MMX Gallery

448 New Cross Road London, London, SE14 6TY

The Living Taking and Giving Back Library: A Participatory Experience


Photo: Mark Shackleton

The Alternative Library offers participants the stimulus to re-appropriate, re-utilize and transform found materials. Essentially however it also requires the responsibility to give back, to replenish the shelves with other found materials that are selected to inspire with thought for others – for communal use. The re-evaluated status of found materials/objects/stuff is set provocatively juxtaposed in a culturally revered library context, investigating our unconsidered, waste throw-out-buy-again mentality and relationship with consumerism and the environment. Elements of re-appropriation and play, through a participatory approach, suggest alternatives for environmental responsibility.


Margaret Jennings


Margaret Jennings