Marginalia Reading Group

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    Marginalia: Technologies Otherwise Reading Group


    As a part of our Technologies Otherwise program, we invite our audience for the second edition of the Marginalia reading group. After discussing technology in antiquity and on the turn of Enlightenment and Romanticism, we are looking at 20th-century science fiction. On May 14th we will delve into The Wind's Twelve Quarters, a collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin.

    Technologies Otherwise program attempts to unpack, redefine and ultimately foster a healthier relationship with the technologies surrounding us. In Marginalia's reading group, we read various texts on technologies. We reexamine the old and modern texts that relate to both timeless and relevant to our time questions about technologies.

    Marginalia are marks made in the margins of a book or other document. They may be scribbles, comments, annotations, critiques, doodles, or illuminations. With the Marginalia Reading Group, we experiment with populating the margins of a text collectively. What happens if we voice all our questions, reflections, doubts and realisations collectively and place them at the margin of a book? Will the story the book tells remain the same? These annotations (handwritten or otherwise) will become a starting point to guide our conversation during the gathering.

    For this iteration, we leave it up to the readers to decide which and how many stories collected in the book they read. We will end the gathering with a small group writing exercise to, together with our Marginalia community, inspire new technological narratives.

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    Book Synopsis
    The book is a collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, a celebrated American author, best known for speculative fiction novels. This collection contains seventeen stories with various motifs and themes. In "The Masters" the reader enters a dystopian future where Arabic numbers are seen as black magic. While, in "Nine Lives", two human clones explore an unknown remote planet.

    Practical info
    Date: 14 May, 18:30 - 20:00

    Location: online on Zoom, you will receive a link to join closer to the event date 

    Registration fee: €5 (students for free)

    Registration is available here. 


    About Technologies Otherwise
    Marginalia is a program developed as part of Technologies Otherwise, developed in partnership with Design Academy Eindhoven, Centre for Philosophical Technologies (CPT) or Ars Electronica, among others. Technologies Otherwise is declarative in its hopeful approach towards technology, a way for which its users re-evaluate their part as technology users; defy and unlearn notions of what technology means and for whom it’s made and ultimately, craft new stories around the topic. Marginalia is one of the trajectories that fall under the New Narratives in Technology trajectory. Here, we will develop stories that could lead to different technologies based on diversity, hope, solidarity and collectivity.

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