AFTER HOPE READING GROUP @ASIAN ART MUSEUM (SAN FRANCISCO)
Facilitated by Collective Çukurcuma (Naz Cuguoğlu, Mine Kaplangı, Serhat Cacekli) and Padma Dorje Maitland.
When the world is on fire, both literally and metaphorically, where does hope hide? How does one find it in the dark, inside or outside? Is there hope in the chaos of an orange apocalypse as described by Etel Adnan in Arab Apocalypse? Can poetry save us from surpassing disasters as Jalal Toufic and Bifo asks in their work? How does ecofeminist writer Donna Haraway’s notion of “staying with the trouble” offer new ways of imagining invisible tentacles through which to engage a world always in transition? Can the speculative-fiction of Ursula K Le Guin and Octavia Butler inspire us to work for alternative futures? Is hope available to everyone?
Each session will focus on a specific set of short readings and will be moderated by a facilitator who will help guide conversation and help record key ideas and questions that emerge during the discussions. Articles will be shared before each meeting so that participants can prepare beforehand. Moderators will also take notes during the meetings, recording the questions that arise and themes that emerge. Session notes will become a score to be shared at a public event in the spring.
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