ReadingRoom is a local Terra Critica practice in Utrecht with the collaboration of Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory. It is open to anyone interested in careful close readings. ReadingRoom is meant to create an open and inclusive space for substantial and meaningful conversations in the humanities, the arts and beyond. In the face of the current pressure for applied science and socio-economic profitability, reading and its crystallizing of critical questions are skills to refine in order to sharpen our understanding of and practicing in this world. We understand reading as an active intervention into our present, a shared practice that sharpens our senses and enables new affective communities. ReadingRoom meets every 6-8 weeks and each time we base our conversations on a few key texts from a wide range of disciplines. Please register for ReadingRoom at email@example.com.
We plan to start another series of ReadingRoom in the spring of 2018.
ReadingRoom is participating in the upcoming exhibition @ Casco titled Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, starting Friday 26 May 2017 and running through 16 July 2017. More info here soon.
The third series of ReadingRoom was running from September 2016 until May 2017, discussing WHO CARES? – Politics and Poetics in the Affirmative. We studied feminist, decolonial and aesthetic interventions ‘in the affirmative’ into our contemporary planetary situation – especially looking at alternative spaces of education, activism and art and pursuing affirmation as a promising poetico-political tool to pass from mere opposition and negation to space-opening refusal.
The second series of ReadingRoom was running from September 2015 to February 2016, discussing relationality – envisioning new wor(l)dings. Relationality is one of the fundamental conditions of critical assessments and interventions today and has been very productively theorized in Caribbean thought and poetics. We engaged mainly with Fanon, Glissant and Wynter.
The first series of ReadingRoom was running from December 2014 to May 2015, discussing speculation & fabulation – critique in the SF mode. We looked at the theory and diverse forms of science fiction, reinvesting in imagination and speculation as crucial affective-critical tools for our present.
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