Maayan Sheleff & Sarah Spies
(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies
Book Launch: 4 November 2021, 6pm CET
with a lecture by professor André Lepecki
at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin
and online via Zoom: Please register here (and indicate, if you will attend IRL or online).
(Un)Commoning Voices and (Non)Communal Bodies is a new publication in OnCurating academic book series, edited by Maayan Sheleff and Dr Sarah Spies. Connecting studies of the voice and theories of the body via the politics of performativity, the publication complicates the collateral understanding of power and agency inherent in collective or communal address and participation.
The book launch will include an online lecture by performance studies scholar and curator Professor André Lepecki, live from NYC; Lepecki will discuss the politics of movement and its pause during the pandemic, followed by a conversation with Lepeki and editors Sheleff and Spies.
(Un)Commoning Voices and (Non)Communal Bodies takes as its starting point the project Un)Commoning Voices and (Non)Communal Bodies, curated by Sheleff and Spies for Reading International, UK (2019), which included artworks and workshops by Zbyněk Baladrán, Željka Blakšić, Marco Godoy, Chto Delat/Dmitry Vilensky, Noam Inbar and Nir Shauloff, Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Mikhail Karikis, Tali Keren, Public Movement, Michal Oppenheim, Rory Pilgrim, Jack Tan, Nina Wakeford and Katarina Zdjelar.
Looking back at the project from within the pandemic’s viral choreography, with the forced distancing of bodies and further silencing of already marginalized voices, alongside the simultaneous performative enactment of transnational solidarity, the contributors respond to the ongoing crisis within a wider timely context. The publication includes texts by Susanne Clausen, Susan Gibb, Edgar Schmitz, Maayan Sheleff and Dr Sarah Spies, and a transcription of a conversation between Florian Malzacher, Maayan Sheleff and Jonas Staal.
The curatorial project (Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies is part of the PhD in Practice of Maayan Sheleff and Sarah Spies.
PhD Publication Series
The PhD in Practice in Curating, a joint doctoral program of the University of Reading and the Zurich University of the Arts, is led by Prof Dr Dorothee Richter, and supported by swissuniversities.
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