© Bryana Fritz

Lurker Moxie Heart

Hosted by Slow Reading Club (Henry Andersen & Bryana Fritz) | Fan Fiction Reading Event / Open Mic
Thursday 22.7. 19:30–21:30, Courtyard / Open Air Festival-Lounge

Why fan-fiction now? What permissions does it give us to read the world? Writing from the threshold of reader/writer, fan-fiction is a practice of rerouting and reanimating the flows of desire in existing characters, stories, and plotlines. As a writing practice it untangles the knot of the finished, autonomous text into something more frayed at the edges. It promotes seepage, mutation, and self-insertion. With disregard to the long-stale death of the author, the fanfic writer says, «I want it otherwise». In online archives of fan writing, one finds communities based not on shared space but on shared fandoms. «Lurker Moxie Heart» is a celebration of fan-fiction writing at large, moving an online activity into a meated space: a line up of stories offered voice by friends and acquaintances in the city, underwrit by celebration drumming. In fan-fiction jargon, the word ‹lurker› describes one who does not write or participate but only absorbs and appreciates. By aligning with the lurker, we choose the position of the secret admirer, the understudy, the fans of fandom. 

Lurker Moxie Heart takes place in multiple languages, all welcome.

The event will be accompanied by the release of risograph publication featuring texts by Bill Dietz and Joyelle McSweeney.

Slow Reading Club produces performance, text, video, sculptural work and printed matter. They premiered at kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017, in Brussels, as part of an evening entitled Before the Codes. Since then they have presented performances and exhibitions in a variety of contexts. 

Maker: Bryana Fritz & Henry Andersen