the readers

May 23 , 3:00 pm

 —  4:35 pm

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Takahiko Iimura, Dora García

ASL Interpretation


This program will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Sarah Rifky.


John Cage Performs James Joyce

Takahiko Iimura
USA, 1991, DIGITAL, 15 MIN


An extremely rare documentation of a private performance of John Cage, one of the leading avant-garde composers of the 20th century, who created “Writing for the Fifth Time through Finnegans Wake” using I-Ching chance operation: Chinese fortune telling. Here Cage performs in front of a video camera operated by Takahiko Iimura, while he transforms the text of a modern literature classic by James Joyce into Cagian music in three ways: reading, singing, and whispering.

The Joycean Society

Dora García


A group of people has been reading a book together for 30 years.

They have been reading it again and again, with each journey from the first to the last page taking 11 years. Once they reach the last word they begin again with the first. text appears inexhaustible, its interpretation endless, the inconclusive nature of the reading exciting. The world seems to cease existing outside this reading room or, perhaps, it exists because of it.


  • A pioneering figure in the New York and Japanese film and video undergounds, Takahiko Iimura has had a tremendous impact upon the development of experimental cinema in both the US and Japan. Iimura's work in video has concentrated on deconstructing the language of video, especially video's power to obscure the author of the image, through the audience's immediate acceptance of what is shown on screen as true.

  • Dora García lives and works in Barcelona and Oslo. She currently teaches at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway, and Le Fresnoy, France. Her work explores the political potential of marginal positions, paying homage to eccentric characters and antiheroes. These eccentric characters have often been the centre of her film projects.

  • Sarah Rifky is a curator and art historian writing her PhD dissertation on Cultural Infrastructure in Egypt in the ‘50s and ‘60s. She is the founding co-director of Beirut (2012-2015), an art institution in Cairo. She is a doctoral candidate at MIT.


Co-presented with

  • The Japan Foundation
  • International Festival of Authors