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The Portable Reading Room at Leeds Art Gallery
March 1st to 13th


From March 1st to 13th the Portable Reading Room was in residence at Leeds Art Gallery hosting a series of performances, book launches and other related events as well as offering a place to sit down and read books and multiples from Wild Pansy Press and participating artists and imprints.
Alongside other artists, student groups from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies occupied the Portable Reading Room for a series of performances, interventions and on-the-spot book and magazine publishing sessions:

Wednesday February 29th Opening event, book launch:
Blood Oranges Dipped in Salt
by Karen Babayan

A new book of fictionalised 'hand me down' family stories is published, the end of a long and very personal project for the author, Karen Babayan. For more about this publication click here

Friday March 2nd 11.00 to 5.00: Student Occupation No.1
Eddy Hurst and friends did a series of performances of The Bat Dance Ritual.

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Monday March 5th 11.00 to 5.00: Student Occupation No.2,
Cyclical Text Project:
Helen Stewart, Eleni Tongidou and Suzi Charlton.

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Tuesday March 6th : Student Occupation No.3,
The body, the space and the object:

a day long exploration of the potential dialogue between our individual approaches to a particular space. Olivia Mills, Heather Pringle, Simone Taylor

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Wednesday March 7th 11.00 to 5.00: Student Occupation No.4: Rebecca Bennett developed sound portraits of visitors to the Gallery.

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Thursday March 8th 11.00 to 3.00: Student Occupation No.5,
Negative Terrain,
Suzi Osborn and Daniel Wilson.

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Thursday March 8th 3.00 to 5.00: A Real 3D Slide Talk… by Benedict Phillips
Following on from last years sell-out ‘performance’ of 3D thinkers in a 2D World at Cheltenham Science Festival for The Arts Catalyst and Shape and the ‘talk’ of the same name at the V&A, artist Benedict Phillips will be introducing a new talk, this time without slides. A real 3D slide talk will examine the interrelationship between his sculpture, photography and bookwork’s of the past seventeen years. It will be told by way of the artifacts that have been so present in Benedict’s work, but have rarely been seen, including a glass sided suitcase of bombs; the original delivered to downing street in 1999, a tree based on the mathematics of Fibonacci, and a pair of glasses that make everything in the world into Art…

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1.00-5.00: To launch a special issue of soanyway.org, an afternoon of talks, readings and conversations on and around the work of avant-garde writer and scholar Richard Kostelanetz.
Co-organised by and with contributions from: David Berridge (VerySmallKitchen), Michael Butterworth (Corridor8), Rachel Lois Clapham (Open Dialogues), and Derek Horton (Soanyway.org.uk).

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Tuesday March 13th 5.00 to 8.00, Closing Event: a public performance of Paul Robinson's GENESIS/TERMINUS by massed WPP volunteers joined by the General Public.

This is a film about the event, made by Jon Foxley-Evans.

The Wild Pansy Press: Genesis / Terminus from Jon Foxley - Evans on Vimeo.