One of the slides belonging to ‘Living with Images’. Johnny Chang, 2023.

Johnny Chang - Living with Images
“Living with Images” is a lecture performance by Johnny Chang, which revisited differently situated archives/libraries to investigate aesthetics of gathering and access.

Activation: 8 June 2023 at Hägerstensåsens Medborgarhus (Stockholm) in collaboration with Grafikens Hus

During this session Johnny Chang discussed how knowledge can be collected from informal, critical and dissident perspectives. With his work, Chang reflected on the possibilities and limitations of collective, interdependent forms of gathering.

Johnny Chang is a Taiwanese-American multidisciplinary designer and artist based in Stockholm. Moving between visual communication, writing, and artistic inquiry, his practice is concerned with circumstances of distance and diaspora, the politics of voice and listening, and processes of sense-making. His work inquires into conditions and entanglements of contemporary everyday life toward cultivating resilient capacities for sensing, feeling, and being in the present. His current residency research with Grafikens Hus is engaged with differently situated archives and libraries to investigate aesthetics of gathering, and terms and methods of access from urgent perspectives.

Read the handout of the performance (EN & SV) here.

More information about Johhny Chang’s work here.

More information about the activation and the collaboration with Collecting Thoughts (Grafikens Hus) here.

One of the banners designed by Johnny Chang for the performance, 2023.


Nikki Giovanni - Gemini

Zong! (2008) M. NourbeSe Philip. Wesleyan University Press.

NourbeSe Reads from Zong!
at Word Ruckus (January 16, 2010--Black Box Theatre).

Rick Holmes (1981) Remember to Remember. Produced by Roy Ayers. Gold Mink Records.

Chris Kando Iijima, Nobuko JoAnne Miyamoto, and William “Charlie” Chin, A Grain of Sand

The Black Panther Party Children singing "Power to the People", The Vinyl Project, The Freedom Archives.

Stefano Harney & Fred Moten, The Undercommons

Stefano Harney, On Study

peep, sonya boyce

Stuart Hall (2001) Constituting an archive, Third Text, 15:54, 89-92

slow emergency siren, ongoing

Celeste West and Elizabeth Katz, eds. (1972) Revolting Librarians. San Francisco, Bootlegger Press.

Joan Marshall (1972) LC Labeling: An Indictment, in Revolting Librarians. San Francisco, Bootlegger Press.

Akram Zaatari’s Objects of Study/The archive of Studio Shehrazade/Hashem el Madani/Studio Practices

Dubravka Sekulić (2018) ON KNOWLEDGE AND “STEALING”, The Funambulist.

Jasbir Puar, The Right to Maim

Mia Mingus (2017) Access Intimacy, Interdependence and Disability Justice,

Ultra-Red listening protocols pamphlets

Jo Freeman, The Tyranny of Structurelessness

Cathy Levine, The Tyranny of Tyranny

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