8 May 2020
17:00 - 19:00
Reading Room: Plastic Hypersea
Framer Framed and the Nomadic Reading Room invite you to join our new online series of events, in the face of the COVID-19 lockdown. On Friday 8 May we will host a second session of the online Reading Room: Plastic Hypersea co-curated and led by Sissel Marie Tonn and Alexis Shotwell.
During the first session, with guest reader Dani Admiss, we discussed the concept of purity politics from Shotwell’s recent book Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times. In this Reading Room, we will turn to think about toxicity, pollution, immune response, and the politics of ‘cure’. We’ll start with Eli Clare’s vital work on the contradictions of ‘cure’ – the deeply held and intertwined beliefs that some bodies, minds, and environments are damaged or broken and need to be fixed, alongside the fact that some transformations are not livable or desired. How can we fight environmental destruction without leveraging anti-disability rhetoric or practices? How can we focus on cure without aiming to eradicate that which cannot, or does not want to be, cured? We’ll then turn to a discussion of Mel Chen’s gorgeous considerations of ‘immunity nationalism’, toxicity, interdependence, chemical intimacy, fragility, and queerness. We’ll ask what space we might open as curators and artists for holding the contradictions and seductions of ontological multiplicities.
The title of the reading room refers to the concept by Mark and Dianna McMenamin called the ‘hypersea’, which is the vast mass of living cells interconnected across bodies and environments through water. This inner ocean is increasingly becoming polluted by microplastic particles, but the title also refers to plasticity as it is used in neuroscience – it is possible for us to change our habits, entrainments and cultural traditions. How can the concept of being connected e.g. through our shared hypersea give a new sense of embodied/ecological awareness?
????? ??????: Alexis Shotwell
????: Excerpts from Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure (2017) by Eli Clare and Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (2012) by Mel Y. Chen.
As spots are limited, we ask that you sign up in advance to receive the texts and meeting links: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is FREE and in English and will be recorded for our online programing.
About The Reading Room
The Reading Room emerged as an event series taking place bi-monthly at Stroom Den Haag between 2015-2018, and was organised by Jonathan Reus, Sissel Marie Tonn and Flora Reznik. Currently it exists as a nomadic format, shape-shifting into new contexts where collective study might provide useful insights.