Reading Group #02 | THAT THINGY!? On Being Transcorporeal Bodies in the Digital Age
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About the Event
Reading Group #02
ON BEING TRANSCORPOREAL BODIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE
curated by Claudia Contu
special guest Angiet Chen
In response to: So remember the liquid ground by Agnieszka Brzeżańska
We are pleased to invite you to the second session of the Reading Group.
Constituting a fundamental part of our Public Program, the activity of the Reading Group is based on themes, books and texts, which inspired our research or those of the artists participating in our Exhibition Program.
The online event, curated by Claudia Contu, will take place on 8th April at 2PM (CET) via eastcontemporary’s Zoom Platform and it will be the second session of the reading group/workshop in response to our current exhibition 'So remember the liquid ground' by Agnieszka Brzeżańska.
The second session of the reading group will address its themes in the following order:
- Our (re)cognition of non-human agency;
- Convergences in the digital realm e.g water enters the stock market; 3D printed fillet steaks;
- The transterritorial, multi-level kinds of entanglements between humans and matter.
The reading group/workshop is meant for participants who are curious about these topics and are keen to exchange opinions and thoughts. No prior knowledge in theory is needed, as we will be learning about it from each other throughout this event.
In preparation for the reading group, we ask participants to select a “thingy” that they are willing to bring particular attention to during the reading group — this could be an object, a plant, banana peels, an outdated digital device, body fluids, anything. On this occasion, participants will not need to read a text in advance. The chosen text will be read collectively during the session. Please, be aware that this session will be recorded.
After the event, there will be an informal virtual ‘after drinks’ gathering where we could continue any unattended topic or just to have casual chats. This will not be recorded.
SS. Alaimo, ‘Maps of Transits’ pp. 253-259 in ‘Trans-corporeal feminisms and the ethical space of nature’ part of S. Alaimo and S. Hekman (eds.), Material Feminisms. Indiana University Press, 2008.
Claudia Contu (she/her) is a curator of contemporary art and writer. Her research is driven by queer desire, contemporary myth-making and the interplay of human and non-human forces in society. She creates autofiction that responds to virtual intimacy and violence as found in her digital movements across time zones. Her writings have recently appeared on Super Effective and ATP Diary. Claudia is co-founder of SLANT Projects, a digital platform for transdisciplinary collaboration amongst queer artists and researchers. Since 2016, she has curated exhibitions and events in London, Munich and Milan in collaboration with galleries and non-profit organisations. www.claudiacontu.com
Angiet Chen (they/them) is a former architect and an artist-director currently working on their ‘Queer Kidneys’ series, a cinematographic piece on the threshold ecologies alongside the Jingmei River banks in Taipei, Taiwan. They practice storytelling and placemaking to address bodies of trauma, the structures of collectives, and the environmental entanglements between the two. They use VR, 3D and blockchain technologies as mediums. Their works take the shape of immersive experiences, indie-games, videos & films as well as curatorial programmes and workshops. Angiet holds an MRes degree in Fine Arts and Humanities at the Royal College of Art in London.
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