Texta book club
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 20 November, 6:15pm, Free
Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Industries Faculty.
To coincide with the exhibition Beyond Reason, we will be discussing our final book for the year, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
from Invisible Cities
In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo – Mongol emperor and Venetian traveller. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire is coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear.
The evening commences with a brief tour of the current exhibition, followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of conversation about the title of choice.
Texta is held through the year on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm. Purchase this title from the QUT Bookshop or QUT Art Museum.
Tuesday 12 February 2019, 6:15pm
William Robinson: A new perspective by Nick Earls
Old Government House