27 January 2018, 10am – 5pm

      Open Reading Group #1

      ELLE (elke van campenhout)
      If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam
    2. **The Open Reading Group is fully booked**

      On Saturday 27 January, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution will host its first Open Reading Group for the current programme VII (2017–2018), Social Movement. For this we have invited artistic researcher, experimental performer, and body practitioner ELLE (elke van campenhout) to lead the session. For the day we will read Giorgio Agamben's 'Movement' (2005), Judith Butler's 'Rethinking Vulnerability in Resistance' (2016), and Shannon Jackson's 'Working Publics' (2011).

      This session will take place at the If I Can't Dance office at Westerdok 606-608, Amsterdam from 10am – 5pm. The session is free and lunch is provided.

      To sign-up to participate and receive the reading materials, please write to Anik Fournier via af@ificantdance.org. Space is limited.

      This session also marks a transition in the operation of If I Can't Dance's Reading Group. The Reading Group has always been the backbone for the curatorial research into the field of inquiry of each biannual programme. Instead of the monthly gathering, the Reading Group now has two parallel ways of operating. First, the If I Can’t Dance team has developed an ongoing reading practice that underscores its role within curatorial work. Every two weeks the team makes a selection of texts related to its current productions and meets to discuss these in closed sessions, embedding the practice of reading and conversation within the day-to-day operations of If I Can’t Dance and the development of its projects with artists and researchers. These texts will be documented in a bibliography, available here, which will be updated regularly so that interested readers can follow along.

      Second, the Reading Group will open to the public twice a year for more intense working sessions in which specific questions and areas of struggle will be presented and unpacked through collective reflection. Similar to the Open Reading Groups in previous years, the intention is to broaden the field of what is considered text, and to experiment with forms of reading together by finding ways to explore the material both discursively and in embodied ways. Artists or guest contributors will occasionally be invited to lead a session.

      If I Can't Dance,
      I Don't Want to Be Part of
      Your Revolution