Study sessions in March and April 2018
ReadingRoom is a local Terra Critica practice in collaboration with Casco in Utrecht. ReadingRoom’s current iteration is inspired by the recent project-exhibition The Library of Unread Books by Heman Chong and Renée Staal. Starting with mountains as a theme, the upcoming meetings continue their exploration of the p/re/distribution of knowledge, and practices of un/learning habits, behavior, and thought. The sessions to follow will deal with waste and time. Over a close and careful study of select readings, together we ask how we can un/learn our relations with these phenomena and tell other stories about them.
As geoformations, mountains have been linked to the divine or sublime, societies of specialized economies, sites of refuge and inhabitation and ecosystems defined by altitudinal zonation. They are also understood as a natural resource reduced to mere matter for mining and mountain-top removal. Given these different legacies, is it possible to p/re/distribute our knowledges of mountains differently? To un/learn ourselves with, from, and for them, to make way for different perspectives and commoning in the anthropocene?
Readings for the next session on mountains will be shared upon registration and include:
- Etel Adnan, Journey to Mount Tamalpais, The Post-Apollo Press, 1986, pp. 9-23; 51-63
- Michael Marder, “On the Mountains, or the Aristocracies of Space,” Environment, Space, Place 4(2), 2012, pp. 63-74
- Marisol de la Cadena, “Mariano’s Cosmopolitics: Between Lawyers and Ausangate” and “Ethnographic Cosmopolitics” in Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds, Duke University Press, 2015, pp. 91-116; 273-286
To register, please email Terra Critica by Monday, 19 March 2018. Readings will be supplied to all attendees. Please indicate in your email whether you’d like to join the vegan dinner, for which we ask a contribution of €10.
Posthumanist Conversations is an activity of posthumanist.net, an autonomous not-for-profit community of posthumanist practitioners that meets monthly at Casco, as often as possible elsewhere – and online. The theme of their fifth conversation is trust.
These group gatherings are comprised of thinkers, writers, artists, and scientists interested in a different way of being in the world. Posthumanist Conversations use a unique method of conversation which allows you to participate just by listening, or to speak for as long as you like.
To register for the Posthumanist Conversations meeting on Sunday, 25 March, please email Lara van Osch. If you are joining, you are kindly invited to bring a snack to share. Curious for more information? Visit the website.
Center for Ecological (Un)learning (CEU) is a new initiative between The Outsiders and Casco to build an institutional practice of ecology and art. The first official phase of this collaborative endeavor is Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use), a project taking place at an established but dilapidated farmhouse in Leidsche Rijn, a sprawling new residential neighborhood in the city of Utrecht. The farmhouse, once part of a large tract of farmland, is located by the Terwijde shopping mall and train station, both of which are named after the farm. In 2018, CEU initiates Erfgoed by temporarily inhabiting the farmhouse and drawing inspiration from the many questions and stories that surround it. Why is the farmhouse empty? Where has the farm relocated? If the farms in the area are gone, then where does the food for the residents of Leidsche Rijn come from? The Erfgoed project opens by asking the community, What are the future possibilities of this farmhouse and how can “we” – in common – make it happen? An initial premise of openness is a way to investigate ecological practice that our highly urbanized and industrialized societies urgently need to engage with.
Opening weekend: Friday, 30 March to Sunday, 1 April 2018, from 12 until dusk daily
Location: Louis Armstronglaan 412, Leidsche Rijn (opposite Station Utrecht Terwijde)
For more information about Erfgoed and/or CEU, please contact Dohee Lee.