The University of the Underground’s original initiative ‘The Library of Dangerous Thoughts’ a project in collaboration with the digital museum, Collecteurs and the Bureau of Lost Culture, has been featured on Pitchfork!
“Charity group University of the Underground have launched a series of records pressed on X-ray film. The Library of Dangerous Thoughts features unreleased songs and audio from artists like Massive Attack, Pussy Riot, Jónsi of Sigur Rós, Noam Chomsky, Alex Somers, and more. The series—presented by Collecteurs (a digital museum that facilitates public access to private art collections) and the Bureau of Lost Culture—aims to raise awareness against censorship.”
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The Library of Dangerous is a capsule collection of previously unreleased tracks and ‘dangerous thoughts’ engraved on x-ray films are unique vinyl-type records made with audio cut onto radiography film. X-ray records were made as an act of defiance against censorship in cold war era Soviet Union, where they were used as an underground method of distributing prohibited music by Western, emigre and banned Russian musicians. This unforgettable cultural response to state censorship is now presented as a contemporary reminder of the not-so-distant past and collected in the “Library of Dangerous Thoughts” supporting freedom of thinking and countercultures.
This initiative is a call to inspire citizens of the world into creating further pluralistic platforms and to support free education.
As a part of the release, a limited number of these collectable x-ray records cut by the Bureau of Lost Culture on an original 1957 recording lathe will be available for sale and on auction on Collecteurs, the world’s first digital museum with a mission to create access to millions of unseen artworks in storage facilities. Soundbites from the unreleased tracks and a special editorial report on censorship will also be presented along with the x-ray records. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the University of the Underground, a charity offering free and transnational education for the next generation of creatives. The University of the Underground aims to maintain, support and cultivate countercultures that will reactivate the public’s engagement with democratic institutions, politics and their plausible futures.