WPKN Archives: Live Culture with Martha Willette Lewis episode 40: Lost Again

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Live Culture

Original Aired:
Saturday, June 30th, 2018
11:00AM to 12:00PM

1 hour

Saturday, June 30th, 2018 11:01AM

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Episode: Live Culture with Martha Willette Lewis episode 40: Lost Again

During the summer I like to travel and this year is no exception. Being away from the station offers the chance to look back at past Live Culture episodes and to chose one for re-airing. This one seemed a natural fit: it is full of history, adventures, and stories of making art on the road, making it a great choice for summer listening. Lost Again is a re-broadcast of a show from January 2018 with British artist Abigail Reynolds about her BWW Art Journey- a prize that took her along the Silk Road on a motorcycle hauling a Bolex camera to document the sites of lost libraries. Her epic journey has resulted in a book, a film and an art exhibition. Abigail was live in the WPKN studios with me, during her recent US visit to libraries in New York, and was gracious enough to journey the extra miles to Bridgeport!

Her book, now published by Hatje Cantz, and the film: Lost Libraries are a part of the current exhibition Wish You Were Here: Journals, Journies and Expeditions, a group show up at the Gallery Upstairs at the Institute Library in New Haven until August 31st. more information on that is at Institutelibrary.org.

On her remarkable trip Abigail visited the following library sites:

Stone Steles, Xian, China- found about 1080
Xianyang Palace, Xian - lost 206BC
Baisigou Pagoda, Yinchuan, China - lost 1970
Mogao Caves, Dunhuang, China- lost 11th century, found 1900
Palace Library, Khanate of Kokand, Uzbekistan - lost 1876
Nishapur,Iran - lost 1154
Hidden Libraries of Tehran - hidden 1979
Roman libraries of Turkey: Celsus in Ephesus (lost 262AD) Pergamon (lost 41BC), Nysa (lost 1402AD)
Library of the Serapeum in Alexandria, Egypt - lost 392AD
Cairo Genizeh, Egypt - found 1900
Institute of Egypt, Cairo - lost 2011
Bibliotheca Ulpia, Rome, Italy - lost around 600AD
Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, Italy - lost 79AD, discovered 1752

More on Abigail.
More on the book Lost Libraries
More on the BMW Art Journey

Come arm-chair travel with us as we discuss her project.
Live Culture will air live next month on July 28 with an all-new show....

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