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Petite enveloppe urbaine no. 19

(Added 18 September 2011)

Image: Double page spread from Petite enveloppe urbaine no. 19, Amanuensis, 2011

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On April 9, Leisure Projects received the following intriguing email.

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Dear Leisure Projects (Meredith and Susannah),

I hope this email finds you well!

This is an invitation for you to contribute to the Petite enveloppe urbaine No. 19. The PEU is a small-run publishing project, ongoing since 1998 issued by the Centre de recherche urbaine de Montreal. Each issue typically assembles projects around a specific theme and is launched in a city related to that theme. Each issue is published under Creative Commons in the interest of a free and shared culture.

The theme for No. 19 is AMANUENSIS
The location is the PRELINGER LIBRARY, San Francisco

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SEND ME ONE SENTENCE. Something that has been on your mind lately. Don’t think to hard about it.

Please see the attached invitation for more details on your participation. Also attached is an article on the enthralling appropriation-friendly Prelinger Library.

This invitation is sent because we share interests and I respect your work. I hope that this little game appeals to you, because I look forward to being your literary or artistic assistant. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

Thank you kindly,

Felicity

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On April 10, Leisure Projects replied.

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Hello Felicity.
This sounds wonderful and most intriguing.
We offer you a sentence that we are grappling with at the moment. It is a quote. Let us know if its original / future context would be helpful for the project.
Best,
L.P.

“Thrice cursed I should say—the shell of a wild, forgotten phantasy holding nothing but an old superstition.”

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On August 12, The Petite enveloppe urbaine was launched at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.

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LAUNCH / LANCEMENT
Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Jeudi 18 août, 17h-19h, avec DJ cyan
Mémoire pour le future | Memory for the Future, 17 – 27 août

Adad Hannah | Alexandra McIntosh | Alissa Firth-Eagland | Amish Morrell | Andre Furlani | Ann Butler | Anne Bertrand | Anne-Marie Proulx | Ardath Whynacht | Barbara Clausen | Barbara Wisnoski | Catherine Bodmer | Chris Carrière | Claudine Hubert | Corina MacDonald | Daniel Olson | Darren Wershler | David Tomas | Denis Lessard | Denis Longchamps | Doug Scholes | Emily Falvey | Eva Fromm | François Lemieux | Felicity Tayler | Florencia Marchetti | Jacob Wren | jake moore | Jen Allen | Johanne Sloan | John Latour | John Murchie | Karen Spencer | Karilee Fuglem | Leisure Projects | Lowell Darling | Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf | Marisa Jahn | Mark Gaspar | Michael Blum | Michèle Theriault | Michelle Bush | Nathalie Angles | Nicole Burisch | Peter Dubé | Rebecca Duclos | Robin Simpson | Sarah Greig | Sarah Watson | Sarah Wookey | Simon Brown | Sturm Husqvarna | Taien Ng-Chan | Therese Mastroiacovo | Tom Sherman | Urs Lehni | Vincent Bonin | Vincent Trasov

In San Francisco, tsunami sirens pierce the seaside air every Tuesday at noon. In this city under constant threat of extinction, Rick and Megan Prelinger have accumulated a private collection of over 40,000 books, periodicals, ephemera and government documents. Many of these documents were once in public library collections, but have been discarded as cultural memory is digitized and migrates online. In the American democratic tradition of building community through private assets, the Prelingers have opened their Library to everyone compelled by curiosity. While some of its most avid users arrive via Silicon Valley, this Library is an ark of pulp and paper, something solid that might float when rivers of information lose their wellsprings of electricity.

The Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal assigned an amanuensis the task of soliciting search requests from fifty-seven people in different cities. The amanuensis received these requests and browsed the Prelinger Library for appropriate material. The collection is arranged as a landscape, interpolating the history of communities and their relationship to the environment. Accordingly, the act of searching must follow the contours of this topology. Petite enveloppe urbaine No. 19 contains the answers to their questions.

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