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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Reading Group: Martin Heidegger – Being and Time

We’re about to start a new reading group, all new and old members welcome

Reading Group
Book: Division 1 of Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
Location: Auckland Central Library, Te Marama Room,
Level 1, 44 – 46 Lorne St, Auckland CBD (far corner behind the Level 1 assistance desk)
Fortnightly, Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 pm
Begins 8 April, 2015

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”

In the book Heidegger set himself the task of the “destruction” of the philosophical tradition, inventing new terminology and ways of thinking stating that “our aim in the following treatise is to work out the question of the sense of being and to do so concretely.”

Heidegger, himself is not unproblematic, one of a number of German philosophers who joined the Nazi Party, he never explicitly renounced National Socialism. The recent publication of his Black Notebooks has underscored Heidegger’s embrace of anti semitic attitudes and reignited the debate on the value of his work.

Click here to get the schedule

About the reading group:
The reading group: is open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks. We will be reading and discussing specific sections each fortnight moving through the book. The group is facilitated by Melissa Laing [melissa at] who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.

Enter 2015

We’re at the beginning of 2015 and we’ve got some great plans for the year. We’re currently developing a series of monthly talks and discussions on ideas of self determination, the first taking place on February 18 revisiting and refining the kaupapa of the free university movement and the Aotearoa Free University / University Without Conditions.

We’ll be continuing our reading group, moving on to a new text in the next month which is always an opportunity for new people to join us in reading and discussing.

More information on both of these will be up soon.

A paper on performance art, audience agency and telling people what’s going to happen

In December 2014 Performance Ethics Working Group lead researcher Melissa Laing gave a conference paper at the Cultural Studies Association Australasia conference about how harm is constructed in performance art and to whom: the artist, the audience, institutions and the work itself. The conference took place at the University of Wollongong and also featured a launch of the Para-academic Handbook published by Hammer On Press and a multi day session on activism. You can listen to a recording of the conference paper by clicking here: Continue reading

Luce Irigaray – The Speculum of the Other Woman reading group

The reading group will begin on the 12th of November

Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray was first published in 1974 in French. Originally a student of the Jacques Lacan, after the publication of Speculum of the Other Woman Irigaray lost her university appointment at the prompting of Lacan himself. The book has been described as one of the most important works in feminist theory to have been published in this generation. In it Irigaray argues that for the profession of psychoanalysis female sexuality has remained a “dark continent,” unfathomable and unapproachable; its nature can only be misunderstood by those who continue to regard women in masculine terms.

Next reading group

We’re coming to the end of After Finitude, a interesting and mentally challenging foray into speculative materialism. This Wednesday is the last meeting. We’re now at the end of book point where we cast around for the next book. If you’ve got a philosophy or critical theory book you really want to read with a group of people to help you through it then contact us with a suggestion or recommendation.