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Library Interventions: Reading Gendered Words
Thu 20 April 2017, 10:30 – 18:30 BST
From the 13th of April The Blenheim Walk Gallery at Leeds College of Art will open with a doubled library. The new collection mirrors itself through Maria Fusco's scrutiny; SPUR creates The Girl Library, a hub for reading groups and an open reading space within the gallery; Rosa Nussbaum manipulates the material form of the book to explore queer absence within institutionalised collections.
Join us as these explorations are gathered together on the 20th of April for a symposia – Library Interventions: Reading Gendered Words.
Maria Fusco explores the possibility of ourselves as strange and new: a practical structural analysis. The opaque process of standard library classification systems is exposed and challenged by re-ordering a substantial collection of books from Leeds College of Art library.
Maria Fusco is an internationally renowned writer and Reader at University of Edinburgh. Her research is concerned with fiction as critical practice, working across the registers of the fictive, critical & theoretical writing; editing, and independent publishing. These varied registers are mutual in nature, informing each other to build an expansive approach to what writing ‘might be’ within contemporary art. Maria's latest book is Legend of the Necessary Dreamer (London: Vanguard Editions, 2017) hailed by Chris Kraus as "a new classic of female philosophical fiction".
SPUR: GIRL girl /ɡəːl/ noun – Gone Girl. The Girl on a Train. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Girl with a Pearl Earring. Mean Girls. Guerrilla Girls. She is everywhere, but who or what is a girl?
SPUR is an arts and writing collective based between Leeds and Manchester.
Wendy Kirk - in discussion with Maria Fusco.
Wendy Kirk is Librarian at Glasgow Women’s Library. Maria and Wendy together explore further aspects of Reading Gendered Words.
Rosa Nussbaum with Eva Weinmayr and Rosalie Schweiker of AND Publishing
Using submissions from the Library of Omissions and Inclusions as provocations, Eva and Rosalie will explore the criteria that define libraries as such and lead a discussion around alternative models. Attendees will be invited to bring material to be catalogued that could form the starting point for a new iteration of the Library of Omissions and Inclusions (details to follow).
Rosa Nussbaum is a London-based graphic designer and researcher.
AND is a publishing platform and collaborative practice based in London and Gothenburg. AND explores the politics and infrastructures of publishing and dissemination strategies asking Why publish, how and for whom? AND is run by Rosalie Schweiker and Eva Weinmayr. www.andpublishing.org
Town Bloody Hall.
A rare showing of the 1979 film by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker:
'On the evening of April 30, 1971, a standing room only audience of local literati and feminists packed New York City’s Town Hall to watch Norman Mailer, who had just written “The Prisoner of Sex,” grapple with a panel of passionate feminists. The subject was Women’s Liberation, an issue on which Mailer seemed like the devil’s own advocate.
‘There to test him was a fearsome panel of feminist representatives, among them journalist and lesbian spokeswoman Jill Johnston; legendary literary critic Diana Trilling; president of The National Organization of Women (NOW), Jacqueline Ceballos; and possibly his toughest match, the glamorous and razor-tongued author of The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer.' http://phfilms.com
10.30 Gather – orientation – introduction to the day
11.00 Maria – Overview of the symposium
1.00 Lunch reconvene at 2.00
2.00 Maria & Wendy
3.00 Rosa / and
4.00 – 4.15 Break
5.00 Town Bloody Hall (Film 88 mins)