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54 Results for Writing | Reading

Across a number of Arika events Writing and Reading have been key practices with numerous iterations. As a way in here are a few highlighted events: Fred Moten’s reading of his poems at Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Amiri Baraka and Henry Grimes’s poetry and double bass duo and Evan Calder Williams’ talk about horror and darkness.

A diagram representing a tarot reading with lines and writing
16 April 2015
Tramway

Poethical Readings/Intuiting the Political

Denise Ferreira da Silva Valentina Desideri

Four intimate 45 minute sessions, readings of your political questions – using Tarot, Palmistry, Reiki, Astrology, and Philosophy, and the invented methods of Fake and Political Therapy.

Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives
An old photograph of a group looking direct to camera
26 September 2014
Tramway

Waywardness

Saidiya Hartman

A socio-poetic reading on wayward communities – The wayward create upheavals, incite tumult. They come and go as they please; they are fugitive; they are in open rebellion against society.

Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way
A panel of four folks sit as one wearing a dark jacket and specs speaks
18 April 2014
The New School

Literary Reflections of Ballroom

Various Artists

A celebration of the release of four books written by members of, and focused on about the House and Ballroom scene.

Master Ballstar Weekend
Amiri Baraka reads poetry at a mic and Henry Grimes plays a double bass bass
21 April 2013
Tramway

WordMusic

Amiri Baraka Henry Grimes

A dialogical meeting of Baraka’s radical poetry and Grimes’ free jazz syncopation.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Fred Moten in a black and red shirt prepares for a discussion
21 April 2013
Tramway

Fred Moten – Chat

Fred Moten

In many ways, this Episode is our attempt to engage with Fred’s incredible writing: with his proposal that all black performance (culture, politics, sexuality, identity, and blackness itself) is improvisation.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
A medium shot black & white portrait of Sonia Sanchez, head leaning on hand
21 April 2013
Tramway

Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez

A poet, playwright and activist, Sanchez emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, writing in the name of black culture, civil rights and women’s liberation.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
A portrait of Fred Moten wearing sunglasses and a cheeky smile
19 April 2013
Tramway

Fred Moten – Reading

Fred Moten

African American history, avant-garde jazz riffs and activism intertwine in experimental verse of extraordinary and affecting beauty that has to be heard.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
A survey is a process of listening
2 – 6 May 2012
Whitney Museum of American Art

A survey is a process of listening

A performative survey of listening, as we managed to find it being used as a tool in different practices, disciplines and communities in North America (music, poetry, film, philosophy, activism…).

A medieval woodcut of the cosmos with the sun, stars and heavens
5 May 2012
Whitney Museum of American Art

Cosmic Pessimism

Eugene Thacker

A performed lecture concerned with Renaissance occult (musical) thinkers of the cosmic who put forward the notion of the “disharmony of the world”

A survey is a process of listening
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2 May 2012
Whitney Museum of American Art

A Handbook of Protocols for Literary Listening

Craig Dworkin Vanessa Place

Craig will give a guided reading of his handbook of exemplary instances of literary listening and will be joined by one of the selected authors, Vanessa Place.

A survey is a process of listening
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26 February 2012
Tramway

Cosmic Pessimism

Eugene Thacker

A chat with Eugene Thacker. Can we rethink the world as unthinkable, and without us?

Episode 2: A Special Form of Darkness