In relation to the exhibition "there is not, there is not a soul", the artists Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė will run Young Girl Reading Group 171 on June 25.
At Swimming Pool, YGRG will be reading selected chapters from Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence by Timothy Morton and Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania, ed. by Gábor Klaniczay and Éva Pócs.
No preparation is necessary, but participation is limited and booking is required. To book and to receive a copy of the texts to be read, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP is a project initiated by Gawęda and Kulbokaitė which came into existence as an actual, weekly reading group in their Berlin flat in 2013. Since then, under this extended serial performative project, the artists have organized more than 160 reading groups and performances at a sustained pace and at a large variety of locations. Young Girl Reading Group started from a collective reading of texts which explore broadly the intersections between gender and technology.
YGRG has not so much to do with being young or being a girl. It began with the reading of Tiqqun’s 1999 publication Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl. This text proposes the concept of the Young-Girl, a category identified as neither age nor gender-specific, but rather as a product of consumer society and the epitome of its model citizen. Since, YGRG has been tending towards texts that expose how our identities are often fabricated without us knowing — and how we could also understand, subvert, and reclaim them. YGRG investigates the act of reading as an intimate experience and also potentially a public performance through the "outlouding" of words. We read together, pronouncing the words out loud and emphasizing the relationship of the body of text to the collective body.