The fifth series Reading Rosa, Pink & Other Colors looked critically at capitalism–patriarchy–colonialism (CPC) as the systemic weave shaping our current world-habitat. Our sixth series It is Time… takes up the thread of this troubling complexity rather than simply move elsewhere, to a new question or a different topic. But what does it mean to take up a thread? It means not just to continue with the same, but to continue and spin further, to involve another string. This image of working is inspired by the words of Bauhaus fabric artist Anni Albers, who writes in her book On Weaving (1965) that in weaving, as in study and thought, it is “possible to go from any place to any other, so also, starting from a defined and specialized field, can one arrive at a realization of ever-extending relationships” (xi).
ReadingRoom’s sixth series holds on to a focus on CPC as the fabric of our present, but also wants to interweave another string. CPC is not “simply” a global capitalist-patriarchal-colonial formation, but also lives off human exceptionalism and ecological devastation that affect “us” all, different humans and non-humans alike, yet in foundationally asymmetrical ways. It is Time…considers how we can thread a critique of the on-going environmental destruction into our critical understanding of CPC. It is Time… to re-imagine futurity (or temporality itself), to invent new languages to speak different ecologies of living. It is Time…
This ReadingRoom series is in resonance with Casco’s exhibition Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons) (14 Sept – 3 Nov 2019).
Guest session @ BAK, basis voor aktuele kunst, Utrecht: Saturday, 16 November 2019, 14.00-18.00
with Propositions #9: Deserting from the Culture Wars and BAK’s Program Trainings for the Not-Yet
Training with Terra Critica: ReadingRoom on Refuge, Refuse, Refrain
Desertion means to be disloyal and to abandon. Can we desert institutions of oppression, the constraints and expectations that dis/en/able us all, the futures we loathe? And can it also mean to join anew and train together how we might relate in unforeseen ways, within (para)institutions, struggling for futures we desire? In this training session, we want to think about the dynamics of refusal and refuge, a dynamic in which moves of desertion, but also moves of solidarity and alliance are caught up. What forms of politics must we invent to form coalitions among us, as diverse people of the earth, human and non-human? Is recognition the primary tool or must we devise other methods and desires to heal the wounds of war, whiteness and patriarchy? During the training session, we will think together about the text and want to also train concretely modes of relating to those present and absent during the session. One main aim is to take account of the processes of refusal and refraining, of in/exclusion that have concretely also contributed to making our training session possible.
The session will be based on a joint reading:
- Fred Moten, “Refuge, Refuse, Refrain” The Universal Machine (Duke 2018), 65-139.
Registration for the session is closed.
Session Two: Monday, 25 November 2019, 17.30-19.30
During our second regular session of ReadingRoom, we will explore further the temporalities of climate change and its uneven and global effects. We welcome dr. Anirban Das (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata) as our guest and discuss these readings:
- Déborah Danowski & Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, The Ends of the World (chs 1, 2 and 3), Polity 2017, pp. 1-27.
- Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement. Climate Change and the Unthinkable (part 2: History), U of Chicago Press 2016, p. 85-116.
- Dipesh Chakrabarty, “Anthropocene Time” History and Theory 57/1 (2018), p. 5-32.
As always, ReadingRoom will be followed by a vegan dinner (contribution of 10 euro per person).
To register, please email email@example.com by 12 November, 2019.
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Session One: Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 17.30-19.30
In our first session, we considered how the on-going environmental destruction is part and parcel of CPC, the systemic weave of capitalism–patriarchy–colonialism we studied last year. It is Time… intends to combine thinking about extinction and what ending something can mean, so this first session explored resonating conversations on water, sex/erotics, ongoingness and fugitivity.
We had dr. Eva Hayward (University of Arizona and Terra Critica researcher in residence 2019) as our guest and discussed these texts:
- Eva Hayward, “Time of In/Difference. Extinction, Sexuality and Coral Science” (unpublished talk)
- Eva Hayward, “FingeryEyes: Impressions of Cup Corals” Cultural Anthropology 25/4 (2010): 577-99.
- Fred Moten, “Erotics of Fugitivity” in Stolen Life, Duke UP 2018, 241-267.
- Koleka Putuma, “Water” https://pensouthafrica.co.za/water-by-koleka-putuma/
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