04. September 2017 - 12:00
201 High Street East, Sunderland, SR1 2AX, United Kingdom
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Reading Room: meeting the universe halfway | Monday, 04. September 2017

4 - 10 September 2017, 12 - 8pm
by Harriet Plewis with Grace Denton, Victoria Guy, Alice MacKenzie and Nicola Singh

what matters and what is excluded from
marks on bodies. not all are human.
the movement itself, the heat, the thundering noise
agency is cut loose

Over 7 weeks, 5 artist collaborators have built an environment in the Eagle Building, Sunderland that offers up a 'reading' of philosopher-physicist Karen Barad's book Meeting the Universe Halfway: quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning. Existing as an experiment in expanded reading, this co-devised event attempts to both honour and go beyond an eyes-on-the-page approach to negotiating words and ideas. It is an opportunity to encounter Barad’s radical thoughts in a new way, privileging sensing, listening, and moving, and teasing out the cuts between nature and culture, toucher and touched, onlooker and object.

Reading Room: meeting the universe halfway is a workshop-exhibition that invites visitors to spend time with/in the space and become co-readers of it. It marks the first step in an evolving investigation of expanded reading and collective exhibition-making by artist Harriet Plewis.

Reading Room: meeting the universe halfway will be open from Monday 4 September to Sunday 10 September, between the hours of 12 and 8pm. The day will be divided into two sessions: 12 - 3.30pm and 4.30 - 8pm. There will be a pause for lunch between 3.30 and 4.30pm, during which time the exhibition will be dormant.

You're welcome to spend as long as you like in the space, come and go as you please and re-visit as often as you'd like. There will be some repetition between days but new additions will also be being produced as we go along.

There is a ramp into the space, which should be accessible to most wheelchairs and to pushchairs. If you want to discuss your access requirements, please email hiplewis@yahoo.co.uk.

Supported using public funding from Arts Council England

Booking via eventbrite is recommended but not essential: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reading-room-meeting-the-universe-halfway-tickets-36942679549

Reading Room: meeting the universe halfway takes place in the Eagle Building, 201 High Street East, Sunderland, SR1 2AX.

If you are walking from the town centre, you need to head down High Street, passing the Empire Cinema on your left hand side. Keep walking down until you reach a roundabout and then cross straight over the road (A1018). Continue to walk a short distance down High Street East and the Eagle Building is on your left. Reading Room is on the ground floor, on your right hand side as you go through the entrance way to the Eagle Building.