Future Per­fect Con­ti­nuous Tense

Online Collec­ti­ve Rea­ding by Slow Rea­ding Club

Future Per­fect Con­ti­nuous Ten­se bor­rows its tit­le from a gram­ma­ti­cal ten­se con­sis­ting of two ele­ments: the future per­fect of the verb “to be” (will have been) and the pre­sent par­ti­cip­le of the main verb.

For examp­le:
In three days, I will have been working at my desk for three years.
At five o’clock, I will have been sit­ting for fif­ty-five minu­tes.
When I turn thir­ty, I will have been play­ing pia­no for thir­ty mon­ths.
When she turns for­ty, the revo­lu­ti­on will have been four years in the making.

To descri­be an action in this ten­se is to pro­ject our­sel­ves for­ward in time in order to look back at the dura­ti­on of an acti­vi­ty. We enter into a fic­tio­n­al future in order to sure it up — lan­guage as a stra­te­gy to hold time in ones hands, to have time hold ones hands.

Slow Rea­ding Club (SRC) is a semi-fic­tio­n­al rea­ding group initia­ted in 2016 by Brya­na Fritz and Hen­ry Ander­sen. They deal in con­struc­ted situa­tions for collec­ti­ve rea­ding. SRC seeks to occu­py and ero­ti­cise the space of trans­mis­si­on bet­ween text and rea­der, rea­der and rea­der, text and text; to dwell in the unsta­ble space of rea­ding its­elf, to inten­si­fy what Spivak calls “the pos­si­ble menace of a space out­side of lan­guage” that is ope­ned up in rea­ding and in love.

In Future Per­fect Con­ti­nuous Ten­se, stra­te­gies from their prac­ti­ce will be trans­fer­red online; refi­gu­ring the ubi­qui­ty of telecon­fe­ren­cing soft­ware as an inti­ma­te par­ti­ci­pant in the act of rea­ding.
Each evening is framed as a rehe­ar­sal or an expe­ri­ment in collec­ti­ve rea­ding through the screen, using texts that pry open the ten­se of line­ar time and pro­to­cols to re-com­ple­xi­fy the bodies, devices and rooms that orbit reading.

Each ses­si­on is inde­pen­dent from the others. Par­ti­ci­pants may attend one or more. Tho­se par­ti­ci­pants who regis­ter the Sunday befo­re each ses­si­on will recei­ve a gift via mail, a poti­on to accom­pa­ny the reading.

A coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween Caba­ret Vol­taire (Salo­me Hohl and Adam Jasper) and Neumarkt.