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Utopia: Reading Circle with Noor Bhangu

Image: Installation view of Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art, 2018, Gallery 1C03 in Winnipeg, Canada.

Image: Installation view of Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art, 2018, Gallery 1C03 in Winnipeg, Canada.

Utopia: Reading Circle is part of curator Noor Bhangu’s residency at Latitude 53, which includes a curatorial talk, a future workshop, and a group exhibition in 2020. The programming alongside the exhibition will foreground utopic desires and moves through considering media, identity, collective responsibility, and emancipatory politics.

For the August 15th reading circle, participants will be invited to share responses and questions from the selected readings, which will be circulated through Latitude 53’s website. While the readings will be theoretical in genre, it will be the aim of the participatory reading to use localized and personal perspectives to invoke hope as a process for worldbuilding. In the steps of Michael Taussig, together, the reading circle will become an autonomous zone, a reserve, through which to collectively construct a blueprint for possible and inclusive futures.

Readings will be made available to participants as web links or in PDF format.

Readings:

  • Dery, Mark, “Black to the Future: Interviews with Samuel R. Delany, Greg Tale, and Tricia Rose,” In Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture (Durham: Duke University Press, 1994).

  • Tuck, Eve. “Suspending Damage: A Letter to Communities.” Harvard Educational Review 79 (3): 409–2.

  • Vettivelu, Joshua, "When We Are Welcomed Into the Fold, Where Do We Keep What Is Left Behind?" C Magazine, no. 133 (Spring 2017).

  • Zournazi, Mary, “Carnival of the Senses: A Conversation with Michael Taussig,” in Hope: New Philosophies for Change (New York: Psychology Press, 2003).

Click here to register for the free event.