UTS Library

Shelf Life Exhibition

Shelf Life Exhibition

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Selected work from the inaugural 2012 UTS Library Artist in Residence, Chris Gaul.

Exploring creative approaches for understanding the Library's collections.

Shelf Life displays a few concepts for very different methods of discovery as we prepare to store up to 80% of our physical collection in an underground automated retrieval system that will be adjacent to a new and relocated library on Broadway, in the middle of our redeveloped campus.

Chris recognises that in this brave new environment the nature of online interfaces for exploring the collection and browsing books becomes even more relevant. Rather than being sterile and uninspiring, these interfaces can be creative, unexpected tools that encourage playful exploration and serendipitous discovery. As Chris writes:

What if you could wear a pair of headphones and wander library shelves listening to the babble of books reading themselves aloud? What if you could tune into different frequencies of books, or use their Dewey call numbers to call them on the telephone?

Here are three videos documenting the exhibition. (Videos by Dave Katague)

Shelf Life from Chris Gaul on Vimeo.


Library Frequency Tuner from Chris Gaul on Vimeo.


Call Number Telephone from Chris Gaul on Vimeo.