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Reading Room 1: Bardsley v Bachelard


  • Queen Mary university 329 Mile End Rd London, England, E1 4NT United Kingdom (map)


Reading Room1 is the act of reading in a room, reading aloud, cover to cover. The room answering the book, wall to wall. It’s an exploded diagram. A dialogue between thinking and making. It’s the rumination of the building itself, its matter and materials in the presence of a text. 

In Reading Room 1 Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space will be read out loud over two days, with actioneering by Julia Bardsley & invited guests.

Reading Room1 takes Bachelard’s text and places it in a dialogue with two scale-models of a House and a Barn. The buildings, made of taipa – a kind of mud, are located off-grid in deepest rural Portugal. The two buildings consist of a feral/creative space (the barn) answered by a domestic/cultured space (the house). These buildings offer the physical, material, symbolic and conceptual frameworks for this particular reading room and for the first stage of the wider concerns of The House of Wonder & Panic.

for Reading Room 1:
Julia Bardsley – architect & actioneer for all chapters
Boyd Clack – reader of the book
Moa Johansson – invited actioneer for Nests chapter
Andrew Poppy – invited actioneer for Intimate Immensity chapter

Later Event: August 1
Werk in Progress