The Reader is the Space“A text is made of multiple writings... The reader is the space on which all the quotations that make up a writing are inscribed; a text’s unity lies not in its origins but in its destination.” Roland Barthes, “The Death of the Author,” Aspen, No. 5–6, 1967
Mirror“This is a Mirror. You Are a Written Sentence.”Luis Camnitzer, This is a Mirror, You Are a Written Sentence, 1966–1968
Reader/Book“Every reader his/her book. Every book its reader.”S.R. Ranganathan, The Five Laws of Library Science (Madras Library Association, 1931).
Finally:“Dear reader. Don’t read.”Ulises Carrión, Querido lector, No lea, 1975
Project 1: Reading ReadingFour weeks, due Monday October 1We will begin our first project, appropriately enough, in RISD’s glorious Fleet Library. Working in pairs, observe, annotate, and analyse as many publications formats as possible (e.g. hardcover, paperback, poster, newspaper, magazine, mobile phone, laptop); the behaviours and movements associated with reading them; on as many types of seating you can find in the library. Each observing the other in your pair, produce an orthographic, anthropometric study of reading (with drawing, writing, photography, video, &c.). A reading, if you will, of reading. Articulate the time, space, movement, and actions involved in the different ways of reading your particular format. ProcessOver the next few weeks, work individually and refine your notes and documentation into a final format for presentation as a finished autonomous, communicative work. It might be in the form of a published study, a poster, a film, an environment. Work in the medium you deem most appropriate.
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