The concept of Notes is inspired by the 19th century practice of
‘marginalia’, which cultivated a gesture of “personalizing” a book
before offering it to a friend or a lover by writing personal notes in the margin.
In Notes this gesture of love or friendship becomes a poetic
practice in which 5 selected readers annotate a same copy of a book that they chose together. One after the other and in a set order, sharing this body of literature/knowledge/theory as a matrix and a space for all sorts of reflections and associations, they create an archive of a long process of collective reading and writing.
During the 3 months in which the book travels from hand to hand, annotators create a hybrid manuscript grafted on the original book.
The reflections noted on the margin, go beyond the book itself. They question the ideas of reading, of sharing a certain common, of anticipating the “other”, and of creating new possible narratives and associations with the book as a starting point.
The book to be shared and annotated is always chosen collectively by the 5 readers from a pool of many suggested and possible books, and often after a long series of discussions.
Once the book is annotated it continues its life as a book, outside of official institutions, travelling further from reader to reader, each reader choosing the following one, giving her/him the book by hand.
The book’s journey lasts for the next 10 years, crossing many
hands and taking unpredictable paths driven by chance, trust and gestures of friendship. A log of all readers is kept as part of
an archive, slowly tracing the cartographies of the emerging reading community.
For Notes-Amsterdam Ivana Müller will proposes a presentation of the project and a discussion through which the collective choice of the annotated book will be held during a talk on the 7th of December.
More info on www.ivanamuller.com/works/notes
☞ More info
ENG | https://veem.house/EN/notes-amsterdam
Regular tickets: WEB €12 DOOR €14
Discount (Student, CJP, Stadspas): WEB €7 DOOR €8
7th December | https://veemhouseforperformance.stager.nl/web/tickets/162872