The Reading Room
Strangers sit in supposed silence – pages turn, chairs scrape, whispers echo – reading to themselves in the glorious Wolfson Reading Room. Somehow it feels like we’re quietly sharing in a search for knowledge, responding to the exhortation written around the room’s dome:
“And with all thy getting, get understanding…”
The Reading Room breaks the silence – the private becomes public. A one-off performance by 28 readers about the art and act of reading. It attempts the impossible task of trying to remember every book we’ve ever read. The performance is constructed from fragments of writing somehow precious to their reader. Words on pages that have changed us.
The Reading Room was created by Quarantine, in part as a response to the philosopher and sociologist Theodor Adorno’s assertion that “The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.”
The Reading Room was part of Chaos to Order, a week-long residency at Central Library between 10 and 15 November 2014, curated by the band Everything Everything.
Friday 14 November 2014, 7pm
At Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD