Elliptical Reading, Aberdeen, 2021  2021

Elliptical Reading, Aberdeen, 2021
Elliptical Reading, Aberdeen, 2021
Elliptical Reading, Aberdeen, 2021

At Aberdeen Central Library visitors can find books which have been chosen by local readers, re-bound by the artist, and re-shelved by the readers in new places outside their usual categories. An insight into the reader’s choice is included on a bookmark in each book.

Books (in order of appearance): Jean Eyre by Charlotte Bronte translated into Doric by Sheena Blackhall and Sheila Templeton chosen and read by Annie Reid // The Butterfly’s Burden by Mahmoud Darwish chosen and read by Noon Salah Eldin // The Mont Blanc Massif by Gaston Rebuffat chosen and read by Doug Cameron // American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis chosen and read by Dallas King // Up the Line to Death: The War Poets 1914-1918 poems by Charles Hamilton Sorley chosen and read by Eleanor Campbell // The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K LeGuin chosen and read by Svetlana Panova // Joseph Knight by James Robertson chosen and read by Margaret Forbes // Dzieci z Bullerbyn by Astrid Lindgren chosen by Halina Ficon // Sunset Song by Lewis Grass Gibbon chosen and read by James Tocher.

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A regular reading hour in a library for nine readers to share short sections from their favourite books, generating between them an unruly text or word collage which builds over time. Images of the readers’ hands are embossed on new bindings for their chosen volumes, replacing the title.

Presented by Aberdeen Art Gallery and Hayward Gallery Touring in partnership with Aberdeen City Libraries as part of British Art Show 9.

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