Lacuna is a product of three fantastic organizations coming together around a central mission—to inspire the world to connect with reading in new and unexpected ways.
The design and concept of Lacuna comes from The FLUX Foundation.
FLUX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to engage people in designing and building public art as a catalyst for education, collaboration and empowerment. FLUX exists as a new model for the exploration of large-scale art. At our core, we are collaborators. We believe that each step in the art-making process is a chance to work together to create something monumental. Each project is a vehicle to learn new technical skills, cultivate a critical approach to art and discover that you, too, can be an artist, a creator, and an instigator. Since 2010, we have created eleven collaborative interactive installations and cultivated a community of over 300 volunteers. Learn more about FLUX's other projects at www.fluxfoundation.org.
The books that line Lacuna's walls are courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1996 to build an Internet library and to provide permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to all historical collections that exist in digital format. Libraries exist to preserve society's cultural artifacts and to provide access to them. If libraries are to continue to foster education and scholarship in this era of digital technology, it's essential for them to extend those functions into the digital world. In collaboration with individuals, universities, and major institutions such as Library of Congress and the Smithsonian, the Internet Archive is working to preserve a record for generations to come by obtaining and then scanning artifacts from around the world, and making them publicly available online. All of the books used in Lacuna are books that the Archive has scanned and put into its online repository. You can find them in their digital incarnations at OpenLibrary.org
Lacuna is produced by the Bay Area Book Festival.
The Bay Area Book Festival is an annual literary extravaganza in Berkeley, CA during the first weekend in June. Free to the public, the festival delights audiences for two days with readings from nearly 300 of the world’s leading authors, an outdoor street fair with over 100 exhibitors, innovations in publishing and storytelling, and performances and installations that exemplify the Bay Area’s unique literary history. The Bay Area Book Festival is an affiliate project of Independent Arts & Media. Learn more about the festival at www.baybookfest.org