No Reading After the Internet

Beginning in January 2011, LIFT will co-present the Toronto iteration of No Reading After the Internet, a monthly opportunity to gather and read a text aloud, provoking theoretical illumination on media art works and the context within which such works exist. The focus of the salon series departs from an interest in cinema, but will accommodate the broad and ever expanding scope of contemporary art practices.

The Toronto manifestation of No Reading carries forward an ongoing endeavour that takes place in Vancouver.

The idea of a reading group isn’t new. No Reading nonetheless poses itself as an experimental learning and discussion space. Simply put, we are suspicious of our own reading abilities, and the extent to which our readings are conversant with one another. No Reading means to offer a slow space within which to retrace our steps in the hopes of discovering individual and collective ways through the realms of language and interpretation. The strategies we have at our disposal are twofold: through the yoking of our discussions to a text; and inducing conversations between those texts and related exhibitions or presentations.

The hope is that the varied experiences of those present will yield a spontaneous understanding of the particular text at hand, through the lens of the work it addresses. The idea is not to be lectured at, but to contribute to an emerging, communal reading.

Participation in No Reading After the Internet is free and open to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with a text or its author. Texts will be handed out at the salon. No pre-reading or research is required.

No Reading After the Internet is a project of the collective efforts of Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk, Alexander Muir and cheyanne turions.

 

For more information see the No Reading After the Internet website here.

 

 

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 3:00pm
  Artists in attendance. In conjunction with G Gallery’s exhibition I’d gladly surrender myself to you, body and soul, showcasing the work of collaborators Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, this salon will feature selections from Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s The Soul at Work (2009)....
Friday, September 14, 2012 - 7:00pm
 Rikia Saddy in attendance. On the 40th anniversary of the publication of Margaret Atwood’s Survival, and in celebration of the publication of Rikia Saddy’s We Are Canada, this salon will feature excerpts from both texts with an eye toward developing a language through which to articulate...
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 7:00pm
 mediCINEKika Thorne in attendance July 13 — August 12, 2012 Opening reception: Thursday July 12, 7 to 10pm No Reading After The Internet, cheyanne turions and the artist will host a conversation within the sculpture from 7pm on Tuesday, August 7. Kika Thorne has recently...
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 5:00pm
 Basma Alsharif in attendance In conjunction with A Space’s exhibition of This Story Begins and Ends with Us, a solo show of the work of Basma Alsharif, this salon will feature selections from Helter Skelter (1974), the true crime classic, which will be offered up as a way to...
Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 2:00pm
 Robin Cameron in attendance In conjunction with Art Metropole’s exhibition of Robin Cameron’s T-R-U-T-H, a selection of texts will be read aloud and discussed with the artist within the context of her exhibition at Art Metropole’s new location, which Cameron will transform into a book. ...
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:00pm
LIFT, the Images Festival and Gallery 44 present No Reading After the Internet: Elizabeth Alexander’s "Can you be BLACK and Look at This?": Reading the Rodney King Video(s) as selected by Deanna BowenFacilitated by Deanna Bowen and cheyanne turionsIn conjunction with Gallery 44 and the Images...
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:00pm
 LIFT and Bento Miso present No Reading After the Internet: Women Game Players, Characters and Creators with texts selected by Jennie Faber Facilitated by Jennie Faber and cheyanne turions   The creation and consumption of video games has long been seen as the domain of men and...
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 8:00pm
  LIFT and the Gendai Gallery present No Reading After the Internet: excerpts from Bring the Noise, Inside the White Cube and The Emancipated Spectator, selected in conjunction with the main Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (mMOCCA)  The main Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 7:00pm
Image credit: Barbara Sternberg, in the nature of things, 16mm, 2011.  LIFT and Pleasure Dome present No Reading After the Internet: Thomas Bernhard’s The Voice Imitator: 104 Stories as selected by Barbara SternbergBarbara Sternberg in attendance In conjunction with...
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 7:00pm
 Readings inspired by Annie MacDonell’s “Originality and the Avant Garde (On Art and Repetition)” Annie MacDonell in attendance  In conjunction with Mercer Union’s exhibition of Annie MacDonell’s “Originality and the Avant Garde (On Art and Repetition),” a selection of texts will be...