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 (Unpublished)

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.

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