P for Performance: There is no such thing as an innocent reading

an event by Read-in* & Maja Bekan

Read-in is the collective effort of instigating instant reading sessions in other people's homes. Initiated in February 2010 in Utrecht, NL by artist...

For the collaboration with P for Performance, Read-in will include research into the library collection of Van Abbemuseum and a special reading session inspired by Bekan’s  (self–help) reading performance with Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir Finding Your Own North Star: How to Claim the Life You Were Meant to Live

* current members of the Read-in research team including Annette Krauss, Hilde Tuinstra, Laura Pardo, Leonardo Vargas, Maiko Tanaka, Marieke Houwers and Marina Stavrou and other Read-iners

Prior to the P for Performance event, guided tour with Angela Serrino, reflecting on Bekan’s project Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-Respect in Troubling Time in Het Oog, will take place in the museum at 16.00; followed by Bekan’s working tour in collaboration with Charles Esche.

P for Performance is part of an ongoing project by Maja Bekan, entitled Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-respect in Troubling Times. The performative events aim to be an open platform for investigation and to critically engage into the investigation of the artist’s role as a producer and advertiser. One might take various roles – as a performer, participant or spectator in order to contribute to this research. The events envision an encounter of the guests among each other and with the works (performances, imagery/objects, lectures and talks). The participants of this enquiry are invited to take over different positions: whether one is a moderator, explorer, presenter or a visitor to the place.

P for Performance: There is no such thing as an innocent reading is part of: