The Jonestown Library


“We didn’t commit suicide, we committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.”


– Jim Jones, on the Peoples Temple's last recording in Jonestown, 18 November 1978

The Jonestown Library is an art project based on a list of 112 book titles that existed in the library in Jonestown. Using this list as a starting point, I work with various projects that aim to spread and preserve the library. The Jonestown Library has taken the form of such things as a listmania! list on Amazon.com where the titles are tracked, a blog, a one-day library with the available titles borrowed from libraries around Stockholm, a physical collection of all 112 titles in a suitcase and a proposal for public art in Gävle.


“If you had an important idea that you wanted to let everyone (in the world) know about, how might you go about letting them know?”


– Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity. [Book no. 102 in The Jonestown Library]


Links
The Jonestown Library as an Amazon listmania! list.
The Jonestown Library as a blog.
The Jonestown Library as a proposal for public art in Gävle.
Companion slideshow to The Jonestown Library (a part of The Jonestown Library at Konstfacks degree exhibition)

A one-day library at Renseriet.

A one-day library at Renseriet.

A one-day library at Renseriet.

A one-day library at Renseriet.

The Jonestown Library on Amazon.

At Gävle Konstcentrum.

At Gävle Konstcentrum.

The Jonestown Library as a blog.

Eight of the 112 books.

Slide from the slideshow.

Slide from the slideshow.