aug 17 2009
Sit, read and sip on a cup of tea or coffee!
The Steynberg Gallery is hosting the Reading in Public chair designed by Chris Allen.
1531 Monterey St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-2927
Snap a photo reading!
There is a disposable camera in the RIP chair’s ottoman, or you can e-mail a photo from your own camera or cellphone to:
Do drop us a note and let us know what you think of the project,
THANK you readers, viewers and Peter Steynberg!
Reading In Public (RIP!) was formed to celebrate the written word by way of community performance in public spaces. The project began as a response to the shifting landscape in publishing, and the realization that more and more of us are writing in public, as bloggers and tweeters, for instance.
Similarly, we seek to broadcast words in public, through the simple act of contemplative reading on a noisy street corner, or as performance, with readers directly engaging onlookers. On Saturday, August 1st, we held a one day event in San Luis Obispo, California, the first of many that we hope to do. We wheeled this, our Reading Chair, which was specially designed for the occasion, to various downtown locations, where assigned readers took turns sitting and reading. Our readers were people of all ages and walks of life who shared a passion not only for words, but for story telling. Some of them submitted an online application, and some were invited to read. They chose their own reading materials and crafted their own performances.
Details of the project are at:
Flickr set about the chair
images courtesy of: www.myspace.com/steynberggallery