»Reading for Mira« is the reading of A Man Asleep by Georges Perec from 1967. It takes approximantely 3,5 hours.
»All that matters to you is that time should pass and that nothing should get
through to you: your eyes follow the lines, deliberately, one after the other.«
For Julia Kristeva, the notion of intertextuality replaces the notion of »intersubjectivity« when we realize that meaning is not transferred directly from writer to reader but instead is mediated through, or filtered by, »codes« imparted to the writer and reader by other texts. This intertextual view of literature, as shown by Roland Barthes, supports the concept that the meaning of a text does not reside in the text, but is produced by the reader in relation not only to the text in question, but also the complex network of texts invoked in the reading process.
Georges Perec and Bernard Queysanne, Un homme qui dort (1974), film stills.
»Sometimes the darkness forms first the indistinct shape of an ace of spades: in front of you
is a point from which two lines take off, move apart, and then come back in towards you after
describing a long curve.«