Reading Room #39 with Ethel Baraona Pohl — A book for all readers

Artist: Ethel Baraona Pohl

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Lending your books or reading out loud to friends are forms of intimate care and political comradeship. Instead of discussing one text as a whole, this time we will delve into "A book for all readers": a folder full of fragments and media, which centers the pleasure of reading. Embracing alternative modes of discourse and expression, we’ll share personal insights that are found in the interstices. You are not required to read all of the fragments, but invited to navigate them as you please, perhaps focusing on those bits that catch your attention.

In this session participants will inhabit books as collaborative spaces of encounter. Heterogeneous ways of publishing and reading between fiction, poetry and critical theory, allow for the configuration of new kinds of spaces, where empathy and alterity are stronger than ideology. This session asks participants to listen to each other, to intermingle and to explore unconventional relations to text.

Ethel likes to smell books. They don't like vanilla ice cream… but those grassy notes with a hint of vanilla and mustiness are irresistible to them. Since a youngster they have been smelling printed pages. Sniffing one page after the other, while researching artistic and urban practices, they have learnt about the political and social impact of books; how can reading be a tool for taking action?

Ethel Baraona Pohl is a critic, writer and curator. They are a co-founder of the independent research studio and publishing house dpr-barcelona, which operates in the fields of architecture, political theory and the social milieu.

This is a free event. Reservation is required.

21 Oct 18:00 - 21:00
Boekhorststraat 126-128


Paviljoensgracht 20, 2512 BP Den Haag
Galerie Maurits van de Laar
Gallery Nono
Museum Rijswijk
West Den Haag