The Annotated Reader

4 Oct 2018 – 13 Oct 2018

Event times

Monday — Saturday, 12pm - 8pm

9b Cork Street

London, United Kingdom


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The Annotated Reader is an exhibition-as-publication, or publication-as-exhibition curated by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P. Watts


Consisting of 281 texts selected and annotated by invited creatives, artists, academics, writers, musicians, and designers. 

The invitation was straightforward. Image, we wrote, you've missed your last train —  what single piece of writing would you want with you for company in the small hours? Perhaps this text transformed your thinking. It might be a mantra returned to. Perhaps it is a text you felt should be read by younger generations or that you wish you'd encountered as a student. 

Annotation would add a further layer to the text, demonstrating and suggesting ways of reading, displaying though, complicating the relationship between image and text, reading and looking. Even if three people selected the same text no contribution would be the same. 

With a selection of contributors including Marina Abramović, Art & Language, Paul Clinton, Tom Godfrey, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sarah Lucas, Alistair Hudson, Jerry Saltz and Hans Ulrich Obrist, we invite visitors to compile their own compendium, as an educational resource, curriculum, index and ethics. 

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Jonathan P. Watts

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander

Exhibiting artists

Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović

Art & Language

Prem Sehib

Cory Arcangel

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

Matthew Darbyshire

Gabriel Lester

Pedro Reyes


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