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. In the fourth gathering, we will read post-human science fiction. On June 25th we will delve into On the Origin of Species and Other Stories, a collection of stories and an essay by an acclaimed South Korean writer, Bo-Young Kim.

    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.

    Suggested link to purchase book.

    If you need help getting the book copy, please get in touch with us at julia@baltanlaboratories.org.

    Book Synopsis
    The book is a collection of the most acclaimed stories and an essay on science fiction by Bo-Young Kim. Throughout the collection, we follow the stories of human and nonhuman protagonists, mythical and extraterrestrial creatures. We are challenged to rethink what we understand as "natural" ways of being and what assumptions our anthropocentrism, gender, social and scientific norms plant in our minds. What if we disrupt these normativities? What if we replace them with others?

    Practical info
    Date: 25 June, 18:30 - 20:30
    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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