Reading Group: Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

Sat 18 March, 2-3.30pm // Free & open to all with free refreshments // At Turf Gallery


Join our regular reading group exploring unexpected and unusual themes relating to our current art exhibition.

This session will center around ‘Species of Spaces and Other Pieces’, a collection of pieces by the French novelist, filmmaker, essayist and documentalist Georges Perec (1936-1982). In ‘Species of Spaces’, Perec turns his ‘keen eye on the ‘infra-ordinary’, the things we do every day and the places we do them in without giving them a moment’s thought’.

Perec’s writing is characterized by lightness of touch, dry humour and accessibility. He also delights in experimental word play, lists and attempts at classification; and there is often a tinge of melancholy – born into a French Jewish family, his father died fighting for France in World War II and his mother perished in the Holocaust.

The short text will be one of the essays from ‘Species of Spaces’ – ‘The Apartment’.

Both texts are available to read at Turf – if you can’t get hold of the book yourself, feel free to pop into the gallery and read in the workspace.

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