时间 posted on: 18 May 2013 | 发布者 author: 家作坊 HomeShop | comment (1) |
The next meeting of the Happy Friends Reading Club will be held at HomeShop on Sunday June 2nd at 5 pm.
We will discuss the contents of the brief interview After the Event: Rationality and the Politics of Invention; An interview with Alain Badiou by Radical Politics between philosopher Alain Badiou and some students who form the Radical Politics Group at the University of Essex in 2003. From our brief foray into utopian studies, we wondered, can anything happen, does history exist, in utopia? And so the question of the event.
“It is imperative to understand that an event is always relative to a situation; it is an event for the situation, and not above or outside it. Consequently, when I say that an event is beyond calculation, beyond prediction, this is naturally beyond prediction within the situation of which the event is the supplement, or the added singularity. As such, the event is not in itself unintelligible: it is unintelligible in regard to the means of prediction, of forecast, or of continuity that are those of the situation. But the intelligibility of the event is created in the fidelity to the event.” —Alain Badiou
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时间 posted on: 1 April 2013 | 发布者 author: michael eddy | 评论 comment (0) |
At the last meeting it was decided to pick through a bit more of Fredric Jameson’s book “Archaeologies of the Future” to better understand what in the Utopian separates the appeal of the deodorant ad from the dream of the egalitarian society, the conservative ideal of perfection from the progressive imagination, and how to explain this diagram?
For those who would like to join, please choose a chapter or two from anywhere in the book that interests you, and see you at the next meeting at HomeShop at 5 pm on April 14th, 2013. If you are lacking a copy of this book, please leave a comment.
时间 posted on: 17 March 2013 | 发布者 author: michael eddy | comment (1) |
For the next meeting of Happy Friends Reading Club, we go on from the tensions between economies of perversion and play in Fourier and Sade, as elaborated by Klossowski, to investigations into varieties of the Utopian, with the first 2 chapters of “Archaeologies of the Future” (2005) by Fredric Jameson.
The meeting will take place at HomeShop at 5 pm on Sunday, March 31st . If you would like to receive a copy of this book please leave a comment.
时间 posted on: 13 January 2013 | 发布者 author: michael eddy | comment (1) |
The next meeting of the Happy Friends Reading Club will take place at 5 pm on Sunday the 27th of January, 2013, at HomeShop.
We will be reading Pierre Klossowski’s “Living Currency” (1970).
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时间 posted on: 15 December 2012 | 发布者 author: o | comments (2) |
Dear Happy Friends,
Please join us on
Sunday, December 30
5:00pm at HomeShop
to continue our reading of Claire BISHOP’s Artificial Hells. After a meandering discussion of participation, audience, spectatorship, and of course the shifting roles of the artist, viewer, and curator, we will together discuss Chapter 9: ‘Pedagogic Projects: How do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art?’ In this chapter, Bishop takes up recent discussions of the mobilization of education by artists. Bishop unpacks the “educational turn,” first theorized by Irit Rogoff in e-flux journal, using case studies and providing a thorough reading of different theories of education from Schiller to Freire to Ranciere. As it is the last chapter, it might be fitting to skim the Conclusion as well and test the arguments Bishop has made against our own practices and those we encounter in Beijing.
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时间 posted on: 23 November 2012 | 发布者 author: 家作坊 HomeShop | comments (5) |
As requested, please find above the full audio recording from the last meeting with Grant KESTER. While we did not adhere too closely to the text this time, several common interests/curiosities, those inevitable questions and quite a bit of editorial juxtaposed with self-reflection from an optimist, a “former” artist, a cynic and several foodies provided interesting insight into politicization as a viewing mechanism, “multiple art worlds”, “nomadic agents of critique”, “spontaneity (not) as stupidity” and the weakness of opposition, among other flows…
We’ll continue with the fallout of relational/dialogical practices with a reading suggested by Michael EDDY—Claire BISHOP’s latest book entitled Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. Chapter 8, “Delegated Performance: Outsourcing Authenticity”, was suggested, but seeing as this book has been in wide circuit since its publishing and given our tendency to stray, perhaps another experiment could be attempted for each participant to read a chapter of interest and then introduce it to the rest of the group, as once attempted during the also relevant meeting “Modes of Activism“. What do you think? If you are interested to join this session of Happy Friends, to be held on
Sunday, 2 December 2012
18:00 at HomeShop
please send us an e-mail or leave a comment to this post in order to receive a copy of the reading, and let us know which of the following chapters floats your boat:
- The Social Turn: Collaboration and Its Discontents, p 11
- Artificial Hells: The Historic Avant-garde, p 41
- Je participe, tu participes, il participe . . . , p 77
- Social Sadism Made Explicit, p 105
- The Social Under Socialism, p 129
- Incidental People: APG and Community Arts, p 163
- Former West: Art as Project in the Early 1990s, p 193
- Delegated Performance: Outsourcing Authenticity, p 219
- Pedagogic Projects: ‘How do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art?’, p 241
时间 posted on: 29 October 2012 | 发布者 author: 家作坊 HomeShop | comments (4) |
For the next meeting, we will depart from poetry and return to the art world and questions of participation in contemporary art practice. Orianna has selected Grant Kester’s recent “The Sound of Breaking Glass”, a two-part essay published in the e-flux journal. not only considering participation within a global framework, the work discusses notions of risk, a term that i hope we can tease out more in light of the publication of wear three and our continued discussions of 有种/ballsy.
We will convene on a different day from our usual meeting time with our fingers are crossed that Grant will be skyping in to join the conversation from San Diego. please don’t be late, Saturday, November 10, from 12 noon.
And finally, a bit on Grant’s background: Grant Kester is one of the first art historians to theorize “relational” or to use his own term, “dialogical” art practices. In 2006, he responded to Claire Bishop’s critique of Nicholas Bourriaud in the pages of Art Forum. Following this intervention, he published Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art. Recently, he published The One and The Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context. to read more of his writing, please visit his website.
To obtain a copy of the reading for this meeting, please leave a comment to this post or e-mail us at lianxi [at] homeshop [dot] org [dot] cn.
时间 posted on: 27 September 2012 | 发布者 author: 家作坊 HomeShop | comments (3) |
上 above__ 家作坊日记，2012年9月23日；from the HomeShop log book, 23 September 2012
In honour of passing the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Happy Friends will get their mooncake faces on with some slow-down into the season readings of the work of poet Bei Dao. While Twist says that there is not much we can say about poetry beyond reading it, we could be Happy Friends just as well to get together and read, think of the tumultuous youth of other Societies, and welcome an autumn world in turmoil.
For this meeting the reading group will also focus on translation as a point of poetic turn, and we will do our best to find as many pieces available in both English and Chinese as possible. We may take turns reading particular favourites, or drift into dissent, debating about dead cats and the dog’s democracy.
The meeting will take place at HomeShop on Saturday, October 6th at 6 pm. Leave a comment to request a digital copy for reading.
时间 posted on: 21 August 2012 | 发布者 author: michael eddy | comment (1) |
For the next meeting of the Happy Friends Reading Club it has been suggested to read the introduction to contemporary German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s book “Spheres.”
(Note: this date and topic may share some associations with HomeShop’s imminent release of wear journal 3 and its motif “ballsy”, but this suggestion pops up from the serendipitous parallel interest of a group member rather than any coordinated decision; enjoy the coincidence!)
The meeting will take place at HomeShop on Sunday, September 9th at 6 pm.
We are trying to organize an extra bubbly component to the meeting, will keep you posted.
时间 posted on: 6 July 2012 | 发布者 author: michael eddy | 评论 comment (0) |
For the next meeting of the Happy Friends Reading Club, we will be reading Donna Harraway’s essay from 1985, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.” We have versions in English and in Chinese to distribute, so please let us know if you want to receive a copy.
The plan is to initially separate the language groups and then try a crossover, so language ability is not the ultimate human obstacle!
The meeting will take place at HomeShop at 6 pm on July 22nd, 2012.