Of Animacy Reading Group
Precarity & Precariousness
 
EVENT
 
18 May 2019, 2–4pm
 
EVENT
18 May 2019, 2–4pm
Dust storm in Alaska captured by Aqua/MODIS on Nov. 17, 2013 at 21:45 UTC. Creator: NASA Goddard
Of Animacy Reading Group convenes at Obsidian Coast to discuss theorist Isabell Lorey's articulation of all life as inherently interdependent and therefore precarious.


Arguing that Western liberal democracy is built upon a sustained attempt to keep the precariousness of life at bay, she describes how the lives of some are protected at the expense of others, who again are forced into the position of perpetual precarity.

Reading: Isabell Lorey, ‘Precariousness and Precarity’ & ‘Biopolitical Governmentality’, State of Insecurity: Government of the Precarious (Verso, 2015)

For access to the text and further information on the reading group, please email nella(a)nellaaarne.art.

Reading the selected text in advance is recommended but not necessary. Printed copies will be available at the gathering and excerpts of the text will be read together to support open discussion.

OF ANIMACY READING GROUP
Led by curator Nella Aarne, Of Animacy Reading Group thinks through feminist engagements with human and nonhuman agents in the material world, spanning philosophy and natural and human sciences. The readings and discussions continue to meander through a multiplicity of concepts and ways of thinking, building a vibrant web of ideas – the shape and character of which is organically unfolding over time. The gatherings foster collective unpacking of selected texts and learning through open dialogue in a democratic space, with an aim to recognise and envisage vital alliances for our daily life and political thought. Always open to all, Of Animacy Reading Group has gathered at the ICA in London since 2017.

Of Animacy Reading Group