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Within the context of questioning many artistic structures, Improbable Connections wants to revindicate the essential role of the structures of art training, dissemination and production. Without them, it would be difficult for artists and thinkers, who contribute great value to society in general and a project such as Improbable Connections in particular, to continue researching and experiencing other ways of conceiving and constructing the world.

OpenLab in Australia

9 December 2011, Melbourne (Australia)

Cultural Centres for the Future the library

Presented by ARTSHOUSE, Banana Asylum, FSGR and Conexionnes Improbables.

Libraries are places that are naturally interdisciplinary, porous and open to imaginative trajectories. In an increasingly digital world, libraries are seeking new ways to engage audiences and readers with changing bodies of knowledge. In this context Banana Asylum in collaboration with the Fundacion Germán Sánchez Ruipérez, are working with the staff, to imagine the 'Cultural centre for the future'’. The aim of the project is to reconcile cultural consumption in an emerging culture of cloud technology with a physical space of encounter, making conversation a fundamental basis of the relationship between citizens, culture and the community. This OpenLab is an opportunity to bring artists working in libraries together to discuss converging practices and opportunities for nterdisciplinary dialogue in a library context.

Banana Asylum have been commissioned by Connexiones Improbables to work with the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation, through its Sociocultural Development Centre located in Peñaranda de Bracamonte (Salamanca, Spain). Banana Asylum are a collaboration between Madeleine Hodge (artist) and Leili Sreberny-Mohammadi (anthropologist) based in London. The primary concern is exploring the disciplinary boundaries between art and anthropology, while creating interventions in which the two practices may mimic and diverge.

Banana Asylum will present 'In the Clouds', a working project, with Madeleine and Leili and the team from the Foundation connecting via Skype (in English). With Melbourne Artists Lara Thoms, Ross Coulter and Robert Heather Senior Curator from the State Library of Victoria.

Artistic and documentary interventions will be provided by field theory
Wine and snacks will be provided for the discussion.

When: 9th December 2011, 3pm–6pm (Australian time) / 5am–8am (Spanish time)
Where: Arts House (, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne 3051
Target audience: artists, researchers, librarians, cultural and digital anthropologists, archivists, arts managers and those interested in the future.
Register for the workshop by sending an email to