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Maybe It's Just Me: Reading Group #1
Sun 26 March 2017, 16:00 – 18:00 BST
Maybe It's Just Me reading group #1: The Mushroom at the Edge of the World with Mike Saunders
Sunday 26th March 4-6 PM
The first of Maybe It's Just Me's four weekly reading groups will be run by Mike Saunders and focus on concepts (and contradictions) of survival and subterfuge in capitalist ruins. Mike has selected texts from Anna Tsing's The Mushroom at the Edge of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, and Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature by Steven Vogel.
Please join us to discuss: the ways both texts tackle a similar problem from different directions; in essence, trying to take an example of something that exists in a specific way because of capitalism, but which is also regularly ignored by critics of capitalism. And in those things might there be some possibility or suggestion towards ways to live within and despite almost constant contradiction? What can we learn from the potential romance of the words and phrases used to describe oblique systems of money/mushroom trade/the dissolution of the built environment into concepts of nature? Does highlighting that language makes it malleable to something else?
Selected excerpts from the texts will be circulated to confirmed attendees. Spaces for the reading group are limited in order to encourage an intimate environment for reading and discussion. However, following each group the material will also be made available and incorporated into a display at Embassy, so please drop by to read at any point over the exhibition's duration. Refreshments will be provided.