Saturday, February 16 and 23, 2019 from 12pm to 5pm
@Studio XX (4001 Berri, Suite 201, Montreal
Elise Boudreau Graham presents Not Content As In Happy, a collective reading event, happening over two afternoons of February.
Our digital lives allude to the sort of self we can imagine ourselves to be (1). Open browser tabs become gestures of solidarity while shares and likes make those affinities visible. However such actions become performative as our lists of unviewed content become longer and longer.
Not Content As In Happy transforms Studio XX into a reading room. This event proposes a response to the accumulation of content by inviting visitors to bring their laptop or cellphone and spend time going through any online material they previously bookmarked. Plinth-like stacks of 8 ½” x 11” paper will accumulate in the space as participants are encouraged to print a copy of what they have read: the sculptures become a physical manifestation of the invisible labour of staying informed. This collective “pause” is taking the time to make visible, as labour, the consumption of, and engagement with online content.
Comfortable seating, snacks, and beverages will be provided.
1.Horning, Rob (2014, April 29). “Me Meme” The New Inquiry. Retrieved from https://thenewinquiry.com/, (December 13, 2018).