Reading Machine for Dr. NO
October 9, 2008
Liddington also adopts the methods of experimental author Alain Robbe-Grillet, inserting portions of Robbe-Grillet’s jealousy into the Reading Machine. Like Graham, Liddington examines how Robbe-Grillet opens up a text, giving authorship to a reader.
Liddington’s own attack upon authorship involves transforming Dr. No into sculpture, so that the reader becomes a viewer that is physically involved with the piece. To accomplish this, the text of Reading Machine is set into window frames. An inserted swiveling frame is added to the sculpture, allowing the reader to manipulate the narrative of the piece and the fate of James Bond.
“By physically being able to move the story, the reader becomes an integral part of Bond’s struggle,” Liddington explains. “The reader becomes the villain. Just by reading the insert we partake in his punishment. By using the Reading Machine, the reader physically has to be involved in that torture.”
Check out Reading Machine for Dr. NO (after Ian Fleming after Alain Robbe-Grillet reiterating Rodney Graham) at Art Metropole, Sat October 11 from 1-3 pm.
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