Reading in the Life Drawing Room
RA Schools Symposium
By Amy Macpherson
Published 24 April 2013
A one-day symposium concerned with the management of reading, with Lucy Skaer, Angie Keefer, Nina Power, Cally Spooner and Natasha Soobramanien.
Far from attempting to isolate writing as an autonomous (art) practise, the speakers address the linguistic poiesis (making) as a model, or common denominator for constructions which may bind artistic practises to other things, places and professions. Language is a material that "every one who ever has or is or will be living"* produces for the same means and ends: we all read, write, speak and listen to maintain the inter-dependency of our various occupations.
*"...some time all of them will have the last touch of being, a history of them can give to them. " (Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family's Progress, 1925)
Supported by the David Lean Foundation