A Call to Readers: Participate in the common S E N S E

“Just as a book connects the near at hand to the far away. Touch transverses our interior and exterior worlds.” — Ann Hamilton

What are you reading? Check out our new Tumblr site Readers Reading Readers — created just for this exhibition — and submit a excerpt that describes an exchange of touch. The exhibition title  the common S E N S E references Aristotle’s proposition in Historia Animalium and De Anima that “touch” is the sense common to all animal species.

What should you submit? It’s up to you — a paragraph from a book, a few sentences from the newspaper, an excerpt from a letter, a magazine fragment….  Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the submissions will be printed and placed around the galleries. Visitors will be able to assemble the fragments into individualized commonplace books (a commonplace book is a tool for collecting and organizing excerpts from books and other written works into one document for easy access to ideas or arguments for a variety of situations).

Become part of the exhibition! Visit our Tumblr Readers Reading Readers, and click “submit a fragment.”

Submission from readers-reading-readers.tumblr.com: Douglas Quenqua. “New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question.” New York Times, December 24, 2013.
Submission to readers-reading-readers.tumblr.com: Douglas Quenqua. “New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question.” New York Times, December 24, 2013.

Stay tuned for information about becoming a reader/scribe.
Reader/scribes will read out loud in the Henry galleries as they transcribe texts from the exhibition’s changing books. Over the course of the exhibition, the books will fill with each reader/scribes’ contribution, bringing the individual into a chorus.

the common S E N S E opens October 11. Learn more here!

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