Matter of Divergence
Location: Steenweg 26
This performative reading taps into the space that is potentially opened up by Corrections and Clarifications, an ongoing publication by Anita Di Bianco. The project is a collection of revisions, retractions, re-wordings, distinctions and apologies by print, online, and on radio news. The IMPAKT Festival 2022 has commissioned Di Bianco to make a new edition of the Corrections looking at press in Dutch and English. Alena Alexandrova’s act of re-reading text fragments activates something dormant in the seemingly simple Corrections, exploring its spillage into the space of literature, of the dust that falls between the conceptual meshes of history and archives. Perhaps Corrections is not a collection, but rather a mechanism that can be set in motion; in its silent murmur, perhaps one would encounter an unexpected grain of one’s own thought. The reading engages with this mechanism and performs alongside of it, using the allure of formal constraints, lists, disappearances, doublings, multiplications, accumulations, and a group of characters always discretely present in the background – the observers.
After this performative reading we invite you to join us for a drink at the Steenweg 26 to close the festival week.
What else is on this day?
On Sunday we organise two guided tours for the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations. Have a look at the timetable for more information or to visit other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day).
Alena Alexandrova― Artist
Alena Alexandrova is a writer, theorist and educator based in Amsterdam. She teaches at the Fine Arts and Photography departments, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. She has published numerous texts in academic and artistic contexts, and regularly contributes to art publications and catalogues. Her writing practice probes the modulation of theory into speculative forms and fiction, and has an ongoing series of reading performances. She is the author of Breaking Resemblance (Fordham University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of a volume on the work of Jean-Luc Nancy. She curated exhibitions and symposia in Amsterdam and Paris. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.