‘reading in Reading’: David Raymond Conroy

‘reading in Reading’ - event by David Raymond Conroy, Ghislaine Leung, Cally Spooner and Jesper List Thomsen at Reading Central Library

Exhibition launch and reading event: Saturday  24  March 2 – 4pm

Reading Central Library

David Raymond Conroy
‘Create Tomorrow’

For the final part of ‘reading in Reading’ David Conroy visits once again the group’s SUPERSTRUCTURE, with it’s ideas around perfect communication and how one body intermingles with another in the reading of a text. For his contribution Conroy has re-edited a number of motivational speeches he sourced online and, together with a group of friends, re-recorded them to create a stereo soundscape that asks the listener to question the source material’s advice to “be yourself”. The work perhaps proposes that authenticity and expression might be found precisely through being someone else. One of Conroy’s concerns in this project is the diminishing number of library users and the precarious state of local libraries, so to try and work againt this trend his recording has been turned into a unique vinyl record, an artwork, which is available for loan to users of Reading Central Library.

‘Create Tomorrow’ is part of the collaborative project ‘reading in Reading’ with artists Cally Spooner, Ghislaine Leung and Jesper List Thomsen.

David Raymond Conroy is based in London. His work examines the relationship between production, consumption and identity, how our subjectivity mutates and collapses as we experience the cultural output of other people. His recent projects have been hosted by EKKM, Tallinn, Camden Arts Centre, London, and Modern Art Oxford.


In partnership with Hogarth Productions


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David Conroy, Create Tomorrow, 2018
David Conroy, Create Tomorrow, 2018

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Monday 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 10am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Thursday 10am to 7pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm

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Reading Central
Abbey Square,