1/04/2017 — 13/05/2017

Re-learning to Read

Guest Curated by Torque (Nathan Jones and Sam


Artists: Anna Barham, Nathan Jones, Nicholas Malevé, Erica Scourti, Tom Schofield, Sam Skinner, Emily Speed

Involving interactive installations, videos, and a new text-based work for the stairwell, this exhibition asks how we might all relearn to read in an era of social media, emojis and speed reading apps. Visitors are invited to bring their own books or borrow books from the library to use on a "reading machine", developed in collaboration with artist/technologist Tom Schofield. This will combine scanners, screens and sculpture to create a radically new human-computer reading experience.

The exhibition also includes works by Erica Scourti, Anna Barham, Emily Speed and Nicholas Malevé and will involve hand-made flip books, VR-headset poems, and further digital artworks asking: what new forms can reading take and how can art augment and intervene in these processes?

A symposium on Sat 6 May (more details to follow) will feature presentations from artists and an opportunity for discussion of the exhibition's subject matter. Workshops led by Lisa Wigham creating flip books text-works will enable further participation and engagement opportunities with the project.

Pre-Opening preview and performance: 31st March, 4pm, Central Library: Book your place here

Opening 1st April, 2.30pm

Symposium: 6th May.  Featuring presentations by Anna Barham, Helen Palmer and Nicolas Malevé.


Image: Sam Skinner, Untitled, 2016