Reading Aloud

Back in play after a three-year hiatus, reading aloud has been produced each spring at the intersection of my studio, research, and teaching practices. Passages of text are stripped of citational armor and fitted one into the next to generate recursive loops of almost-story. For fourteen weeks, a new twenty-minute episode is posted weekly.

Initially produced in response to a seminar student’s request, the first season of reading aloud introduced a kind of shared dream life into the class—no one required to listen, no one expected to discuss. In its second season, it served as a reading companion to the Gestures of Resistance exhibition I co-curated with Shannon Stratton at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. In its third year it fancied itself a correspondence course and acted the part. In its fourth year it served as an audio reading companion to an exhibition of artists thinking about time.

Episodes can be listened to below or downloaded from archive.org.

Current Season - Spring 2016

Season VIII: relations, and relations of relations

The title is lifted from a partial recording of a Gregory Bateson lecture on epistemology. Elsewhere in that same lecture he offers this "Always a pattern in the story. Always a pattern in your distortion of the story."

This time after reading a playing enters, musical response becoming ground, Joel Mason on guitar.

listen at archive.org or download episodes.

 Past Seasons - 2009-2015

Seasons V, VI, & VII: hiatus

"There is always what will turn out to be the life we led, and the life that accompanied it, the parallel life (or lives) that never actually happened, that we lived in our minds, the wished-for life (or lives): the risks untaken and the opportunities avoided or unprovided. We refer to them as our unlived lives because somewhere we believe that they were open to us; but for some reason – and we might spend a great deal of our lived lives trying to find and give the reason – they were not possible."

-Adam Philips, Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

 

 

Season IV: Hairy about the heel: fables for the present

Hairy about the heel served as an audio reading companion to The Hairy Blob, an exhibition curated by Adelheid Mers for the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago (April-July 2012). The reading companion and the exhibition shared a common focus on the visualization of time as well as a kindred interest in fostering practices of presence. Listen at archive.org or download zip file of entire season.

 

Season III: Correspondence Course

The third season of reading aloud fancied itself a correspondence course and played the part. Course could be audited though no credit was available at the time. Listen at archive.org or download zip file of entire season.

 

 

Season II: In proximity of craft and performance

Throughout the 2010 Gestures of Resistance exhibition I co-curated with Shannon Stratton for the Museum of Contemporary Craft we posted weekly readings-aloud as a distributed component of our study center.

Taking a performative turn on the study of craft, performance, and all they attract. Addressing the current state of the unfolding exhibition, the artist in residence that week, and our own evolving questions. None of the writing from which we read is our own, nor will we tell you whose it is.

Unbordered citation. Productive ambivalence. Each episode runs about twenty minutes.

The introductory sound of each podcast is Tracey Cockrell writing the following text on one of her poemophones:

Modernity has drawn a line. A line around voices. A line under the past. It has circled, encompassed, enclosed voices, in order to separate them, in order to order them, in order to set them one against the other.

Eloise Knowlton, Joyce, Joyceans, and the Rhetoric of Citation

Listen at archive.org or download zip file of entire season.

Season I: Seed plot: for my seminar students

The inaugural season, produced in response to a seminar student’s request. This first season of reading aloud introduced a kind of shared dream life into the class—no one required to listen, no one expected to discuss. Listen at archive.org or download zip file of entire season.