A Hard Read residency, 2012
Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012
Arts@Renaissance

In 2012, I participated in a pilot program for artist residencies at Arts@Renaissance, located in a former hospital and shelter in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, next to the Barbara Kleinman Shelter for homeless men and the Red Shed Community Garden.
Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


As the space literally was layered with history, I decided to photograph my residency; I hung some photos on the walls and mounted others on small, wooden blocks, placing them on a shelf that I found when moving in.
Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012

Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


My photograph of a vase with flowers, for open studio - that I accidentally broke when moving out.
Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


I combined my visual work with a Literacy Service, and invited Michael Wilson (whom I had met the previous year, when I placed an open call in the shelter next to Arts@Renaissance) to visit my residency space. Here, we attempted to make sense of one another's spelling and approach to language, and I summarized the experience in eight points that could serve as a guideline for others.
Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


The literacy sessions included googling locations of Michael's past.
Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


We would also meet by the small desk of Michael's porter job, where he does some of his writing and drawings.

Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012
The Center for Book Arts, New York

Our collaboration became part of the exhibition, Brother, Can You Spare a Stack, curated by Yulia Tikhonova at The Center for Book Arts, NYC.

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community.

Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012 2013
Video interview by damali abrams
A Hard Read: Personal Library, collaboration with Michael Wilson
2013

A Hard Read, the Personal Library - a collaboration between artists Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Wilson - explores literacies, social space and social anxiety. Private shelves are combined with a selection of literature on literacy and social practice, books borrowed from a public library and renewed online - and the making of an artist book, ed. 10.

The selection is a result of their methodology, that includes: reflections on personal experience, active listening and elements of Gregory Bateson’s Metalogues. The resulting library is a dialogue between personal history, hybrid expression and collective learning.


Structure of collaboration:
Anna Lise Jensen: concept, organizer, transcribing, editing, photography, scanning and printing.
Michael Wilson: story, drawings & watercolors and book binding





Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012
Keliy Anderson-Staley

First reader of A Hard Read, Vol. 1: a pregnant Keliy Anderson-Staley.
Anna Lise Jensen A Hard Read residency, 2012


Online renewal of the public library books for the exhibition library.