Enrico Floriddia

Allgemein, News, Residenzkünstler


Samstag, 25. Juli 2020  14 – 18 Uhr

𝕡𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕚𝕥 𝕠𝕗 𝕒 𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕘𝕦𝕖 𝒃𝒚 𝕐𝕠𝕜𝕠 𝕋𝕒𝕨𝕒𝕕𝕒

hosted by: Enrico Floriddia
There are many books i want to read. But i still struggle to getting there and i want to share this reading.

I propose you to do it with me.

An arpentage is a collective reading technique, where a group of people gathers, everyone reads one part of the book individually and then discuss it all together. It is a way to read a whole book by a multitude of points of view. It is a performative act of collective knowledge production.

𝕡𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕚𝕥 𝕠𝕗 𝕒 𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕘𝕦𝕖 𝒃𝒚 𝕐𝕠𝕜𝕠 𝕋𝕒𝕨𝕒𝕕𝕒

Yoko Tawada’s Portrait of a Tongue: An Experimental Translation by Chantal Wright is a hybrid text, innovatively combining literary criticism, experimental translation, and scholarly commentary. This work centres on a German-language prose text by Yoko Tawada entitled Porträt einer Zunge. Yoko Tawada is a native speaker of Japanese who learned German as an adult.

Portrait of a Tongue is a portrait of a German woman—referred to only as P—who has lived in the United States for many years and whose German has become inflected by English. The text is the first-person narrator’s declaration of love for P and for her language, a ‘thinking-out-loud’ about language(s), and a self-reflexive commentary.

Chantal Wright offers a critical response and a new approach to the translation process by interweaving Tawada’s text and the translator’s dialogue, creating a side-by-side reading experience that encourages the reader to move seamlessly between the two parts. Chantal Wright’s technique models what happens when translators read and responds to calls within Translation Studies for translators to claim visibility, to practice “thick translation”, and to develop their own creative voices


No need to know anything, if you want to come by and read with some strangers, you’re welcome : )

Each participants reads apart around 30 pages and then everyone gathers to tell each other their part, ask questions and discuss the book.

This is part of my artist practice towards building a pirated common library: if they want, each participant will receive a copy of the book augmented by everyone’s notes to thank them for the participation.

Please book one of the 8 spots available by writing to enrico@slanted.cc you’ll be welcomed with tea and coffee during the session.

🌳 the reading will be in open air so we can all breath nicely 🌳