Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art


The Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art is a collection of printed publications covering the Norwegian media art field. The collection represents the most comprehensive knowledge and documentation of media arts in Norway, in terms of history, artistic activities, artists, and developments within the field.

The project aims at strengthening the media art field’s presence within the Norwegian art scene. The intent is as well an attempt to contribute to the further development of the Norwegian media art field by providing a solid basis of the field’s history and collected knowledge in one, complete archive. The project encourages the growth of Norwegian media arts publications, which is necessary for providing an overview of the historical importance of Norwegian media arts culture, and at the same time ensuring ongoing development of the field.

The second edition of the Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art consists of 147 printed publications. They represent important documentation and references of the media art field’s development and presence in Norway.

The research behind the second edition has not only been concentrated on collecting well-known works but has also tried to uncover what the founder of the Temporary Library project series, Alessandro Ludovico, defines as “sleeping knowledge”; publications that have been published in only a few copies, and in several cases have been forgotten and left behind in a storage facility.

Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art is produced and maintained by TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre. The full collection is available for viewing at TEKS.studio, and by agreement, the library can be lent out for relevant exhibitions and showcases.

The “Temporary Library” is an initiative by Alessandro Ludovico. Each edition has a particular focus, such as The Temporary Library for Transmediale, 2017 (Berlin, Germany), The Temporary Library of Latin American Media Art for ISEA, 2017 (Manizales, Colombia) and The Temporary Library of Portuguese Media Art for xCoAx, 2017 (Lisbon, Portugal).