You can cuddle up to a book in this adorable fluffy library that has been created in Greece. Athens is UNESCO’s World Book Capital 2018, and cultural organisation Atopos Contemporary Visual Culture has transformed its first floor into an unconventional library with a participatory installation, creating a cuddly environment for reading, storytelling and play for both young and old.
Called #TextMe_FluffyLibrary, it also operates as a workshop, producing a fairytale discussing issues of gender roles and human or non-human relationships. The project combines a large-scale installation with impromptu performances, collective storytelling, plush sculptures and furry costumes.
Fluffy, the main character of the fairytale, is a gigantic, hybrid creature that lives inside the library alongside a series of monster-letter characters. The premise is that it eats books from the library and digests them into knowledge through its fuzzy cavities. Visitors to the library remove their shoes before entering, so they can immerse themselves among the fluffy paraphernalia. They can even lie on Fluffy to read a book or to just relax alone or with Fluffy’s friends, as the organisation’s library consists of more than 2500 art and visual culture books.
The #TextMe project is a year of action and events in media arts. The ground floor and courtyard of the building are being used by #TextMe_Lab, a parallel programme with performances, workshops, lectures, discussions and mini-exhibitions from artists and academics.
#TextMe was an original concept by Atopos’ artistic director Vassilis Zidianakis, who invited Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou to design and implement #TextMe_FluffyLibrary. Antigoni’s work merges imaginary and real worlds, childhood memories and adult life and is influenced by feminist and queer theories.
#TextMe_FluffyLibrary will continue until 23 April, 2019, and further information is available here.