The Sitterwerk’s most recent project is called «Werkbank» (Workbench). It is connected with the existing dynamic system of organization and makes the physical archives of the Art Library and the Material Archive accessible in a new way using digital tools. It is essentially about making relationships between books and materials visible. In addition to two reading devices that wander along the rows of shelves once a day and record the location of every book using RFID technology, the system of organization also includes a newly developed «sensitive table.» This table recognizes books and material samples that are lying on it by means of radio frequency antennas and links the contents of the two collections. The table is also equipped with cameras, which enable users to add personal notes, photos, and contents from books to the compilation that is saved. A digital platform programmed for the Sitterwerk makes it possible to record commentaries on personal research and readings. As a kind of by-product of this method of interlinking knowledge, the results can be depicted digitally in existing layout templates and printed on paper in the form of a notebook. The research therefore takes on an analogue form and can also be equipped with an RFID tag and added to the library as a so-called «bibliozine» or used as a form of publication for series of texts on exhibitions, workshops, and symposia.

The project sees itself in a broad sense as an interactive work environment and is a further step in dealing innovatively with the Material Archive, the holdings of the Art Library, and the principle of dynamic organization. Its goal is to bring together the digital and the haptic world at the interface of user and medium. Through working with the new stations, users of the Art Library are involved in the further development of the dynamic organization in the Sitterwerk. Working with the new tool in the surroundings of the Art Library and Material Archive, and not least the creation of notes as digital or printed «bibliozines» is ideal for students and researchers from diverse fields of design, art, or materials science. The notes created can also be used for scholarly work and serve not only as an individual working tool, but also as a tool for groups or school classes.

The Sitterwerk has been working since 2013 on the concept and realization in cooperation with Christian Kern (InfoMedis AG), Anthon Astrom, Lukas Zimmer (Astrom/Zimmer), and Fabian Wegmüller. It is the knowledge, great motivation, and curiosity of these programmers and designers that made the realization of the project possible in the first place. Christian Kern and his company, InfoMedis AG, already advised and supported the Sitterwerk in realizing the dynamic organization. In the project, InfoMedis AG is responsible for the RFID technology, and Astrom/Zimmer & Fabian Wegmüller for the image recognition, the digital interface, and the production of the notebooks. The project was first presented to the public in the Art Library of the Sitterwerk on November 23, 2014. It was supported by the Canton, the City of St.Gallen, and the Steinegg Stiftung, Herisau.

Post by David Weinberger on Werkbank and the Dynamic Order.