Frank Fu

Reading Series

Artspace, Sydney Biennale

I used to go to many openings. I saw people drinking, laughing, talking bullshit. But what about the artworks? One day I couldn't stand it any more and so I began my Reading Series project. One reading happened at the Artspace opening of the Sydney Biennale, 2006. After curator Charles Merewether's speech I stood up on my white stool, rang my bell and started to read from Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire's book Pedagogy of the Oppressed. In the text Freire suggests that the traditional educational system is a kind of one way communication. Opposing this, he wants to create equality and freedom between teachers and students. This is just what I wanted openings to be, allowing new possibilities to happen between audiences and art works inside white cubes.