Photo © Michiel Vandevelde

The Political Party - The Library 

Artist: Michiel Vandevelde
Country: Belgium
Genre: Public action
Year of creation: 2012

In 2012, Michiel Vandevelde initiated the ongoing project ‘The Political Party’. ‘The Political Party’ isn’t a real political party, it is a think tank questioning Western democracy and reflecting upon alternative ways of doing and thinking politics.

This initiative roots in deep concerns around the fragmentation and impotence of public discourse in the west and the inability for political imagination and action that comes along with it. The core question is how we can challenge hegemonic political ideas around the current economic, social and political organization of western society? What other kinds of social, political, economic paradigms can we imagine?

‘The Political Party’ manifests itself in different ways among which a driving library with a selection of political and philosophical books. The driving library has been travelling throughout Europe since 2013 both on formal invitations and through informal manifestations. It aims to be a space for the deepening and exchange of knowledge and political imaginaries. It is a place where one can browse through the books as sources of inspiration. Occasionally the libraries social and political function is enhanced by hosting reading sessions, lectures or statements.


A project initiated by
Michiel Vandevelde

Graphic design
Ward Heirwegh

Thanks to
Bart Capelle

For more information please visit the The Political Party website