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Live Collective Reading: To be we to be

Thu 1 July 18.00

Thu 1 July 18.00 BST

FREE, Booking essential to join a collective reading at BALTIC 39.

You're invited to participate in a collective reading, taking place in the Town Hall Meeting of the Air exhibition. You can also participate in the reading virtually, which will be broadcast live via

To be we to be is a series of group readings of Gertrude Stein’s 1927 work ‘Patriarchal Poetry’ - a dense and repetitive text that demands an improvisatory approach. To be we to be resists reading as a smooth transmission of meaning and instead uses Stein’s text as a virtual space where something might be produced collectively. For this iteration of the project, Anna Barham will use a combination of live broadcast and video conferencing software to create a porous structure between a small group in the gallery and listeners at home who are invited to intervene and read ‘into’ the radio.

Anna Barham is a London-based artist working across video, sound, print, installation and performance. Her work centres on collective reading processes that explore the transformation of meaning as language is translated between different bodies, forms and technologies. Recent projects include p- ool- s o-f t- he ou- t- l- ine- s, Chelsea Space, London; To be we to be, Index, Stockholm, and Quote-Unquote, Bucharest; Liquid Crystal Display, Site Gallery, Sheffield, and MIMA, Middlesbrough; A sentence can be ours and ours, Playground Festival, Museum M, Leuven, BE; This is a voice, Wellcome Collection, London, and MAAS, Sydney; Secret Surface, K-W, Berlin. She co-runs a reading-aloud group They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it with Irene Revell, and she recently published a new book Poisonous Oysters.

Barham’s To be we to be video installation is part of Town Hall Meeting of the Air at BALTIC 39.