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ReadingRoom is a local Terra Critica practice in Utrecht with the collaboration of Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory. As a series of meetings, it is open to anyone interested in careful and caring close readings. ReadingRoom is meant to create space for content and meaningful conversations in the humanities and beyond. In the current craze of 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 key text that is distributed beforehand to all participants.

speculation & fabulation – critique in the SF mode 

We want to look at the theory and diverse forms of science fiction, reinvesting in imagination and speculation as crucial affective-critical tools for our present. The meetings are held at Casco, Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht, and Utrecht University.

Session One: Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 / Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 at Casco 

This first session is part of a workshop by Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni on Guattari’s unfilmed sci-fi screenplay Un Amour d’UIQ entitled: UIQ in LOVE_A Love of UIQ : Between Translation and Transduction, held at Casco on 13 and 14 Dec 2014. As one element of the workshop, ReadingRoom will close-read parts of Félix Guattari's Chaosmosis.

Saturday, 18.30-20.00
Félix Guattari's Chaosmosis, ch 1 On the production of subjectivity
(the workshop with seeance starts at 17.00 and continues, film screening and dinner, from 20.00-22.00)

Sunday, 11.00-12.30
Félix Guattari's Chaosmosis, ch 6 The new aesthetic paradigms
(lunch and the workshop with seeance continues from 12.30-15.00)

Session Two: Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 at Casco

Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood (vol 1) (with Melanie Gilligan)

The meeting is linked to artist Melanie Gilligan’s exhibition The Common Sense, a sci-fi mini-series which looks at how minds, bodies, and interpersonal relations are shaped by technological advancements within capitalism. The mini-series is presented sequentially in exhibitions at Casco, Utrecht, De Hallen Haarlem, and de Appel art centre Amsterdam. Please see for more information on the exhibitions.

Session Three: Tuesday, 3 March 2015 at Casco

Stanislaw Lem

Reading(s) to be specified

Session Four: Friday, 1 May 2015 at Utrecht University, room tba

Hélène Cixous/Clarice Lispector (with Marcus Coelen & Oliver Precht)

Reading(s) to be specified

This ReadingRoom is the Utrecht dependance of a seminar taught at LMU Munich on Cixous and Lispector by Marcus Coelen, Birgit M. Kaiser and Oliver Precht in June 2015.



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