…………………..PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT!!!………………..

Posted on March 27, 2010

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READING FOR READING’S SAKE

9 – 11  April 2010

Islington Mill, James St. Salford, M3 5HW.

http://www.islingtonmill.com

Aesthetics and Politics Reading Group, Ruth Beale, David Berridge,

 Katie Brandon, Maurice Carlin, Rachel Lois Clapham, Patrick Coyle, Lowri Evans,

Ella Finer, Royston Futter, Martin Holman, Helen Kaplinsky, Stephen Kingston,

 Fraser Muggeridge, Tamarin Norwood, Sam Playford, Lucy May Schofield,

 Megan Wakefield.

 

WORKSHOPS, EVENTS & READING GROUPS

(Scroll to bottom for details of installations taking place

over the entire weekend)

 

FRIDAY APRIL 9th

ART & EDUCATION

Megan Wakefield

Reading Group

11.00am – 12.30pm

Islington Mill is the home of a DIY art school and education is the new

buzzword in contemporary art discourse, with a plethora of conferences,

symposia and texts exploring the politics of art education and its perceived

crisis. I am researching peer learning amongst artists in Bristol, and have

been reading texts from the 1920s to the present day, including the latest

research on learning in contemporary art contexts. Personally I always learn

best through dialogue, and I would like to use extracts from some of these

texts to pose some fundamental questions and provoke a collective debate:

• Does art have rudiments?

• Is art a “calling”, a “profession” or both?

• Can art be taught? Can it be learnt?

• What knowledge do artists value?

It would be great if each participant could read one text from a selection.

When you RSVP I’ll send you a choice of titles and a short extract of

your chosen text to read in advance of the meeting.

Please RSVP to megswakefield@gmail.com

Megan Wakefield is a PhD student with University of the West of England and

Spike Island Bristol, where she also works.

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MUSICA PRACTICA

Tamarin Norwood

1 – 1.15pm

Musica Practica is an ongoing research project that treats texts as machines

for making new things. The project addresses the relationship between writing

a text and reading a text, and seeks to develop convergences and

reciprocations between the two practices.

During Reading for Reading’s Sake a short text from the Musica Practica

project will be available to read and to write. Readers are invited first to read

the text, and then to give shape to their silent reading by writing the text

outwards again from memory onto blank paper. The resulting texts will be

compiled to produce a document of the ordinarily ephemeral act of reading.

Tamarin is an artist and writer based in London.

http://www.tamarinnorwood.co.uk

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LUNCH available from Islington Mill café.

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READING IN THE CITIES

2.30 – 5.30pm

Participants are invited to take their reading out in an exploration of the twin

cities of Salford and Manchester.

For those unfamiliar with the area, we have asked a number of locals for their

best tips on out of the ordinary or favoured reading spots. From the

suggestions collected so far, take your pick from the luxurious courthouse

consultation rooms to the hotel where Rolls met Royce or seated at the grimy

foot of a Victorian reading pioneer!

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19.00 – 2100

DINNER with DINNER-TIME LECTORS – A delicious hot and cold veggie

buffet with vegan option at the Mill for a very reasonable £5 per person.

NB. Booking essential. Please email deaddigital@islingtonmill.com to

book a place.

Dinnertime Lectors include Stephen Kingston of the Salford Star.

 We hope some of you might want to take a turn!

VENDREDIS

Helen Kaplinsky

Performance

A reading of Jorge Luis Borges’ short story Pierre Menard, Author of the

Quixote will be made in which a previous reader’s note’s upon the page will

be read simultaneously. This ghostly feedback parallels Borge’s critique of

literary criticism, in favour of the writerly reader.

The reading will incorporate the process of re-writing. A dictionary will be

painted with glue as definitions are read, disallowing the re-reading of the

definition as it once was.

Helen is an artist and curator based in London.

http://www.helenkaplinsky.com

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SATURDAY APRIL 10th

READING AS PUBLISHING

David Berridge

Workshop and presentation

10.30am – 12.30pm

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. READING AS PUBLISHING begins from the following

assumptions: (1) texts are mobile and easily distributed, so site specificity

belongs to the moment of writing, the act of reading and commentary; (2)

writing and reading are private acts, which must be made be public in order to

have political efficacy. READING AS PUBLISHING will begin with a

presentation of a range of printed, visual and oral materials that unfold how

reading can be published and made public, proposing a preliminary set of

techniques and possibilities. The rest of the session will be for participants to

read privately, then consider how to publish that experience to the group. The

session will conclude with a sharing of our “publications.”

David is a Writer and Curator based in London. Current projects include THE

SHADOW OF A TRAIN, a script for an exhibition at Totalkunst, Edinburgh, in

June, and the event and publication series ART WRITING FIELD STATION.

http://www.verysmallkitchen.com

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AESTHETICS & POLITICS READING GROUP

Penny Whitehead, Daniel Simpkins, Ben Phillips and Lorena Rivero de Beer

To the People of Lincoln, from the Liverpool 13…

12.45 – 1.30pm

The Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group is an informal association of

people based mainly in Liverpool with an interest in exploring the complex

relationship between politics and aesthetics, initiated with the aim of creating

a space that supports the reading of philosophical / political theory outside of academic

environments. In February 2010, following reading of and discussion around the infamous

revolutionary text The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee

(2005), the reading group decided to set out for the unsuspecting cathedral

city of Lincoln, armed with 13 copies of the text and ready for action…

For Reading for Reading’s Sake, members of the Politics and Aesthetics

Reading Group will discuss ideas around reading as a shared practice as a

catalyst for collective action.

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LUNCH available from Islington Mill café.

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THE TEXT AND HER READERS

Sam Playford-Greenwell

Reading Group

3 – 4.30pm

Reciprocate the tireless gifts bestowed over the weekend by these flimsy and

vulnerable volumes. Show a little consideration for what the texts themselves

have gained from our perusal of their pages and performance of their

propositions. A group reading and discussion of an extract from the text

Communication and the Work by the literary philosopher Maurice Blanchot,

from his 1955 book The Space of Literature, that addresses the strange

relationship between the reader and the work read, the peculiar service the

reader provides for the work itself by and through their reading.

Sat still on a park bench, curling from one page to the next, a lightness

emanates and embodies these pages; and as your eyes follow its lines, a

most generous resuscitation is performed, in which the inappropriate passivity

of the word “follow” is hidden.

Please RSVP to samsamthefryingpanman@hotmail.com and text by Blanchot

will be emailed to you in advance.

Sam is an artist and practice-led PhD student based in Bristol.

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THE DEMOLITION OF DALE GARAGE: A Commemorative Bookmaking

Performance.

Lowri Evans, Maurice Carlin.

Performance

5pm – 5.30pm

A garage is demolished; a book is made. Artists Maurice Carlin and Lowri

Evans mark the passing of a building through a performance of publishing. A

letter announcing the imminent demise of 21/23 Oldfield Road becomes the

starting point for a deconstruction of language, memory and ritual.

Maurice Carlin is an artist based in Manchester. He is a member of Islington

Mill Art Academy, an alternative self-organised art school.

http://islingtonmillartacademy.blogspot.com/

Manchester based Lowri Evans makes art and performance. A cv graced by

Quarantine, Grupo XIX and her own Shot in the Dark is punctuated by her

own self-styled mission of having “a vague stab at everything”.

http://lowrievans.blogspot.com/

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PERSONAL READING HISTORIES

Megan Wakefield

Workshop

6.30 – 7.30pm

“Far from being writers—founders of their own place, heirs of the peasants of

earlier ages now working on the soil of language, diggers of wells and builders

of houses—readers are travellers; they move across lands belonging to

someone else, like nomads poaching their way across fields they did not

write, despoiling the wealth of Egypt to enjoy it themselves.”

 (de Certeau 1984, 174).

Plot the links between your reading history, autobiography and practice. In

which significant places did you read? Who influenced your reading? Whose

voice do you recall reading aloud? A workshop to map out your reading

histories in any medium. Map protagonists, scenes, images, plotlines,

forbidden books, frightening books, comforting books, books endlessly reread,

graphic novels, stories and even periods of complete reading

abstinence. Bring materials to work with (just a pen if you wish!) and a headful

of books.

Megan Wakefield is a PhD student with University of the West of England and

Spike Island Bristol, where she also works.

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19.45pm

DINNER with DINNER-TIME LECTORS – A delicious hot and cold veggie

buffet with vegan option at the Mill for a very reasonable £5 per person.

NB. Booking essential. Please email deaddigital@islingtonmill.com to

book a place.

Dinnertime Lectors include:

Royston Futter , Working Class Movement Library and Writer Martin Holman.

We hope some of you might want to take a turn!

Ruth Beale will give a reading of A Bibliography of Belief, the first in a series of five new texts

written in response to the ‘Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlets’. The original Hogarth Press series was

published in 1939 to “provide thinking people with the means to consider fundamental problems

 in art, literature, taste and morals”. The first, What I Believe by E.M. Forster, outlines Forster’s

of humanist attitude through musings on Tolerance, Democracy, Parliament and distrust of Great Men.

 Ella Finer will be performing a reading of A Play for Offstage Voices, a script composed entirely of

voices to be read offstage. A limited edition of the ‘event score’ will be available to be available to buy for £2.00.

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Saturday night entertainment in the clubspace from The Second Sitting with

Crazy P live (limited reduced guest list available). Booking required, please

contact: deaddigital@islingtonmill.com

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SUNDAY APRIL 11TH

RADICAL TRUST: TAGGING THE LIBRARY

Katie Brandon

11am

As Roland Barthes said in “The Death of the Author,” “a text consists of

multiple writings, proceeding from several cultures and entering into dialogue,

into parody, into contestation; but there is a site where this multiplicity is

collected, and this site is not the author, as has hitherto been claimed, but the

reader.” Likewise, the multiplicity of the library is not collected in its librarian or

its catalogue, but in its readers. Throughout the weekend Katie will open out

the classification of this library to all who use it. Take a book. Read it. Tag it

however you choose. Enter the tags into the catalogue.

Katie is an artist based in Manchester. She is the current Islington Mill

resident librarian.

http://www.islingtonmill.com/d.php?r=islingtonmillreferencelibrary

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ESSAYING TOUCH

Rachel Lois Clapham

Performance

12 noon

 George Bataille wrote about the agency of the BIG TOE. John Baldessari pointed at

paintings pointing at conceptual art. Somewhere between these two notions is the praxis of

the FINGER as a simultaneous form of writing, or diagram, and physical gestures as text.

[ Essaying Touch ] is a body of work that runs quietly through Reading for Reading’s Sake pressing

on embodied acts of (w)reading and writing, finger(ing) texts and pointing to pointing to things.

 Documents will be made over the course of the three days and thisperformance/presentation is a 

collective moment of attention to Rachel’s responses over the weekend.

 Rachel Lois Clapham is Co-Director of Open Dialogues, a UK based collaboration that produces

critical writing on and as performance.

 www.opendialogues.com

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EVENTS AND INSTALLATIONS OVER THE WEEKEND:

PAMPHLETATHON

Ruth Beale

Join Ruth in reading a selection of pamphlets from her Pamphlet Library (2008-ingoing).

The library is collection of polemical, political and ideological pamphlets, each one exemplifying

 the pressing issues and opinions of their time. As the collection grows.. so does the reading list!

Ruth is an artist based in London. Pamphlet Library is an ongoing project

which has been exhibited internationally at SPACE, London, Gallery Atsui,

Vancouver and Takt, Berlin.

http://www.ruthbeale.net

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BIBLIOTHERAPY ARTIST’S BOOK LIBRARY

Lucy May Schofield

Whatever your symptoms, Lucy will diagnose an artist’s book to help you find

a way through your woes, or at least distract you from your plight for 10

minutes. Clients are invited to relax in the ‘reading chair’ and tell the artist

their needs/anxieties/dreams/desires so an appropriate artist’s publication can

be selected.

There will be a wide selection of books on loan ranging in theme, format,

humour, beauty, insight, and degree of professionalism from well known to

not-known artists, available for digestion in the designated silent study area .

Lucy is an artist based in Manchester. BABL is an ongoing project. Lucy’s

limited edition books are in international collections, including Tate.

http://www.lucymayschofield.co.uk

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PLAY FOR OFFSTAGE VOICES

[The score and the reading]

Ella Finer

Interactive installation

A Voice in the Darkness resounds in the echo of a V in a score composed

entirely of lines written to be read from offstage. On the occasion of ‘Reading

for Reading’s Sake’, and in the tradition of the fluxus score, a limited edition

set of publications of the ‘event score’ will be installed and available to be

picked up and read aloud or alone by voices marking air-space as off stage,

off frame, off page.

Ella Finer’s work in performance and research concerns gender and sound

and the materialising of female vocality, voice and presence in theatre. She

recently organized an AHRC project Building:Sound, a symposium of sound

across disciplines. http://www.buildingsound.org

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DESIGNED BY FRASER MUGGERIDGE STUDIO

Fraser Muggeridge

Interactive installation

Designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio is an installation of 48 new books,

each unique and made up of 48 different publications designed by Fraser

Muggeridge studio. The limited edition book has been meticulously reformed,

as an amalgam of 48 selected books and catalogues, from 2001 to present,

designed for clients including Bookworks, Lund Humphries and Tate

Publishing. With 192 pages of contrasting form and content, Designed by

Fraser Muggeridge Studio is a reconfiguring of separated leaves in which

typography, image, ink and paper can either clash or complement in their new

formations.

‘… strange combinations, contradictions, arrangements nearly

bad; not pastiche, but sort of, not homage, but sort of; history, but now.’ Eric

Kindel (from his introduction Book of Books)

Fraser Muggeridge founded Typography Summer School, and is a tutor on the week-long programme

 of typographic study in London for recent graduates and professionals in July 2010. A second

edition of Designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio is currently being exhibited at Kaleid Editions, London.

http://www.pleasedonotbend.co.uk www.typographysummerschool.org

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ALPHABETES

Patrick Coyle

Installation and Performance, 20 mins

“A. Alphabetes (from the Ancient Greek alphabētos, originating from the first

two letters of the Greek alphabet, and diabetes, from the Ancient Greek

diabainō, meaning ‘to pass through’, referring to the excessive amounts of

urine produced by sufferers).”

Alphabetes, takes us on an alphabetical tour of

twenty six items of ephemera and printed material that the artist pins, from A

to Z, at head height around the gallery space. Providing a print-out of his

script for audience members, he leaves his own reading of the increasingly

specific script to memory. The viewer effectively becomes the inadvertent

examiner of the relative success or failure of Coyle’s recalling of the script,

accompanied only by his 26 ‘aide-memoire’. Crafting slippages between the

visual and verbal quality of language, Coyle examines our experience of that

which has been heard, read and seen.

Patrick is an artist based in London. He is currently producing a weekly live

radio show for CHELSEA Space with Cally Spooner, (broadcast on

Resonance 104.4 FM) and has made recent performances at The David

Roberts Art Foundation, The Mews, SHIFT. and FormContent, (all London,

2010).

For more info contact:

Maurice Carlin – 07917714369 – deaddigital(at)islingtonmill.com

Helen Kaplinsky – 07944034995 – kaplinskyhelen(at)yahoo.co.uk

Megan Wakefield – 07929483922 – megswakefield(at)gmail.com

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