Living, Making Together 2: potluck series

Do you have something to share around the ideas of livelihood, how we relate to each other and other beings on this planet, and forms of self-organisation? It could be a reading, a story, body exercises, a game, a drawing activity, a walk, something to touch and be passed around. Ideas, suggestions for activities most welcome. Email xin [at] makeshifting.net

We are planning a continuation of the earlier series Living, making, together, except each gathering will feature two or three hosts, each bringing something to share (20 minutes of activity and some snacks), followed by discussion. We will start on Monday 12 September 6pm and go for 5 weeks (till October 10).

The sharing will respond to and ramble from the previous gatherings. The discussion will focus on working out ways that the ideas can be practice in our daily lives, to try things out before dismissing them.

The gathering will take place at WG building, AUT, through this exploring how we might reclaim spaces for public use. Meet 6pm at NewsFeed Cafe. Entrance to WG Building and the NewsFeed Cafe can be found in the pedestrianised area between Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy Place.  http://osm.org/go/uuVhPgPLb?m=

Bring your own cup for tea and eating implements.

The gatherings are open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks. We will be reading, tasting and experiencing an unexpected mixture each week, and experimenting with how we can use them in our daily lives. The group is facilitated by Xin Cheng xin [at] makeshifting.net who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.

On Conversation

The Performance Ethics Working Group is pleased to announce a new research initiative ‘On Conversation’ focussing on the specific aesthetic, ethical and social/political aspects of conversation in contemporary art. The first part of this research will take place alongside the exhibition Share/Cheat/Unite at Te Tuhi during September 2016.

Read more about it here

Living, making, together

We’re currently planning a new series, five gatherings exploring ideas around livelihood, how we relate to each other and other beings on this planet, and forms of self-organisation. They will start on Monday June 20 and go for 5 weeks (27 June, 4, 11 & 18 July)

We will take bites off these books as starting points for the discussions:

  • Week 1 – Kyohei Sakaguchi: Build Your Own Independent Nation (Chapter 3: Trade by Expression, with Attitude Your Currency, download here) Optional homework: bring an example of attitude economy from your daily life to share next week.
  • Week 2 – Charles Eisenstein: Sacred Economics, Introduction. (Optional text from the same author: Disruption, from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible)
  • Week 3 – David Abram: Becoming Animal http://wildethics.org/essay/key-quotes-from-becoming-animal-an-earthly-cosmology/ (download the full text in epub here, or pdf here)
  • Week 4 – Discussion on stories and threads across the previous three readings and Charles Eisenstein: Disruption, from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (Note: one-offspecial location at WG building, AUT, meet 6pm at NewsFeed Cafe)
  • Week 5 – Tim Ingold: Making, Chapter 7: Bodies on the Run (download a pdf here)
    George Monbiot: Rewilding, Chapter 2: The Wild Hunt (download the chapter in pdf here, or the whole book in epub here)

The discussions will take place in RM’s lovely reading room on the first floor of 3 Samoa House Lane, Auckland. To get to it you have to go around the back via Beresford St, down Samoa House Lane and up one flight of stairs. All the sessions will start at 6:00 pm and run for an hour and a half.

The gatherings are open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks. We will be reading, discussing and experiencing specific sections each week, and experimenting how we can use them in our daily lives. The group is facilitated by Xin Cheng [xin at makeshifting.net] who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.

Xin Cheng would like to acknowledge the support from New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) for the “research and doing” tour in Japan, which enabled the encounter with Sakaguchi’s text.

Undercommons

“when we say that we organize in the shadow of the university, we mean that we organize with those who have been used and abused by the university-as-such: students and workers of color who endure institutional racism while having their images used in the name of diversity; precariously employed adjunct faculty who must rely on social or communal assistance for survival; exploited graduate teaching fellows still urged to play the rigged academic game; custodial and food services staff who are treated as disposable in patriarchal and racist divisions of labor; so-called “dropouts” who’ve been ejected from the university because they can’t stand its discipline; students and former students who will be haunted by debt for decades; and organizers who educate, study, and research outside and in spite of the university’s present configurations.”

https://roarmag.org/essays/undercommoning-collective-university-education/

Being and Time, Martin Heidegger, Division 2 commencing June 8

We’re planning our foray into the second division of Being and Time, with a start date of 8 June at Auckland Central Library, Te Marama Room 6 – 7:30 pm. We will read the book over 6 fortnights. For a full schedule click here

Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit, Being and Time is one of the significant philosophical texts of the 20th Century. First published in 1927, the book has exerted a huge influence on both philosophy, and other areas as diverse as architecture, contemporary art, social and political theory, psychotherapy, psychiatry and theology. Hubert Dreyfuss* described Being and Time as “both a systematization of the existential insights of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and a radicalization of Husserl’s phenomenological account of intentionality.”

Last year we read Division 1 over 7 fortnights.

Isabelle Stengers Cosmopolitics I

The first reading group of 2016 will focus on the initial three volumes of Isabelle Stenger’s Cosmopolitics which were published in English in 2010.

Cosmopolitics explores the role and authority of science in modern societies and the ways it defines and claims objectivity, rationality, and truth. It neither accepts nor dismisses the claims of either philosophy or science rather it works to “renew our definition of what it is ‘to belong’ or ’to pertain’ to the world by diving deep into the sciences in order to extract their hidden cosmopolitcs” (Bruno Latour).

Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics I, Trans Robert Bononno, 2010

The reading group takes place fortnightly on either Wednesday  6 – 7:30 pm starting in Albert Park and moving indoors as the weather cools, commencing on February 17.

For a full schedule and more information click here

New Reading Group: Experimental Fiction

We’re about to start a new reading series, this time exploring four experimental novels ranging from post colonial literature to theoretical horror. The four books are Sembene Ousmane’s, Xala (1974), Renata Adler’s Speedboat (1976), Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia (2008) and Vanessa Place’s Statement of Facts (2008). All of the books are known for their exploration of the socio-political context they are situated in and their experimentation with literary form.

Read more about the reading group here. We will start on September 3, 6 – 7:30 pm at Room Gallery on K’rd.

The indescription of a beginning – An invitation to a discussion – A (re)shaping of the Free University Aotearoa

An open discussion forum

Thursday 30 April, 6 – 7:30 pm
Audio Foundation
Sub-Basement of the Parisian Tie Factory,
4 Poynton Terrace (Off Pitt St or behind St Kevins Arcade)
Auckand Central

All we have is a time and a place, an open and malleable space where we might begin. A space we would call free, gratis, open to all, and with nothing asked of anyone, but open to the possibility of participation. Which is to say that the Free University is free, libre, without conditions, beyond  constraints and guided by nothing more than this simple and forever negating constant that is, only in so far as it is not.

So, we ask you to join with us in beginning, what has already been begun multiple times, but is constantly being reformed. We ask you to join with us in a discussion that will map and remap a new kaupapa for this iteration of the Free University.

It will begin with some short provocations from us – ideas around education, research, decolonisation, and subversion of power
From there, we invite you to join with us in discussing our present and the radical possibilities of change that something like a Free University makes visible.

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