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Read-In Series 2014

The Read-In Series consists of four close-reading sessions and a concluding symposium organized by the students of the minor. Based on texts submitted by Yoeri Meessen (curator Education & Theory, Witte de With), Florian Cramer (lecturer, Creating010) and Catherine Somzé (Critical Studies coordinator) students will dig into the literature from the tradition of the critical theory and from the so-called ‘Frankfurt School’ more particularly. The texts have been selected to highlight different forms of and perspectives on the subject of emancipation.

Following the close-reading sessions, students will be invited to submit ideas for speakers who represent their vision of the texts and who will be approached to contribute to the final symposium held in January. The speakers can be both artists and designers as well as experts from other disciplines. During the closing symposium named after the Laclau’s book, the four speakers will give their views on the subject of emancipation, and go into debate with the students and the audience.

The final symposium is open to the public and free for students of the Willem de Kooning Academy. Students from other schools and others interested are welcome after registration. For more information please contact education [​at​] wdw.nl.

Read-In #1 – Political emancipation

Wednesday, the 24th of September 2014, 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: Witte de With, Witte de Withstraat 50 Rotterdam.

The first close-reading session will be dedicated to the theme of class emancipation. It will focus on Karl Marx’s 1843 essay ‘On the Jewish Question’. In this essay Marx lays the theoretical foundations for his materialist conception of history and his critique of capitalism. He states that political freedom always requires economical equality.

Read-In #2 – Cultural emancipation

Wednesday, the 8th of October, 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: Witte de With, Witte de Withstraat 50 Rotterdam.

The second close-reading session will be dedicated to the theme of fear culture. It will be centred on the classic text by Max Horkheimer en Theodor W. Adorno, ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception’ from their book Dialectic of Enlightenment. In this controversial essay, the two leading thinkers from the Frankfurt School sketch an image of modern popular culture as a form of mass deception based on fear mongering and in favour of capitalist interests.

Read-In #3 – Social emancipation

Wednesday, the 5th of November, 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: Witte de With, Witte de Withstraat 50 Rotterdam.

The third close-reading session will be dedicated to the role of aesthetics in social emancipation. It will focus on Herbert Marcuse’s 1977 book The Aesthetic Dimension: Toward a Critique of Marxist Aesthetics. In this work, the influential founding member of the Frankfurt School rejects Marxist aesthetics and gives a prominent role to beauty in the process of social emancipation.

Read-In #4 – Intellectual emancipation

Wednesday, the 19th of November 2014, 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: Witte de With, Witte de Withstraat 50 Rotterdam.

The fourth and last close-reading session will be dedicated to the emancipation from traditional critical thinking. It will focus on Jacques Rancière’s ‘The Emancipated Spectator’ from his 2009 eponymous book. In this essay, the post-Marxist French philosopher argues for a radical questioning of the premises upon which most critical aesthetic theory has been based.

Symposium – Emancipation(s)

Saturday, the 10th of January, 2015

The program of the symposium will be determined by the students during the Read-In Series, more information will follow.

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