Reading for Reading's Sake: UNFIXED

2 Dec 2010 – 4 Dec 2010

Event times

2nd December 6-9pm, 3rd & 4th 12-6pm

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Flat Time House

London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 12, 36, 436
  • Train: Peckham Rye Station

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Reading for Reading's Sake is an ongoing platform for a discursive series of events that shift in geographical and conjectural location with each installment. Flat Time House is pleased to host a weekend of events organised by Reading for Reading's Sakewith David Berridge, Maurice Carlin, Rachel Lois Clapham and Emma Cocker, Patrick Coyle, Ella Finer, John Hill, Helen Kaplinsky and Stefan Sulzer For full programme see foot of page. To read is to absorb, comprehend, determine and evaluate. These processes come to pass not only in the interpretation of a text, but in the perception of any given material. All material is data to be read, accordingly all material is privy to the particular positioning of a participant within a given time and space. John Latham understood books as symbols of fixed knowledge. The printed word, inscribed for its purpose in a particular moment lays unchanged, whilst the universe moves on regardless. How can artists reactivate the fixedness of publications and make the words move with the universe? David Berridge will be delivering a performance and workshop around his continuing delineation of reading as an active practice; a publishing device. Moving on from its earlier incarnation at RfRS in Salford, Reading as Publishing explores how acts and moments of individual reading can be published, and what shifts occur as private moments of textual absorption are translated into public performances, conversations, stories, silences, and images. Re - is an ongoing, iterative performance reading that presses on two writers - and two writing practices - coming together to explore process, product and performance (of text). For UNFIXED,Rachel Lois Clapham and Emma Cocker present a re-iteration of Re - that essays the relationship between performance/document, live/recording, writing/written through the collision of spoken, textual and gestural languages. Patrick Coyle will present a selection of recent findings from his ongoing Spellcheck Stampproject. The stamp is an analogue copyediting device which pushes the published word back into the site of production; the Microsoft word interface. Presented with the collection of ephemera, we are invited to imagine the reading event; a stamping moment. Ella Finer will perform her script Playing Host, a score for live and recorded voices, where the distinct spaces of the mouth, the record and the air are imagined as scenes and sites which contour the voice into meaningful motions. Questioning their own dimensionality, voices ask how the spaces, which play host to them, carve and calibrate their advent into event. As a member of staff in the Flat Time House Mental Furniture (education) Department, John Hill has taken this opportunity to deliver his particular interpretation of Latham's work. An A to U of Flat Time Theory will take place in the Mind which showcases a permanent display of works demonstrating Latham's Time-Base Theory. The Reading Room, a project by Stefan Sulzer delivers apparently universal fables. The artist worked with a curator to make a subjective selection of fictional stories, made available in the form of articulation by actors. For British audiences subtitles highlight the pace of dictatation; the reading is fixed inside the camera frame, but displaced from confines of the library. Contributors to the programme work with an attention to the publicness and privateness of any given reading moment and the activation therein. Certain discourses reappear across works in the show, most prominently: collectivity and singularity, text as score, pedagogy, haptic gestures, instruction and fallibility, displaced words, the mediation of one text with another, dissemination, dialogue, bodies of knowledge, publishing as performance, and the fixedness of the printed word. Programme: Thursday 2 December 6 - 9pm 6pm Launch of GO WITH ME Library of offprints* run by Helen Kaplinsky and Maurice Carlin 7pm Performances by David Berridge, Patrick Coyle, Ella Finer and John Hill *An offprint is an excerpt from a larger publication. Please bring an offprint to donate to the library along with an instruction for reading to accompany this. Visitors are invited to borrow offprints from the library over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon there will be a discussion of readings made over the period of the show. Donations to the library will be taken throughout December Friday 3 December 12 - 6pm 2pm Flat Time Seminar A discussion of John Latham's theoretical writings with Flat Time House's Mental Furniture Department 3.30pm Reading as Publishing Workshop and presentation by David Berridge Saturday 4 December 12 - 6pm 2pm Screening of Stefan Sulzer's project The Reading Room 3pm Re - (Unfixed) A reading by Rachel Lois Clapham and Emma Cocker 4pm GO WITH ME drop in reading group to return and discuss texts in the library Events are free and open to all. To RSVP for a specific event and for reading lists please contactinfo@flattimeho.org.uk Over the past year Reading for Readings Sake have organised a series of symposia focused on reading, through artistic practice. Over 20 programmed events have taken place at venues including Spike Island, Bristol, Islington Mill, Salford and 1 Thoresby Street, Nottingham. readingforreadingssake.wordpress.com


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