Das Projekt einer Zeitschrift
30. Januar bis 1. Februar 2014
Institut für Gegenwartskunst
der ZHdK, Zürich
Das Projekt einer Zeitschrift
26./27. Juli 2013 on/offline
Berlin (Flutgraben e.V.)/München/Zürich
25 May 2012
Galeria Labirynt
Das Projekt einer Zeitschrift
16. bis 19. März 2012
October 16th 2011
Flutgraben e.V., Berlin
A, B, C …
19./20. Mai 2011
Akademie der Bildenden Künste
Die Zeit des Aufstands
Plenum: 20.10.2010, 19h-21h
Reading: 23./24.10.2010, 14-18h
common practice
9 and 30 September, 5pm-8pm
Reading Room in Arnolfini and online
Fragments of texts by Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Hard_Code Theater Scene II by The Unknown, mez breeze, Georg Perec and Hard_Code Theater by The Unknown
Die Faculty of Invisibility widmet sich in ihrem Gastprojekt an der Shedhalle Zürich dem politischen Ort der Versammlung. Entlang Momenten von Institutionalisierung geht sie der Frage nach, welche Möglichkeiten der Versammlung die zeitgenössische Kunstinstitution selbst vorschlägt und zulässt. Das Department of Reading übernimmt dabei die leise, fast unsichtbare, jedoch ununterbrochene Stelle des Protokolls, das Schriftspuren aufnimmt, und des Tableaus, das die eigene Inszenierung registriert und ausstellt.

Shedhalle als Archiv
7. August 2010, 16 Uhr
Masse, Bewegung, Bild
30 Juni bis 1 August 2010
common practice
3 and 24 June, 5pm-8pm
Reading Room in Arnolfini and online
Texts by mez breeze
Der Vorstand konstituiert sich selbst
Online workshop
im Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
Dienstag, 30. März, 17 – 20 Uhr
mit Inga Zimprich, Sönke Hallmann,
Elske Rosenfeld
Echo's Book presentation
on Sunday March 21, 7 pm,
at Flutgraben e.V.
Echo's Book is edited by
Sönke Hallmann and designed
by Paul Gangloff.

Exemplary Readings
March 20/21, 2 – 5 pm,
at Flutgraben e.V.
A Department of Reading-
session on Liturgia and
the Modern State, a lecture
by Giorgio Agamben.
With Tanja Widmann,
Inga Zimprich and guests.
Bearing in mind the work of Michael Jackson in its many different and difficult aspects Speech Practice: Disassembling Voice, a two-day rehearsal, departs from the linguistic intensity of Billie Jean. These first sounds of Jackson's song will form the repetitious, though silent focus throughout the six sessions on March 3/4, 2010, at Iaspis, Stockholm  
Speech Practice: A rehearsal for one dancer and several writers aims to address the brief moment, when the event has already taken place, but the course of things still remains suspended. Following and preceding at once this rehearsal sets in neither to recall, nor to project, but to respond to the appearance of this moment itself and the place of speech it allows for.  
As a continuation of the series playing practice the session on November 1 departs from seven textual fragments, assembled in numbered sections. In their shape these fragments remind of a tangram. By means of simple commands placed in the chat on Skype, they can be quoted, edited, moved, exchanged, reworked, replaced and rewritten. The session on November 1 therefore invites to a discussion on playing that alike the tangram allows for different figures to appear through entering into new combinations.  
Reading Ernst Bloch
Über Motorisch-Mystische Intention in der Erkenntnis
With turning language into objects the Department of Reading is hosted at the Agency for Small Claims in Columbus, Ohio. The Agency for Small Claims is a research- and knowledge-based project space and part of the Bureau for Open Culture. The paper toy turning language into objects comes forth from the reading series playing practice and has been realised together with Magda Tyzlik-Carver and Paul Gangloff.If you like, you can download the paper toy at the Agency for Small Claims.  
Die zweite Session von Exemplary Readings findet am 15. Juli in der GfKFB, am Flutgraben (Berlin) statt. Die Session ist in zwei Abschnitte unterteilt, beginnt um 15 Uhr und dann nochmals um 18 Uhr. Gelesen wird Giorgio Agambens Essay Der Autor als Geste.  
The GRIDIRON Hotel Revue #1 Session
Hamburger Version
Samstag 11.07.09
14.00 bis 22.00 Uhr
Vier Abschnitte von jeweils ca. 2 Std.
Letzter Neuanfang ab ca. 20.30 Uhr
Revue #1 findet leider nur in deutscher Sprache statt - Kontakt - unfortunately Revue #1 takes place only in German.
Speech Practice: Suspended Collapse is located within a situation that constantly sets aside any reference applied to it. Yet, pushing for a collapse of the given situation this rehearsal speculates on a brief suspension that allows for the appearance of a gap within language itself.  
The second session of playing practice was aiming at a space where text could become a matter of playing and playing a practice that would allow for reading and writing to coincide. In sharing textual fragments as tools and toys, this collaborative session took place at the Urbanomic Studio, Falmouth, and online with the use of the Department of Reading wiki, Skype and Department of Reading internet system (DoRis). By proposing simple frameworks and rules with which to start this session, playing itself became a space of encounter, experimentation and intervention that could be entered and left at any time.  
Speech Practice: Cold Reading consists of a stage for one reader and a shared online space for two writers.This first staging of Speech Practice, entitled Cold Reading, refers to a term that derives from the field of theatre, film and movies and denotes a reading aloud from a script or text without any rehearsal, practice or study in advance.  
In its series Exemplary Readings the Department of Reading pursues Giorgio Agamben's writings with regard to the question, which place language has in Agamben’s ethical thought. With the title Hiatus Gag Gesture the first session of this series invites to read excerpts of Agamben's The Author as Gesture  
Performance FOR NO audience, the third staging of Ongoing propositions under different conditions, consists of a physical space for performance on stage and an online space for writing. The rehearsal takes place as the very moment at which these different spaces coincide and their determinant conditions tend to collapse. Fortunate in time their reciprocal suspension might allow for another space of playing to appear.  
Texts waiting for history
October 4th 11am CCCK room
Between Nikita Kadan, Sönke Hallmann
Reading Excerpts of Heiner Müller
Simultaneous translation English to Romanian by Sorana Lupu
Technical assistance by Periferic team
The initial Session of playing practice took place on 2 September 2008 in the framework of (IN)visible networks.This session did not depart from a given text, a particular artworld, or a specific curatorial model, but started as an attempt to introduce a common thread between three projects by inviting its readers to interfere with this introduction - to comment, discuss and unfold their implied questions. A first recapitulation of this session can be found here.  
Impure performatives addresses those fractions of scripting and performing that reveal a moment of indistinguishability. In between play and play, thus in between two forms of playing, an indeterminate space opens up that allows the different practices to assemble towards a texture and to fall apart at the same time. Drawing one into its instable conditions the situation will force to respond again and again.  
Shapeless script will be the first staging of a series of rehearsal sessions working towards and within a scripting and writing process that remains in abeyance. Without end will be our script: boundless it's body, scale-less it's shape and useless it's function. This staging aims to perform material by scripting, demonstrating and playing with and inside the very material via a continuous rehearsal process.  
Archives of Memory aims to initiate a discussion on archiving. These two sessions pay particular attention to the practice of the Department of Reading itself, the purpose that an archive of the Department of Reading could have.

The Symposium for Readers understands itself as an intervention into the discourse on reading as well as the set of conditions, through which this discourse becomes actual and effective. The symposium takes place on 1/2 December 2007 online as well as physically in the space of the GfKFB, Berlin.
active links soon again:

Ease - that is the name Giorgio Agamben adopts to designate a specific space as well as a specific time. Both, adjacent and fortunate, with the notion ease Agamben also describes the "taking-place of every single being" as common, offering an empty space to an "irrevocable hospitality". The Department of Reading would like to invite you to a reading session on the corresponding chapter from The Coming Community in order to relate Agamben’s concept of this irrevocable hospitality to the practice of reading itself.Exemplary Readings is hosted by Tanja Widmann and will take place in parallel online and physically in the Gallery Space of the Jan van Eyck Academie on 8th November, starting at 20:30. In difference to previous sessions of the Department of Reading will this session be subdivided into a sequence of three readings - each running for an hour, interrupted two times for 20 minutes.
The Department of Reading invites you for two reading sessions to take place on 12/13 October in parallel online and physically within the space of the publisher Revolver, Frankfurt. Aligned as Intimate Readings these sessions will be hosted by Karolin Meunier and Achim Lengerer and will have a public encounter on Friday evening.  
Inside the text, on the disintegration of bodies, hosted by Falke Pisano, consists in a series of text excerpts, from novels, artist writings, art theory and philosophy, that deal with textually defined objects or that posses, either in their structure or content, object-like qualities. The text fragments are adapted to function as the setting of the reading and the score of a collective textual performance. As such is this series not to be considered as a matter of expression, but rather forms the actual construction of a situation, which is inhabited by the per formative textual personas of the participants and modified by their reactions. The disintegration of the textual body proceeds by action within the body, the development of the textual situation by form.  
This commentary on Paolo Virno's A Grammar of the Multitude will focus on two argumentative lines that form the primary nexus within Virno’s essay. That is, the analysis of postfordistic production and of the contemporary multitude - multitude as the subject of the mode of being of the many. Virno's analysis coincides with anthropological and ontological axioms, which again makes it indispensable to call his philosophy of language and its implicit humanistic foundation into question. The Community of Species will proceed in cooperation with who makes and owns your work, Sweden.  
Space Alliance Encounter develops from several excerpts taken from the interview De-totalized Forms of Encounter with Joseph Vogl published in An Architektur No. 10. Here Vogl relates the notion of community to a concept of dislocation, or else deterritorialization, to atopia and to a movement of exiling. With regard to this constellation a question of knowledge is posed, in particular concerning the appropriation of a "subversive knowledge" that derives from a certain spatial experience.  
The Department of Reading invites on the occasion of haunting to its third on-line reading in 2007. From Haunting will be hosted by Paul Gangloff from OneDayNation and consist in excerpts and comments to be assembled as the space of collective reading.  
Two little tales by Franz Kafka, namely Up in the Gallery (1917) and First Sorrow (1922), form the foundation of Gallery Art. What these two texts have in common, is that they display the motive of spectatorship as a mean of self-reflection. From the gallery as well as from the trapeze the scene of presentation itself comes into sight. With the gaze of the spectator Kafka's texts attempt to take the perspective of the reader into account.  
Staging the Reading - gestures and voices, a relation to space, Maurice Blanchot's The Madness of the Day from 1973 invites for expanding it by reading. The story resembles lists, events, reports, cases, runnings. It introduces the reading from aside like watching polo. Such a reading could be the starting point for a performance - an act of playing that echos the act of reading.  
War and Theory attempts to trace connections between war and theory and addresses questions such as: How can we theorize on a current war? What does it mean to produce a text on and within such a situation? Can theory compete with an ongoing war? And what implications bears the so called distance of theory?