SIN PODIUM: Speaking of Writing

EVENT DATE | 15th JUNE 2009

The artist’s talk or symposium paper has its process of preparation. But commonly, the presented material masks the nature of the preparatory work. The writer-artist-presenter engages with diverse modes of production, composition and disruption: editing and erasure; improvisation and projection; rehearsal, both vocal and sub-vocal; encounters of text and image. But these methods are often devalued or disavowed in the adoption of more formal procedures associated with the event of speaking in public.

The recent history of visual arts practice, with its fusion of performance and residual object-based work, its increasing assimilation of varieties of writing, and its interrogation of the relationship between image and text, suggests that contemporary artists and art researchers are well placed to critically explore the habits of public presentation. SIN PODIUM will bring together presentations that, in various ways, look at the production of writing in its relation to spoken presentation, engaging in an interrogation of the concept of the speaker’s platform in all its diversity. The event will focus on those rarely acknowledged practices, both material and immaterial, which underlie the presentation of writing.

From submitted proposals, SIN PODIUM invites a number of current PhD candidates to make contributions that take issue with established forms of writing and presentation, whether such forms are sourced from the world of art, criticism, philosophy, theory, literature or academic research.

SIN PODIUM will take place at The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5EX.

This event is free, but booking is essential. To reserve a place at SIN PODIUM, please write to: sinpodium [at]


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