This year, Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair will open to the public from July 14th to 16th at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. For each edition, Miss Read brings together a wide selection of the most interesting artists/authors, artist periodicals and art publishers. The book fair is accompanied by a series of lectures, discussions, book launches and workshops exploring the boundaries of contemporary publishing and the possibilities of the book.
Conceptual Poetics Day will take over the stage at MISS READ art book fair on Saturday, July 15th, for its 5th annual event, exploring the imaginary border between visual art and literature. The full-day event will host poets sharing their recent work: thoughts, sounds, images or texts. Organized by Michalis Pichler, Conceptual Poetics Day explores, among other things, books that fall within the area of what is or could be POSTNAIVE.
The program this year will include readings, lectures, performances and book launches by Simon Morris (Information as Material), Sharon Kivland (MA BIBLIOTHEQUE), Paul Stephens (Convolution Journal), Derek Beaulieu, Cia Rinne, Pavel Büchler and others.
On Saturday, Morris will investigate the possibilities of reading—silent reading, reading aloud, spontaneous reading, purposeful reading—as an artistic act. Following Kivland’s careful re-reading of ‘Nana’ by Émile Zola, she has “digested the book, condensing it, organizing it into themes, appearances.” Kivland’s performance will meditate on ‘Nana’, according to emptiness. Beaulieu will present a reading of ‘a a novel’, an erasure-based translative response to Andy Warhol’s controversial masterpiece of the same name. On each page of Warhol’s original, Beaulieu has erased all of the text leaving only the punctuation marks and onomatopoeic words.
The array of imaginative responses to the idea of reading and writing, presented at this year’s Conceptual Poetics Day, promise to push the boundaries between visual art and literature as we know them.