1. In addition to his work as a novelist, art critic and poet, Travis Jeppesen has developed what he terms “object-oriented writing”—writing that seeks to use language as a site for a subjective, embodied encounter with and response to art objects. Jeppesen’s writing treats objects themselves as inhabitable, in an attempt to write from within the object; this approach intends to counter distanced forms of critical analysis to which art is usually subjected. As he has written: “Objects have no feelings… but could they?”

    In his installation 16 Sculptures, visitors—sitting while blindfolded—listen to recordings of Jeppesen reading his object-oriented re-creations of sculptures. Depriving us of our usual faculties for experiencing works of art—sight and visual-spatial reasoning—Jeppesen’s texts instead stage an encounter with objects through language that nonetheless retains the texture of embodied, physical experience, an imaginative realm in which he attempts to summon the autonomous essences and interior lives of objects themselves.

    For the event in Bergen, Jeppesen will introduce and present excerpts from 16 Sculptures as a reading/performance.

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  2. Aveek Sen and Moyra Davey will engage in a conversation about Reading, which will take place via Skype. Davey will be speaking from her apartment in New York with Sen at his home in Calcutta. When working on his essay for the forthcoming publication on Moyra Davey’s exhibition at the Kunsthall, Sen and Davey had several such skype conversations across the continents. For this conversation we are able to ‘wire-tap’ into their correspondence from Bergen, and listen in on their exchanges.

    In his essay “Low-hanging Fruit” Sen reflects both on Moyra Davey’s act of reading within her films, as well as his own attempt of ‘reading’ Davey’s work through his own writing: “What if, caught within my repeated viewing of the films, I end up rehearsing their words and action, copying into my notes what the film-maker reads out incessantly? She reads, she makes notes, she writes, she films what she reads and writes, makes films in which she reads out what she writes; I write in my notes what she reads out about what she has read, I read up what she has read. What if I am trapped in this cycle, this infinite regress, of reading, writing, filming and making notes?”

    A writer on art, literature, music and society, Aveek Sen is also an Associate Editor, The Telegraph, Kolkata. Sen’s practice as writer has a focus on the intersections between art, literature, cinema, music and everyday life. He has lectured in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and is the recipient of a number of awards including the Infinity Award for Writing on Photography (2009); The Reuters Fellowship, Green College, Oxford (2005); and the Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford.

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  3. Elaine Cameron-Weir was born in 1985, Alberta, Canada. Currently she lives and works in New York, NY. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Andrea Rosen Gallery and Venus over Los Angeles as well as inclusion in the Montreal Biennale, curated by Philippe Pirotte.

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  4. Plattform is delighted to invite you to a talk by Mason Leaver-Yap on the making of "James Richards: Requests and Antisongs" artist´s book.

    "Requests and Antisongs" is the most comprehensive publication on Richards work to date. The book translates the strategies of his artistic practice into the rhythm of printed matter. Published on the occasion of James Richards’ recent exhibition «Crumb Mahogany» at Bergen Kunsthall. Co-published with Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover and Sternberg Press.

    Mason Leaver-Yap works with artists to produce texts, exhibitions, and events. Recent projects include work with Lizzie Borden, Uri Aran, Leslie Thornton, Lucy McKenzie and Atelier EB, Andrea Büttner, Shahryar Nashat, Moyra Davey, Jesse Jones and Vaari Claffey, Sharon Hayes, Charlotte Prodger, and Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz.

    The talk is taking place as a part of Friday evening program - Bergen Art Book Fair

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