About

The Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on under-known and under-appreciated feminist texts, movements and struggles from outside the Anglo-American feminist tradition. The group was established in March 2015 by Helena Reckitt, at Goldsmiths, University of London and relocated in July 2015 to SPACE in Hackney, East London where it was hosted until April 2019. In June 2019, the group began a year-long residency at the South London Gallery focused on intersectional feminisms in the UK context.

FDRG sessions have been organised with Emilia-Amalia at Art Metropole in Toronto; in London at the Barbican Art Centre; Mimosa House, AntiUniversity; as part of The Table at the Swiss Church; and elsewhere in the UK at Grand Union, Birmingham; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; and Hypatia Trust, Penzance.           

Currently the group meets once a month, alternately on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the South London Gallery, and the second Saturday of the month at 4pm a non-institutional venue.

The FDRG welcomes feminists of all genders and generations to explore the legacy and resonance of art, thinking and collective practice from earlier periods of feminism, in dialogue with contemporary practices and movements.

Working Group

FDRG activities are initiated by a Working Group. Current members are:

Giulia Antonioli, Angelica Bollettinari, Lina Džuverović, Lily Evans-Hill, Sabrina Fuller, Haley Ha, Félicie Kertudo, Mariana Lemos, Ceren Özpinar, Sara Paiola, Helena Reckitt, Justin Seng, Ehryn Torrell and Fiona Townend.

Contact us:

If you would like to join the reading group mailing list or propose a focus for a session, or invite us to lead a meeting, please contact: feministduration@gmail.com 

Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans Marathon Reading Group

Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans Marathon Reading Group

Part of the Longplayer Festival

Invitation copy courtesy of Annea Lockwood

Invitation copy courtesy of Annea Lockwood

This is an invitation to join a special one-off reading group, together exploring Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, and the history of marathon readings of this book. Would you come and read aloud in our own ‘mini-marathon’?

Over New Year’s Eve of 1974/5 in NYC, Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, composer Annea Lockwood and Jean Rigg, manager of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, together organised a fifty-hour ‘marathon reading’ of Gertrude Stein’s novel The Making of Americans (1903-11). Initially hosted by Artists Space, it was to become an annual tradition, continuing into the 1980s at Paula Cooper Gallery: “increasingly large groups of well-known artists, unknown artists, Stein fans, SoHo residents, and passersby [would] come together to pass the New Year by listening to and reading this 925 page book.” This celebration of Stein took place at a time of notable feminist collaboration within the performance avant-garde, including the publication of the performance score magazine 'Womens Work', co-edited by Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood.

The intention of this reading group is to read aloud/listen together to the first part of The Making of Americans in an experiment: exploring what might be at stake in making time together in our current moment for a book ‘too long to read’, as well as the book itself and its oral/aural qualities. The reading group will start with a brief introduction to the history of the book and its ‘marathon readings’, before establishing a method for reading in-turn aloud, with breaks for feedback and discussion. Once a rhythm is established we will continue reading.

The Reading Group coincides and ‘intersects’ with the Longplayer Festival – a 12-hour walk from Goldsmiths in New Cross to Trinity Buoy Wharf in Docklands, with performances and events en route.  At approximately 6.15pm the walking group will reach Island Gardens via the foot tunnel, and join as listeners for 20-30 minutes. After they depart we will continue reading for another 30 minutes, aiming to read the first 100 pages in total.

 Copies of the book will be provided as well as cushions, water and other refreshments/snacks.  Readers would ideally join for the whole period but if you can only come for a section that's possible too. 

Please get in touch if you would like to join: irene@electra-productions.com

Invitation copy courtesy of Annea Lockwood

Invitation copy courtesy of Annea Lockwood

Invitation copy courtesy of Annea Lockwood

Invitation copy courtesy of Annea Lockwood

Complicating Sisterhood

Complicating Sisterhood

South London Gallery Residency Launch: Under-Known UK Feminisms

South London Gallery Residency Launch: Under-Known UK Feminisms