Artist and …
Reading Towards Action (2009-ongoing) is inspired by the writings of Paulo Freire and Brian K. Murphy (among others), specifically Murphy’s book ‘Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World: An Open Conspiracy for Social Change.’ By reading texts together in the crossfire of interpretation, Reading Towards Action opens up a space for critical reflection and encourages collective action on issues of personal and political concern.
As an artist working in the context of peer-education, Reading Towards Action has mostly focused on texts relating to art, ecology and social activism. Action takes the form of artworks, performances, event-structures, and festivals.
In 2015 I ran a Reading Towards Action group with a focus on feminist liberation and queer theology as part of a Nomas* Projects exhibition entitled, Reflections on the Incarnation.
Reading Towards Action has also inspired other reading groups. For example, the Support Structures reading group in Aberdeen.
In 2019 a new series of Reading Towards Action will commence in Edinburgh as part of the EH8 programme. For further details please contact jb4change[at]gmail.com.
I welcome enquiries to facilitate – or simply encourage – Reading Towards Action events on a broad range of topics and in a variety of art and non-art contexts.