Facilitated by Gina Badger and cheyanne turions
No Reading After the Internet has invited FUSE to co-present their November salon, which will feature research material from FUSE’s upcoming issue. Through group reading and discussion, we will consider the current “Occupy” movement in relation to colonial dynamics in Canada.
Image Credit: October 17, 2011 in St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada. Photograph by Flickr user ryPix. Creative Commons Attribution license.
No Reading After the Internet is an opportunity to gather and read a text aloud in hopes that it might provoke theoretical illumination on particular art works, or the broader scope within which such work exists. This program departs from Cineworks’s Thought on Film series. Whilst still very interested in cinema, the focus of this incarnation is softened to accommodate the broad (and ever expanding) scope of media art.
Though the idea of a reading group isn’t new (consider Rainer Ganahl’s Reading Karl Marx and Kristina Lee Podesva’s D&G Reading Group Or How Do You Make Yourself a Body without Colours?), No Reading nonetheless poses itself as a space for experimental learning and discussion. Simply put, we are suspicious of our own reading abilities, and the extent to which our readings are conversant with one another. No Reading means to offer a space within which to retrace the steps used in constructing understanding, productively challenging individual and collective ways through the realms of language and interpretation. To participate in No Reading is to invoke an exuberant not-knowing, seeking out moments of collective illumination. The strategies we have at our disposal are twofold: through the yoking of our discussion to a text; and inducing conversation, where possible, between text and specific, local, contemporaneous exhibitions and happenings.
Participation in No Reading After the Internet is free and open to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with a text or its author. Texts will be handed out at the salon. No pre-reading or research is required.
No Reading After the Internet is a project of the collective efforts of Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk, Alexander Muir and cheyanne turions.