Marginalia Reading Group #4 with V2_

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    Marginalia #4

    Hosted by Baltan Laboratories and V2_


    For this Marginalia gathering, we work together with V2_. On November 18, from 18:30 – 21:00 we will discuss The Earthly Community. Reflections on the last utopia by Achille Mbembe. In this book, Mbembe explores what remains of the human subject in an age when the instrumentality of reason is carried out by and through information machines and technologies of calculation. Who will define the threshold or set the boundary that distinguishes between the calculable and the incalculable? Between that which is deemed worthy and that which is deemed worthless? We ask readers to collect their notes. The discussion in the online gathering is built around the group’s collection of marginalia.

    Marginalia are marks made in the margins of a book or other document. They may be scribbles, comments, glosses (annotations), critiques, doodles or illuminations.

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    The Earthly Community (144 pages)
    Suggested link to purchase the book (Paperback €15)

    In The Earthly Community: Reflections on the Last Utopia, Achille Mbembe explores what remains of the human subject in an age when the instrumentality of reason is carried out by and through information machines and technologies of calculation.

    Mbembe discusses who will define the threshold or set the boundary that distinguishes between the calculable and the incalculable, between that which is deemed worthy and that which is deemed worthless, and therefore dispensable. He asks whether we can turn these new instruments of calculation and power into instruments of liberation. In other words, will we be able to invent different modes of measuring that might open up the possibility of a different aesthetics, a different politics of inhabiting the Earth, of repairing and sharing the planet?

    Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the author of a.o. Critique of Black Reason (2016), Necropolitics (2019) and Brutalisme (2020).

    About V2_
    V2, Lab for the Unstable Media is an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). V2 presents, produces, archives, and publishes research at the interface of art, technology and society. Founded in 1981, V2 offers a platform for artists, designers, scientists, researchers, theorists, and developers of software and hardware from various disciplines to discuss their work and share their findings. In V2's view, art and design play an essential role in the social embedding of technological developments. V2_ creates a context in which issues regarding the social impact of technology are explored through critical dialogue, artistic reflection and practice-oriented research.

    Marginalia Reading Group
    The margins create a space where you, as a reader, mix the world you live in with the text. An in-between space in which you connect the text with your context, reflections and stories. You are usually alone in the margin of the book – it is a personal and intimate space. With its limitations, it forces you to be concise. A note allows you to revisit the book and harvest what you found interesting again. It is also a way to memorise that passage and bring it with you. With the Marginalia Reading Group, we experiment with populating the margins of a text collectively. What happens when we occupy that space together?

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