Library Interventions: Kate Briggs

Individual Reading Records

Vernon Street Library

Leeds College of Art

Thursday 8th May 2014, 9.30am – 12 noon

A workshop run by writer, artist and translator, Kate Briggs, as part of an ongoing series of Library Interventions at Leeds College of Art.

my eye-movements reading page 3 of a Henry James short story called The Story in It

“my eye-movements reading page 3 of a Henry James short story called The Story in It”

“How do books exist for their readers once they are no longer actively being read? The question could be asked of all art forms. However, it takes on a particular urgency when asked of books – where the full experience of even the slimmest volume is always of a certain, often interrupted, duration. The format is portable, meaning that the settings of the experience are varied and variable. How to collect information about reading? What is (not) relevant to the reading experience? How to register or materialize that (each time) unique experience? How might we want to modify our existing reading, writing or critical practices in anticipation of the devastating effects of reading a book?”

This workshop will explore these questions through discussion and practical work.

Participants are invited to engage with the very idea of an individual reading record by drawing on their areas of interest and expertise – which might include, for instance, graphic design, fine art, digital media – to retroactively produce one of their own.

Materials: Participants are asked to bring a book they have read with them – this, for example, could be very recently or many years ago; it could be a book that has marked them in some way or the opposite: a book they feel sure they have read but have since forgotten; writing tools; lap tops (10 student computers available); recording devices such as Dictaphones or video cameras on mobile phones.

Kate Briggs is an artist, writer and translator. Her recent publications include On Reading as an Alternation of Flights and Perchings (No Press, 2013) and translations of Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault. She is also co-editor of The Nabokov Paper (Information as Material, 2013). This workshop is the first of a two-part research project into modes of reading. The second part will take place in November 2014.

A more detailed description of Kate’s work in the collection can be found here.


This workshop is free but places are limited. Please book via Eventbrite

For more information please tel: 0113 2028000 or email

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