Regine Ehleiter, students and guestsVenue:
HGB Library and via Webex
This is the second event in the series Reading Artists’ Books, a collaborative project by Regine Ehleiter and Tabea Nixdorff, initiated in memory of the Chicago-based librarian, curator, artist and author Doro Boehme (1957-2020).
In the first reading on March 20, 2022 fifteen speakers from different parts of Europe and North America came together online to read (from) artists’ books of all genres. Participants included Kayla Anderson, Nia Easley, Marc Fischer, Kevin Henry, April Sheridan and Kevin Talmer Whiteneir Jr. from Chicago, Johanna Drucker and Brad Freeman joining from L.A. as well as Alessia Petrolito (Turin), Tate Shaw (Rochester, NY), Ulrike Stoltz (Berlin), Francesca Valentini (Brussels), and Tony White (Toronto).
The upcoming Leipzig edition of the event on July 12 takes its cue from an art history class on Writing as Artistic Practice, run by Regine Ehleiter. It focused on experimental and literary texts by contemporary artists since the 1960s that were presented in books and exhibitions, including writings by Yayoi Kusama, Bernadette Mayer, Andy Warhol, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, David Wojnarowicz and, more recently, Benedikt Bock, Heman Chong, Keren Cytter, Pure Fiction, Natalie Häusler, John Holten, Glenn Ligon, Hanne Lippard, Luzie Meyer, and Ciáran Walsh.
After an introduction by Regine Ehleiter, Michael Riedel will kick off the event with a reading from his latest book “Abstract”, Vol. 1 (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2022), followed by students who took part in the aforementioned class. Reading slots are about 10 minutes long. The event will be live-streamed via Regine Ehleiter’s consultation room on Webex. A limited amount of people can join the readings on site at the HGB Library. The readings will begin at 3 p.m. and end no later than 6 p.m. External guests are welcome.