Durations is a series of performances curated and organised by David Weber-Krebs in and around a glass house on top of the city. For the first chapter of Durations David invites Slow Reading Club (SRC).
They present Road Movie, a still-in-progress pulp/pulp novel constituted from existing road literature. Its materials are handled via manual transcription, stenography, and repetition; typing past the point of bodily exhaustion until the writing buckles, allowing new meanings to pool into the slack spaces of mishearing, mistyping and autocorrect. (Truman Capote allegedly said of Keruac’s On the Road: “That’s not writing, that’s typing”. But were these two activities ever really divisible?) Road Movie tries to swap the impossibility of travel for the image of motion. At the same time, the activity of writing a novel offers a cover for a set of durational reading and recordings, squeezing out the novel’s publicness chapter by chapter.
Slow Reading Club (SRC) is a semi-fictional reading group initiated by Bryana Fritz and Henry Andersen in late 2016. The group deals in constructed situations for collective reading. SRC looks at, probes, and interrupts ‘readership’ as a way to stimulate the contact zones between reader and text, text and text, reader and reader. SRC does not aim at deconstruction or even comprehension of the texts in hands, but at the production of a kind of excess: to temporarily suspend criticality for intimacy and to negotiate agencies with the text.
Slow Reading Club premiered at kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017, in Brussels as part of an evening titled Before the Codes. Since then they have presented work in a number of performance, art, and discursive contexts including MAK Schindler House (Los Angeles), Lafayette Anticipation (Paris), Bergen Kunsthal (Bergen), Kunstcentrum Voo?uit (Ghent), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Radialsystem (Berlin), Louise Dany (Oslo), La Loge (Brussels), Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (Hamburg), and Bâtard Festival (Brussels / Amsterdam). Slow Reading Club is represented by Damien & The Love Guru (Brussels).