November 3, 2017

Participate in the Fall 2017 Flaxman Library Bibibliodérive


Bibliodérive is the application of the Situationist International practice of the dérive or “drift” reapplied to the realm of research, libraries and archives.

The Flaxman Library bibliodérive is a collection of generative, open-ended actions, or situations, taken to destabilize research practices geared towards an expected product or outcome, the gathering of information to merely support extant ideas and thought structures. It is a disruption in the traditional use value assigned to the library, the archive, to information storage and even to the very concept of research itself.


Bibliodérive will be held on Thursday, November 30, with the Flaxman Library as its central location. This interactive, participatory, all day event is open to all SAIC students, faculty and staff. Whether individually or in an organized group, participants are invited to engage with the library’s collections, architecture and community.


There are two main ways to participate in the Bibliodérive:

  1. Propose a situation here: (to receive the fullest attention of the organizers regarding logistics, please do so by November 17).
  2. Add a dérive “prompt” to the Flaxman Library Bibliodérive Deck.