Hannah Black’s Untitled Reading is a performative reading of work-in-progress writing created during her BOFFO Residency Fire Island. Throughout Ms. Black’s four-week residency, she devoted herself to writing, blending historical and personal material into a lightly fictionalized retelling of the first 6 months of 2020. Also known for her visual art and performance, the experience utilized her multifaceted practice with a deep understanding of place. 635 Fire Island Blvd. is a historic Fire Island Pines home by gay modernist architect Horrace Gifford. Set over wetlands and into woods the house is also an open air pavilion that surrenders to nature, celebrating the natural wonder of the protected park. Guests are invited to enjoy the experience by swimming in the infinity pool, relaxing in the hot tub, or lounging on the back deck while Ms. Black reads excerpts of her new writing on a stage surrounded by flowers ceremonially burning the pages afterwards. A magic elixir and squash soup will be served to mark the recent fall equinox and get ready for the next phase of this entrance into a wild new decade.
The writing presents a relationship between two characters. At the beginning of 2020 we find one of them still nostalgic for the previous decade’s riots and fixated on the possibility of sudden revolution, and one ambivalently attempting to commit to electoral politics via the democratic socialist campaign of Moley Salamanders. They consume news, argue, and scramble to cope with events as the narrative moves through the different intensities of the year month by month. A publication of this writing is planned for later this year.