Reading Exercises

Reading Exercises

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University

Nicoline van Harskamp, A Romance in Five Acts and Twenty-one Englishes, 2015. Video recording of the performance: Jelle van der Does. Courtesy of the artist with the support of the Mondriaan Fund.
November 15, 2015
Reading Exercises

November 19, 2015–January 23, 2016

Opening: Wednesday, November 18, 5:30pm

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
Concordia University
1400, boul. de Maisonneuve West
Montreal, Québec

Curator: Katrie Chagnon

Fiona Banner, Simon Bertrand, Clayton Cubitt, Ricardo Cuevas, Brendan Fernandes, Gary Hill, Bouchra Khalili, Ève K. Tremblay, Nicoline van Harskamp and #ReadTheTRCReport, an initiative by Erica Violet Lee, Joseph Murdoch-Flowers, and Zoe Todd, presented in collaboration with No Reading After the Internet, a project by Amy Kazymerchyk, Alexander Muir, and cheyanne turions.

In recent years, upheavals to traditional reading methods brought on by the development of new digital media have led to a nostalgic discourse foretelling the imminent demise of book culture and its replacement by a widespread new regime of entertainment. Running counter to this trend, many artists today are revisiting the act of reading and reinventing its rules, inviting us to think differently about contemporary issues surrounding this practice.

The exhibition Reading Exercises juxtaposes recent works that use multiple strategies to reappropriate the fields of knowledge, language and writing. As the title suggests, reading is addressed and deployed in this exhibition specifically as an exercise (physical, mental, cognitive, pedagogical, epistemological, political, ethical, etc.) in order to question, among other things, our cognitive faculties, the involvement of the body, contexts of utterances, modes of subjectivation, relations of power, and the formation of social, cultural and gender identities. As such, the presented works serve to broaden our thinking on what it means to read in our day and age.


Wednesday, November 18, during the opening
Starting at 5:30pm: Simon Bertrand
6–7:30pm: Brendan Fernandes
Dancers: David Albert-Toth, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre

Friday, November 20, 4–5:30pm
Brendan Fernandes in conversation with Matthew-Robin Nye

Wednesday, November 25, 6pm
Conversation between exhibition curator Katrie Chagnon and Guylaine Beaudry, university librarian, Concordia University

Free admission—wheelchair accessible

For more information on the exhibition and related events, please visit our website.

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