Hanne Lippard
Reading for Fans



2 October 14


Hanne Lippard, photo: Hannah Cooke
Hanne Lippard, photo: Hannah Cooke


Reading for Fans is a performance by Hanne Lippard, which reflects upon the office environment as a potential ecosystem, in which nature is deployed by the human endeavor to seek success. Lippard shedds a critical light on notions of efficiency, progress, and success, and uses the To-do list as a metaphor to describe the underlying rhythm that drives the individual to maneuver through an environment in which exhaustion emerges. To-do, to-do, to-do might remind the listener of a wordless heartbeat – or recall an active command.

Dry office air is shared. Remember to drink enough water. One for each cup of black coffee. White laundry. Empty fridge. Subway. Phone Peter. Set alarm. Spin. Loop. Fan wind. Remind. Call Paul. Hang to dry. Water plants. Trim bush. Onions. Bread. Toothpaste. Mail Mary. Walk the dog. Talk the talk. Empty trash. Note to note. Self to self. And don't forget to remember to close the window once it rains.

Berlin-based Hanne Lippard's practice explores the voice as a medium. Her education in graphic design informs how language can be visually powerful; her texts are visual, rhythmic, and performative rather than purely informative. She often works with musicians or poets, and at KW Institute for Contemporary Art she presents a new piece – her first in an institutional setting.

The Performative Minute takes place every first Thursday of the month and records a current development in the performance art scene. The format is flexible, and invites an artist to devise a site- and time-specific evening for KW and to explore the boundaries and possibilities of performance today.