On Wednesday 20 April, we will continue the semi-public sessions of our ongoing Reading Group, which is currently focused on the research field of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016).
In this second meeting, we will read a text by the artist Paul Chan entitled ‘A Time Apart’ (2010), that was originally published in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Greater New York at MoMA and PS1. The reading of Chan’s text comes as a recommendation from our last reading group, and the discussion that arose around the two types of time in ancient Greece: chronos and kiaros. On the evening we will also consider chronos and kairos as they have appeared in visual representations.
Alongside this text, we will read the essay ‘The Octopus in Love’ (2014) by Chus Martinez, which was published in e-flux journal #55, and which was a point of reference for the close of our previous Edition V — Appropriation and Dedication (2013–2014), and the development of our current Edition VI — Event and Duration (2015–2016). In her essay, Martinez challenges institutional conventions by asking us to imagine a rainforest in a white cube and the de-centralized nervous system of an octopus, as calls to ‘become life’.
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