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Hosted by Eloise Sweetman, Sol Archer, and Marco Balesteros, the informal reading group meets fortnightly with soup and a new text to read together. The trajectory or theme of the reading group emerges over time and is determined by the group, which changes from meeting to meeting. In this way, the reading group turns the studio into a communal meeting place and the sharing of a varying range of knowledges and voices. There is no expectation to prepare for the readings in advance, but you are welcome to do so should you wish. We also welcome anyone that would like to listen, as there is no pressure to read aloud. The reading group is open to anyone who wishes to join in. Email mail@eloisesweetman.com to let us know that you will be attending and to receive the text in advance. We also invite you to bring an ingredient for the soup.

Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Dates: 24 November, 6 December, 20 December, 10 January, 24 January, 14 February, 28 February

Reading List

14 February

co-organised with Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti
Main text
On the Gradual Construction of Thoughts During Speech' by Heinrich von Kleis, translated by Michael Hamburger
Companion Piece
Metanoia: Speculative Ontology of Language by Armen Avanessian and Anke Hennig

24 January

Main text
Notes on the Melody of Things by Rainer Maria Rilke
Companion Piece
Johanna Macy - A Wild Love for the World, an interview with Krista Tippett from the podcast 'On Being'

10 January

Main text
Scenography of Friendship by Svetlana Boym

20 December

Main text
Mimicry and Legendary Psychathentis by Roger Caillois

Companion Pieces
The Copy that is not a Copy from Mimesis & Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses by Michael Taussig
Room Under the Stairs’ (1993) By Fischli and Weiss
On the New by Boris Groys

6 December

Main text
Self-portrait and On Vigilance from Confabulations by John Berger

Companion Pieces
Discourse on the Logic of Language by M. NourbeSe Philip
Jean-Luc Godard’s 2 or 3 Things I Know about Her (Fragment)
Autumn by Ali Smith (Fragment)
Mimicry and Legendary Psychathentis by Roger Callois

24 November

Main text
The Storyteller by Walter Benjamin

Companion Pieces
Know-how and No-How: stopgap notes on “method” in visual art as knowledge production by Sarat Maharaj
Playing and Knowing from Homo Ludens by Johan Huizinga


Roll on, Roll on, Phenomena (until you are no more)

Ongoing



Curated by Eloise Sweetman

‘Not knowing is most intimate’ is an evolving thinking process without a settled trajectory, as how could it be otherwise? We float; companions in moments of not knowing, as a way of intimately being and becoming together. In these moments, a space is opened to the unexplainable, the unfathomable, the messy in their multiple bodies, shapes, and forms.Through a gradual unfurling, Roll on, Roll on, Phenomena (until you are no more) opens up ways of coming together through acts of not knowing and intimacy. Beginning in the studio, the program unfolds over time with a shifting rhythm, as it expands outward it moves through different spaces. Over time the program radiates out into the city where the studio circles back as an ever-changing space of communal gathering and momentary encounter.

Roll on, Roll on, Phenomena (until you are no more) looks at not knowing as more than saying ‘I don't know’, rather it is an entwined act of vulnerability and responsibility. Intimacy is proposed as the interconnected relationships that emerge, flicker, and disappear over and over again; that is opened out by not knowing. As a discursive exhibition program, the artworks, readings, talks, and audience become companions, intersecting, breaking apart, and reconfiguring in an iterative and continuous becoming with the world.


with Miyeon Lee, Jo-ey Tang, Anna Maria Łuczak, Kornkrit Jianpinidnan, 
Katie West, Arin Rungjang, Martine Batchelor, Peach, Marjolein Schepers, Lorraine Sweetman, Louwrien Wijers, and Charlotte Posenenske.

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