The Annotated Reader at Castlefield Gallery

The Annotated Reader
Castlefield Gallery
22nd August 2021 – 3rd October 2021

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An image of a vending machine filled with books which is The Annotated Reader
The Annotated Reader

“Imagine you’ve missed your last train – what single piece of writing would you want with you for company in the small hours?”

The Annotated Reader is a publication-as-exhibition and exhibition-as-publication conceived
by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P. Watts.

Ryan Gander and Jonathan P. Watts invited a range of people, encompassing contemporary artists, designers, writers, institutional founders, musicians and more – to imagine they’ve missed the last train. “Perhaps this text transformed your thinking.” they wrote in their introductory letter, “It might be a mantra continually returned to. Perhaps it is a text you felt should be read by younger generations or that you wish you’d encountered as a student.”

The impressive list of 281 contributors to the project include Marina Abramović, Rodney Graham, Saâdane Afif, Holly Hendry, Cory Arcangel, Alistair Hudson, Rachel Ata, John Kaldor, Sarah Lucas, Jim Broadbent, Alek O., Pavel Buchler, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gregory Burke, Hannah Perry, Banu Ceenetoglu, Tony Chambers, Jerry Saltz, Paul Clinton, Rosemarie Trockel, Matt Darbyshire, Richard Wentworth, Richard Deacon, Shen Xin, Tom Godfrey, Bob and Roberta Smith, Sir Antony Gormley, and Nicholas Fox Weber.

First launched during Frieze Art Fair, London 2018 at London’s Cork Street Galleries (UK), The Annotated Reader has been shown nationally and internationally as part of its continuing tour.

As part of the exhibition, each of the contributions are printed and exhibited. Visitors to the exhibition are able to compile their own ‘ANNOTATED READER’. In addition, a vending machine distributes USBs’ containing the entire ream of submissions at the cost price of £5, with the ability to either be printed or read digitally.

Coinciding with The Annotated Reader at Castlefield Gallery will be The Naming of Things curated by Bryony Dawson.

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