The fourth series of ReadingRoom is currently running, discussing un/learning: the p/re/distribution of knowledge. This series asks how we host, organize, and maintain knowledge and, more broadly, will take up questions concerning access to, institutionalization of, and the distribution of knowledge in its many forms. For feminist, decolonial and anti-capitalist struggles, the p/re/distribution of knowledges – linked to un/learning our habits of embodied thinking and acting – is a key tool of critical practice. Who has left what ‘unread’? How can we and what must we unread for the re/distribution of knowledge? And how to p/re/distribute what is or could become common/ing? This series is in part inspired by the exhibition project The Library of Unread Books by Heman Chong and Renée Staal at Casco Art Institute (26 November 2017 – 25 February 2018).
In our first meeting, we discussed un/learning from artistic, decolonizing and feminist angles. In our future meetings, we want to take ‘phenomena’ – envisioned are ‘mountains’ (March), ‘waste’ (May) and ‘time’ (June) as topics per session – to un/learn them from different perspectives and for commoning in the anthropocene. Can we un/learn our relations with these phenomena? Tell other stories, relate otherwise?