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02.2018 #2

The next reading group will focus on the complications of the paradox of safety, and organized or governmental security, intelligence and surveillance. It is a good time to continue the debate on ‘Necropolitics’, after this week’s incident at Kiasma (Helsinki Contemporary Art Museum), where a group of artists was not allowed to perform due to an unidentified security threat. Link  And here is the artists’ collective statement about the event.

In Kiasma’s response to the incident and artist’s protest, (artists who were mostly minority, asylum-seekers and migrants) they showed that they have difficulty in dealing with racism. Responding to these issues requires; an understanding of how racism operates in each particular societal context? what are the implications of lack of representation? How safety and security should be implemented based on representation and privileges? and finally what is the role of an institution in transferring these issues to the public with transparency, for political and educational purposes? 

As its commonly known, the term asylum-seeker refers to someone who has fled a certain situation (war, slavery, environmental conflicts, etc.). Safety is embedded in the definition of ‘asylum-seeker’ or ‘refugee’ rather than ‘migrant’. Migration can occur for a verity of reasons, such as economic hardship, hunger, marriage etc. Connecting to last week’s conversation, we talked about sovereignty of the body and state, in relation to Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control, and touched on topics such as anxiety and suicide in works of figures such as Georges Bataille, Carl Schmitt, Michel Foucault and Judith Butler. 




Socialize This! with Red May Seattle 22.02.2018,
Pure Party Helsinki 23.02.2018,
Schuller Judit Flóra: Memory Theatre Budapest, Hungary 23.02.2018



Reading materials:

  1. Chantal Mouffe, Artistic Activism and Agonistic Spaces
  2. Judith Butler, Beside Oneself: On the Limits of Sexual Autonomy

Supplementary Reading:

  1. Don Mitchell, Against Safety, Against Security: Reinvigorating Urban Life, (Excerpt from: The Right to the City Chapter 9)
  2. Achille Mbembe, Provisional Notes on the Postcolony
  3. Capital Vol. I,  Part 6: Wages (Chapter 19-22)

Link to Download texts (Changing each time)


Date: Friday 23.02.2018, 17:00 – 19:00
Address: Ex-Club (Merimiehenkatu 36) Call 0417537605 to get in


(Photo: Antero Mentu & Perfo PhiloSuva Suva at Myymälä2 Gallery, Image credit: Sirkku Niskanen)


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We are open to collaboration and joint projects. The reading conversations are usually carried on collectively. We are not reading the selected texts during the meetings, but focusing on the conversation about the subject. The topic of each month’s reading varies based on the collective interest. We are reading books, essays, and other materials in topics regarding contemporary art studies, politics, philosophy, criticism, poetry, etc. If you would like to join, just come in (free and open to all).
Feel free to bring your friends.