[spectre] Read & Repair - The Automated Body feat. Katarina Jazbec & MELT (Loren Britton + Isabel Paehr)

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Mon Jun 21 23:27:27 CEST 2021

Read & Repair - The Automated Body feat. Katarina Jazbec & MELT (Loren Britton + Isabel Paehr)
at Varia, Charlois Rotterdam (NL)

Date: Sunday, 27th June 2021
Time: 11:00-13:00 CEST (READ)
14:00-16:00 CEST (REPAIR)
Physical Location for READ: Gouwstraat 3, and then we go to the park next to Varia
Online Location for REPAIR: https://bbb.constantvzw.org/b/cri-yp7-stj-8oc

Invitation to an in-person collective reading session with Katarina Jazbec,and an online repair session Rituals against Barriers by MELT

The text selection and our reading choreography in June was made by artist Katarina Jazbec. This Read session will be overflown with no bullshit tales on living and dying together on damaged earth. How are we to live in the ruins with the dead and the living? Arundhati Roy’s ghost vultures and Anjum, a Muslim Hijra, in her opening chapter of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and The Camille Stories in the closing chapter of the Staying with the Trouble by Donna J. Haraway, speculative fabulations, will render us capable of response in disturbing times. Be careful, to read about and follow the five future generations of Camille People and the Monarch Butterflies, until the year 2425 when human numbers are largely reduced, even if coated in the context of science fiction, is not an innocent undertaking. Before you know it you’ll be deep down your knees in the compost.

The Repair session of this theme is hosted by arts-design researchers MELT. For this repair session we will work with and around the project Rituals against Barriers by MELT which is inspired by the multiple practices of survival in the face of oppression which take the form of ritual practice. Rituals can invite a stepping away from whatever normativities and can allow entry into practices such as: Refusing to ignore a feeling, refusing to not listen to your body because doing so would make apparent the ableism of any space, refusing to speed up even if that is the normalised tempo. Rituals can be moments of joy, of refusal, collective practice, of uncomfort and unlearning. Rituals are often a pathologized aspect of a lived disability experience (what makes something a ritual and not a habit?). One example of this is stimming, the repetition of movements or sounds that one finds calming or joyful. In this repair session we will practice some pre-described rituals from the project and be prompted to invent new ones as ways of finding access into spaces, places, feelings and technologies.

Link for further information:

Read & Repair is a monthly workshop series coming out of Varia, a space for developing collective approaches to everyday technology.

During May and June 2021, we will be exploring the theme The Automated Body.
How can we read our bodies? With self-reflective modes of reading and moving we will reconsider our bodies and their actions towards texts and our physical environment.
We will discuss labour and movements that cannot be automated, in a machine controlled world.


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