The Apocalypse Reading Room is an installation by speculative writer and artist Ama Josephine Budge: an on-site library, a world of talking stories in the face of environmental and social transformation, a gathering of all the books we might need to change the end of the world…
The Apocalypse Reading Room transforms a public arts space into a post-apocalyptic library installation filled with books for all ages, exploring ways to build, transform, rethink, rewrite and reimagine our futures.
The reading room was at Toynbee Studios from 1 July – 30 September 2021 in the Arts Bar & Cafe. The installation was activated by two artists, Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Mohammed Z Rahman, who were selected for a three-month long residency programme, a series of public events and writing blogs:
- Read blog by Lateisha: < grief is a grandmother whose burning hands enshrine light >
- Read blog by Mohammed: Smash the Workhouse, Free the Dreamers
Listen to recordings of talks with residency artists, Ama and invited guests on our Soundcloud.
In summer 2020, we presented a digital version of The Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room with online readings published weekly. Guests – including Nii Obodai, Victoria Sin, Pratibha Parmar, Kai-Isaiah Jamal, Ama Josephine Budge, Theodora Omambala – were invited to read a section of their apocalypse survival guide from their favourite reading rooms: nooks, living rooms, bedrooms, attics, garages, closets, stairwells and basements.
|25 September 2021||Ama Josephine Budge in the Reading Room with Access Support|
|18 September 2021||Ama Josephine Budge in the Reading Room with Access Support|
|9 September 2021||Sharings from the Apocalypse Reading Room||A park in east London (exact location will be revealed soon!)||London|
|1–30 September 2021||The Apocalypse Reading Room: Audio Description|
|26 August 2021||The Apocalypse Reading Room Residency Sharing||Your local park||London|
|19 August 2021||The Apocalypse Reading Room Residency Sharing||Your local park||London|
|17 July 2021||Nocturnal Creatures|
|1 July – 30 September 2021||The Apocalypse Reading Room|
|28 July – 11 September 2020||The Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room|