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Poethical Readings: Intuiting the Political with Denise Ferreira da Silva and Valentina Desideri

Thursday 9 July – Friday 10 July 2015

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What if, instead of providing a resolution, a direct answer, or a definite interpretation, a reading helped us to navigate the complex reality, its different positions, relationships and layers that also constitute us? Every reading exposes possibilities, reveals blockages and shifts perspectives. Beyond the principles of non-contradiction and identity, readings design a space where multiple articulations of situations and events coexist without the imposition of a single meaning or direction.

Drawing from each other's practices Denise Ferreira da Silva and Valentina Desideri come together for experimental readings. They experiment with 'reading tools' inspired by well-known and newly-designed practices – such as the Tarots, Political Therapy, Palmistry, Fake Therapy as well as Reiki, Astrology and Philosophy. Relying on the kind of knowing that Walter Benjamin calls mimetic (intuitive) faculty and Carl G Jung associative thinking, these tools assemble a reading or an image. Reading as imaging, in their practice, consists in an assembling that exposes and navigates the complex context constituting the situation, event or problem that concerns a person or collective at a given moment and place. As such, it aims at expanding the horizon of interpretation, that is, to open up possibilities and unsettle realities.

How does it work? Each session, attended by an individual or small group (5 people maximum), will last for about 30 minutes. There is no need to come with a well-defined question. For 'the question' can also come up during an initial reading and it can be further narrowed or expanded when addressed by other tools.

Commissioned by How to work together (a shared programme between Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire) for the Think Tank 2015-16, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

For the bookable Poethical Reading Sessions:

FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 9 July:
Session 1 10.15-11am
Session 2 11.15am-12pm
Session 3 1.15-2pm
Session 4 2.15-3pm
Session 5 3.15-4pm

Friday 10 July:
Session 1 10.15-11am
Session 2 11.15am-12pm

Each session can be booked by an individual or small group (5 people max). To book please contact [email protected] or on 020 7724 4300.

The person or group should come to the session with a political question to be read. A 'political question' is any problem, issue, or situation that has a political dimension and that is experienced directly by the person. There is no need to come with a well-defined question. For 'the question' can also come up during an initial reading and it can be further narrowed or expanded when addressed by other tools. It may be something that bothers or preoccupies you, regardless of whether it is primarily lived out on a practical, personal, ideological, conceptual or existential level.

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