The Reading Room
A Temporary Space for Artistsâ€™ Books, Publications and Multiples
Friday, April 9, Noon – 2 p.m.
Main Library Childrenâ€™s Room, 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami
With special guests:
Adalberto Delgado, filmmaker, artist
Gustavo Matamoros, experimental composer, sound artist, artistic director of isaw / Subtropics
The Reading Room, March 2010
Left to itself art would have to be something very simple – it would be sufficient for it to be beautiful. But when it’s useful it should spill out of just being beautiful and move over to other aspects of life so that when we’re not with the art it has nevertheless influenced our actions or our responses. – John Cage, from â€œThe Aesthetics of John Cage: A Composite Interview,â€ 1987
John Cage made you realize that there wasn’t a thing called noise, it was just music you hadn’t appreciated. – Brian Eno
Safeness lurks wherever we turnâ€¦ Show me dangerous music. – Lukas Foss
(all quotes from www.subtropics.org)
On the second Friday of each month, a secret room in the Childrenâ€™s Room at the Main Library becomes The Reading Room. In this cozy space, visitors can stop by any time between 12 and 2pm to get up close and personal with selections from the Libraryâ€™s collection of artistsâ€™ books, publications and multiples. Experience these objects without having to look at them through a display case, engage in conversation over coffee and cookies, and see living-room style screenings of video and new media art (usually).
This installment of The Reading Room promises both discussion and activity. Weâ€™ll talk about a new project up right now at Sunny Isles Branch Library: In Parentheses â€“ A Collaborative Site-Specific Installation by Adalberto Delgado and Maria I. Amores. In Parentheses uses video, sculpture and sound to explore the relationship between the interpretation of symbols and their meaning in language. And Gustavo Matamoros of will temporarily turn the space into an immersive environment in which to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of sound.
For more information about exhibitions and programs at the Miami-Dade Public Library System, visit http://mdpls.org/news/exhibitions/exhibitions.asp