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Elements of Reading

16.04. - 18.04.21

Jackson Beyda
curated by
Leonie Schmiese

“What is deep is fully present and thus theoretically visible, but is positioned so far down, in, or back relative to a viewer, or is so completely covered by an opaque surface, that it can only be detected by an extreme degree of penetration or insight.”
Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus. Surface Reading: An Introduction.

Elements of Reading consists of a single work by Jackson Beyda. Held at fffriedrich in February 2021 with no audience, Untitled (Reverse Coda) is a two part performance consisting of a lecture, and a monologue.

Untitled tracks the origins of the earth sciences through historical and parafictional accounts. Through reading, the work ruminates on the superficial as an alternative to notions of depth and interiority where value can be located. The accounts provided trace a parallel history of observation based on affinity rather than extraction. In Untitled, reading becomes a form of digging which does not seek substance, but rather reveals different surfaces and textures.

Due to the current restrictions, the work will be on view at fffriedrich for the following days:

Friday, April 16, 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, April 17, 6 - 8 pm
Sunday, April 18, 6 - 8 pm

And by appointment via email.

Although the screening happens outside, it is necessary to keep distance and wear masks while watching the video.

For appointments, we kindly ask you to register with your name, address and telephone number at our email address: