Event — The Reading Room @ Union Station

About two years ago The Read­ing Room appeared the first time on this blog. Since then i fol­low their activ­it­ies with great interest. There­fore it makes me very happy to write this post: From May 19th to June 23rd 2012 The Read­ing Room is exhib­ited at Grand Uni­on in Birm­ing­ham…

In addi­tion to the tra­di­tion­ally known artist-made books, artist mono­graphs or exhib­i­tion cata­logues, the pub­lished format itself is now reg­u­larly viewed as a primary site for an artist’s engage­ment. While often con­sidered as sec­ond­ary to the more pre­val­ent present­a­tion space of the gal­lery, the act of pub­lish­ing has developed itself into a self-con­tained and highly res­on­ant meth­od of artist­ic expres­sion. The Read­ing Room focuses on the pub­lic­a­tion util­ised as medi­um and con­text for art prac­tices, in which the artists choose delib­er­ately and crit­ic­ally to engage with the format, using its mater­i­al­ity, edges and frame as tools for both visu­al and semant­ic com­mu­nic­a­tion.

For this exhib­i­tion at Grand Uni­on, their col­lec­tion will dis­played dynam­ic­ally accord­ing to six cur­at­ori­al axes, explor­ing the spec­trum of rela­tion­ships between con­cep­tu­al con­tent, phys­ic­al pub­lic­a­tion formats and the exper­i­ence of the Read­er. Grand Uni­on will also show a pro­gramme of screen based works that expand on these ideas and the act of read­ing.”
 — Grand Uni­on


Grand Uni­on

19 Min­erva Works, Fazeley Street
Birm­ing­ham, B5 5RS, UK

May 19th to June 23rd 2012 from Thursdays to Sundays, 12 to 5pm
Open­ing: May 18th from 6 to 8pm