INCOMPLETE READING GROUP

 

31.5.2022

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31.05.22, 6.30 pm, INCOMPLETE READING GROUP

26.04.22, 6.30 pm, INCOMPLETE READING GROUP
reading Sonia Mehra Chawla and Fahim Amir

29.03.22, 6.30 pm, INCOMPLETE READING GROUP
reads Heike Geißler

16.02.22, 6 pm, INCOMPLETE READING GROUP
reads Simone Weil, moderated by Jan Erbelding in cooperation with the reading sessions in the programme of I Did Not See It Coming

25.01.22, 6.30 pm, INCOMPLETE READING GROUP
reading Melissa Broder and Lynne Tillman

20.12.21, 6.30 pm, INCOMPLETE READING GROUP
reading Donna J. Haraway and Paul B. Preciado

16.11.21, 6.30 pm, INCOMPLETE READING GROUP
reading Patricia Reed "The Valuation of Necessity", 2021

26.10.21, 7.30, INCOMPLETE READING GROUP
reading Octavia E. Butler's "Speech Sounds", 1983

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The INCOMPLETE READING GROUP invites everyone to engage in open exchange in a democratic space to explore different text(ual form)s and thereby grow beyond the limitation of solitary reading as well as arouse a multi-perspective approach to the writings. Reading the text in advance is recommended but not required for participation. Printed copies will be available at the gathering and excerpts of the text will be read together to support open discussion. The reading group meets monthly at Lothringer 13 lokal starting in October 2021. 
For access to the text and further information on the reading group, please email projekt@lothringer13.com. Further dates are communicated here and on social media soon.

 

April 26, 2022, 6:30 pm
INCOMPLETE READING GROUP 
reads Sonia Mehra Chawla and Fahim Amir
from June 2022 THE AGENCY presents the project N U R T U R Æ L at Lothringer 13 Halle with works by Kanako Azuma, Sarah Doerfel, Nile Koetting and the performance SOLASTALGIA by THE AGENCY.  N U R T U R Æ L looks into a not-too-distant future in which the precariousness of survival for various forms of life is once again palpable. How might a poetics of relations with the earth be tested, beyond a centring of the human or the living?

Taking up these questions, on Tuesday 26 April at 6.30pm we would like to share with you an excerpt from Fahim Amir "Pig and Time. Animals, Politics, Revolt" and the essay "The Non-Human Touch. What Values Can Emerge from Ruined Landscape?" by Sonia Mehra Chawla.
Sonia Mehra Chawla (born 1977 in Kolkata, India) studied Fine Arts at the College of Art, Delhi University. She works as an artist, photographer and researcher and follows an interdisciplinary approach. In her art, she primarily explores the themes of identity, nature, ecology, sustainability and environmental protection. In her essay "The Non-Human Touch. What Values Can Emerge from Ruined Landscape?" from 2020, she conducts artistic research based on the ruins of Cramond Island, a Scottish defence site from the Second World War. The focus is on the diverse life forms that inhabit the intertidal zones.
Fahim Amir (born 1978 in Iran) is a philosopher and artist living in Vienna. He has taught at universities and art colleges in Europe and Latin America and his work deals with the transitions between natural cultures and urbanism, art, performance and utopia, colonial historicity and modernism. "Only a madman would claim that animals are political. That madman is me," says Fahim Amir about his book "Pig and Time. Animals, Politics, Revolt", published in 2018 by Edition Nautilus. In it, he develops an alternative narrative of history in which animals are freed from romanticisation and victim status and become powerful political actors.

 


past dates:
October 26, 2021, 7.30 pm
INCOMPLETE READING GROUP 
reading Octavia E. Butler´s "Speech Sounds", 1983
Octavia E. Butler's (1947-2006) texts first appeared in science fiction anthologies in the 1970s.The author's work deals with the apocalypse as everyday life, coexistence and interdependence, as well as technologies, always with the claim of social development and the overcoming of social, cultural and economic inequalities. In her short story “Speech Sounds,” people's ability to communicate is limited due to a pandemic and is told through the eyes of protagonist and survivor Valerie Rye. 

 

November 16, 2021, 6.30 pm
INCOMPLETE READING GROUP
reading excerpts from Patricia Reed's Essay "The Valuation of Necessity", 2021
As a reflection on a techno-social configuration of world, the essay "The Valuation of Necessity" explores questions of coexistence within the context of today's planetary transformations. Starting from the complex concept of necessity as a social invention, Reed examines cosmological frameworks and related valuation systems that also shape the use and abuse of technologies. 

Patricia Reed works as an artist, writer and designer in Berlin. Her recent writing has appeared in Pages Magazine, Glass Bead Journal, The New Normal, Construction Site for Possible Worlds, e-flux Journal, Making & Breaking, Para-Platforms, and e-flux Architecture. She also co-authored Xenofeminist Manifesto (2015) as Laboria Cuboniks, which was reissued by Verso Books in 2018.

December 14, 2021, 6.30 pm
INCOMPLETE READING GROUP 
reading Donna Haraway und Paul B. Preciado

Donna Haraway is a university professor with research interests in (nature) history of science and women´s studies. In her text "Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980's", she creates the figure of the cyborg, among others, in which she collapses traditional binaries such as human versus animal, human versus machine, and man versus woman, thereby opening up new spaces of possibility.

Paul B. Preciado works as a writer, theorist, and curator. In his exploration of sexual politics, Preciado considers sexuality as technology and, from there, elaborates counter-narratives to gender/sex, sexual practices, as well as sexual identities, vehemently opposing the binary gender system.

January 25, 2022, 6.30 pm
INCOMPLETE READING GROUP 
lreading Melissa Broder and Lynne Tillman
Lynne Tillman is author of several novels and short stories as well as a cultural and art critic. Her short story ‘The Dead live longer’ appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of the American magazine n+1. In it, a first-person narrator recalls her former friend, now deceased, and their difficult mother-daughter relationship.

Melissa Broder is a poet and author who became known for her Twitter account ‘So Sad Today,’ from which a volume of essays emerged.  Following her first novel, ‘Pisces,’ the second, titled ‘Milk Fed,’ was published in 2021. In it, Rachel, an anorectic, non-religious Jewish woman, sets a break from contact with her mother. Maternal longing, the role of faith, lust and dependency experience a different perspective in the relationship with Miriam, and all the control over it that was thought to be secure begins to waver. 

March 29, 2022, 6.30 pm
INCOMPLETE READING GROUP 
reads exzerpts from Heike Geißler's „Die Woche“
Heike Geißler, born in 1977 in Riesa, became known to a wider audience with her reportage novel "Saisonarbeit" (Spector Books, 2014), in which she tells of a holiday job at Amazon.

Her novel "The Week" is about an unusual week in Leipzig that consists only of Mondays. The text, which is repeatedly written in the "we" form, formulates resistance and at the same time lists (linguistically) its difficulties. It gets to the heart of why it is so difficult for "us" to resist: having grown up with the promise of advancement and liberation of the 1990s - especially for women, à la you can have everything, children and a career and a functioning relationship, democracy as a matter of course, someday (residential) property, great holidays, a super body on top - we have long since found ourselves in a society of decline.

 

Reference project/s
Helin Alas, Bik Van der Pol, Viltė Bražiūnaitė & Tomas Sinkevičius, Barbara Kapusta, Robert Keil, Judith Neunhäuserer, Nina Radelfahr
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Ab dem 9. Juni 2022 präsentiert THE AGENCY in der Lothringer 13 Halle die Ausstellung N U R T U R Æ L mit Arbeiten von Kanako Azuma, Sarah Doerfel, Nile Koetting und THE AGENCY.
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