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 email@example.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
co-organised with Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti
On the Gradual Construction of Thoughts During Speech' by Heinrich von Kleis, translated by Michael Hamburger
Metanoia: Speculative Ontology of Language by Armen Avanessian and Anke Hennig
Notes on the Melody of Things by Rainer Maria Rilke
Johanna Macy - A Wild Love for the World, an interview with Krista Tippett from the podcast 'On Being'
Scenography of Friendship by Svetlana Boym
Mimicry and Legendary Psychathentis by Roger Caillois
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
Self-portrait and On Vigilance from Confabulations by John Berger
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
The Storyteller by Walter Benjamin
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
‘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.
Sol Archer, reading group
Marco Balesteros, designer, reading group
Eloise Sweetman, curator, reading group
A warm thanks to Anna Maria Łuzcak, Arin Rungjang, Damon Zucconi, Ghislain Amar, Huib Haye van der Werf, Ian Sweetman, Jason Hendrik Hansma, Jo-ey Tang, Katie West, Kornkrit Jianpinidnan, Laurens Schumacher, Lex ter Braak, Lorraine Sweetman, Louwrien Wijers, Martine Batchelor, Miyeon Lee, Mondriaan Fonds, Peach, Raewyn Martyn, Romy Finke, Sofia Caesar, & Sol Archer, & Solange Roosen.