Spike Island

Extra CurricularArt and culture reading group


Thursday 17 January 2013, 6pm


Free for Spike Associates
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Event type

Extra Curricular

This art and cultural theory reading group meets monthly and new members are always welcome. For this special series of discussions during her exhibition Spring Rain, Becky Beasley has invited hosts to suggest texts that offer an opportunity to delve deeper into themes explored in the show. 

For January's meeting, artist Jessica Potter introduces Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, in which the author records everything that he experiences over a three day period. The text serves as a starting point to consider processes of observation and description, human encounters and cartographies of experience.

Potter recommends reading the whole book if possible, but at least the preface and chapter 1. She also proposes that participants undertake the following writing exercise informed by a reading of An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris:

Choose a viewing position that forms a part of your daily life.

  • Make yourself comfortable.

  • Work in a notebook with a pen or pencil.

  • Note the exact time, location and date.

  • Engage in a process of writing that describes in detail your viewpoint for 10 minutes exactly.

  • Bring your description to the reading group.

Jessica Potter

Jessica Potter (1977) was born in Oxford and lives and works in London. She gained her degree from Goldsmiths in 1999 and MA from Camberwell in 2004, she has taught at a range of art institutions alongside her art practice.

Potter’s work is concerned with the location and status of the image involving processes of photography, writing and drawing.

Jessica Potter's website