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Attitudes to reading: drifting towards objects and events

Lycett, Robert (2016) Attitudes to reading: drifting towards objects and events. In: Library Interventions, 7th April 2016, Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds College of Art. (Unpublished)

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This public lecture introduces the key theoretical and aesthetic practices that have informed the creation of ‘we share some words’, a long, self-generating poem which folds together readings from the library at the Leeds College of Art. It is argued that reading can be a form of drifting (as a kind of library Dérive); or collecting and observing (likened to in-the-moment recording and drawing). The outcomes to this rule-based activity are defined as “poetic residua”, actualised as stable books and “eventualised” as a real-time digital projection.

Within the randomness of the poem we strive to recognise meaning and pattern. This apophenia is a human desire which seeks the ghosts and fairies within the machine. BUT none are there.

What remains are beautiful glitches - random events that reveal some of the inner nature of language.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Public Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: reading, writing machine, archive, glitch
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Robert Lycett
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 11:06
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 17:03


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