SLOW READING CLUB AND GREGORY POLONY
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 La Loge, Brussels; Bâtard Festival 2017 (Beursschouwburg, Brussels & Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam); ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe; Louise Dany, Oslo; Tin Flats, Los Angeles; ESBA TALM, Angers; CalArts, California; and as part of the Montez Press Radio program in MoMA Ps1, New York. Upcoming presentations include MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; LTD Academy; Zürich and a solo exhibition at Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels. Their practice has been the subject of essays published in Etcetra and L’Art Meme. The group is currently in residence with the Art by Translation program. They split their time between Brussels and its various elsewheres.
Gregory Polony is an artist living and working between Zurich and Brussels. Making use of the auto-biographical as matter, his work assembles specific bodies, objects and places by creating semi-fictional and openly structured narratives.
Henry Andersen (AUS) is an artist living in Brussels. He studied as a composer of structuralist music in Perth and Berlin before graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from KASK, 2018. Henry produces performances, installations, sound works and printed matter. Henry’s research focusses on intersections between architectures, erotics, and text. He is one half of the semi-fictional reading group Slow Reading Club with Bryana Fritz.
Bryana Fritz is a dancer and choreographer based in Brussels. Her work is situated at the intersection between poetry and performance and most recently does so in duet with the everyday user interface of OSX. Indispensible Blue (offline) is the title that hosted multiple iterations of this inquiry- a performance, screenshot recordings, and publications. She has also worked as performer for Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Xavier le Roy, Michiel Vandevelde and together with Henry Andersen is part of the Slow Reading Club.
The number of participants is limited. Registration is obligatory.