Reading the Internet / Something Other Live

Reading the Internet sign
(c) Mike Slocombe

Reading the Internet (2015 – 2017)

Reading the Internet began as an exorcism and a celebration of all the writing that’s published online: in blogs, on social media, in comment boxes and more. It takes the public forum of the internet into the public space of cafes, theatres and pizza parlours, and transforms the written word into live art.

At Reading the Internet, a Facebook feed might be played as music or a political essay distilled into poetry; Youtube comments become the source for stand-up comedy and reviews are broken into shards. Some people read online content verbatim, others create something new, be it text, film or performance. No two nights are the same – except in inviting the audience to think about, and sometimes laugh at, the way we live together online.

Taking place roughly once a season in a public place (a cafe, a theatre, a pizza parlour), the event is part-curated and part-open mic, with audiences encouraged to join in with their own readings on the night.

Something Other Live  (2017 – )

audience at reading the internet

In 2017 we changed the name of our event series to ‘Something Other Live’, to reflect the fact that it has become inextricably linked to the publication of our themed chapters.

Each SOL event happens before the chapter is published – the text precedes the live precedes the text. Please see our chapters for more information.

The Writers’ Gathering

The Writers’ Gathering is an open discussion group for people who use writing as a tool for experiment in their practice, but whose work doesn’t necessarily fit into easily defined categories. Meeting once a month at the Live Art Development Agency in Bethnal Green, the group welcomes those who might hold writing in a critical relationship with performance, see writing as a space for or refuge from performance, or transform writing through dialogue with performance.

For more information and upcoming dates, please check the LADA website.