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07.2017 #2




In the previous session, we read Hannah Arendt in relation to public and private space and ideas around democracy and citizenship. We contrasted her ideas of vita activa (active life) and vita contemplativa (contemplative life), to the concept of poverty of philosophy introduce by Karl Marx, and the Greek notion of politics in public and private space, democracy, citizenship and state. 

Following Arendt’s idea of political life and human as a social animal, we will move to Eva Cherniavsky’s book Neocitizenship: Political Culture After Democracy. She describes the current state of citizenship with neoliberal hegemony as:

“…the complex of phenomena we generally describe as “neoliberalism” (state-subsidized market “freedoms” supporting an ever more comprehensive enclosure of the commons; the massive reorganization of public and private domains, including the outsourcing of state functions to private corporations and proliferating, non-state agencies of governance) proceeds in tandem with the eclipse of a disciplinary society, oriented toward the internalization of common sensibilities and foundational beliefs as the condition of civic belonging. Neoliberalism abandons the historical project of the bourgeois nation-state, in other words, that entailed norming mass political sentiment and cultivating broad identification with the aims of the ruling faction(s). ”

Following the conversation of contemporary migration, human movement and precarity, we move pass the classical argument of sovereignty of nation-state, and civic society in relation to neoliberalism. Cherniavsky describes this situation as following:

“…we may anticipate that neoliberalism displaces not only the nation-state synthesis, but also the particular articulation of sovereign to disciplinary power that this synthesis both provokes and enables. How readily such an analytic—wrought in the theoretical consideration of something called “the modern nation-state”—illuminates the situation of any specific (post)modern nation-state is a question about the reach of neoliberalism, the depth and speed to which it penetrates the nations and regions of the world, as well as the uneven interactions of neoliberal agents and policies with established and eroding local formations”


Reading materials:

  1. Eva Cherniavsky – Neocitizenship: Political Culture After Democracy (Introduction + chapter I)

Supplementary Reading:

  1. Sara Ahmed – A phenomenology of whiteness (Essay)
  2. Karl Marx’s Capital, Vol. 1, Chapter 10

Link to Download


: Friday 28.07.2017, 19:00 – 21:00

[Helsinki] Address: Ex-club (Merimiehenkatu 36, 00150 Helsinki, Finland) Call 0417537605 to get in


(Photo from Red May exhibition in Helsinki)



Gathering and conversation.

Date: Sunday 23.07.2017, 18:00 – 21:00
[Berlin] Address: Kuva Residency, (Brunnenstraße 45, 10115 Berlin)


If you would like to join, just come in (free and open to all, feel free to bring friends).
You don’t need to read all the materials in order to be there.
There will be no group-reading-out-load at the meeting. There will be only conversations and socializing.

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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 materials in topics regarding contemporary art studies, politics, philosophy, criticism, etc.
Feel free to bring your friends.

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