For their upcoming project at Deptford X D.A.T.A (the Deptford Anarchist Tapestry Association) intends to counter the weight of specific (para-)local histories by attaching anchors to various undesirable developments and floating them above the town. D.A.T.A is speculating on the air over Deptford being somewhat thicker than we have been customarily led to believe – perhaps even liquid – and the world temporarily turning on a spatio-historic axis described by the ongoing legacy of Deptford's maritime-colonial 'past'. As research into the social, political and aesthetic potentials these speculations engender, Saul Williams from D.A.T.A will be hosting a 3-session reading group focussing on texts concerned with what Jackie Wang has described as 'Oceanic Feeling and Communist Affect.'
All texts will be emailed to participants: no need to buy any books! The reading group will meet at the Deptford X event space, Unit A Norfolk House, 9 Brookmill Road, SE8 4HL.
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Week 1, 03 AUG, 7-9pm:
Oceanic Feeling and Communist Affect - Jackie Wang
This essay is about the creative, social, and political implication of oceanic feeling. It might be of interest to anyone interested in the psychoanalysis of mysticism, psychoanalytic debates about religion, Fred Moten, Spinoza, affect theory, and critical theory.
Fractal Thinking – Denise Ferreira da Silva
In this short essay Da Silva destabilises the linear thinking that propels a powerful strain of leftist thought, exposing its inability to think the complexity of Capital's relation to race. Ferreira da Silva's fractal thought may be a kind of oceanic dialectics..?
Week 2, 17 AUG, 7-9pm:
from Dialectic of Enlightenment (p32-42) – Adorno
Adorno's famous interpretation of book XII of Homer's Odyssey in which Odysseus encounters the sirens. In this excerpt Adorno reads Odysseus' encounter as an allegory for the formation of the patriarchal, bourgeois subject, and his command of ship and crew as representative of the organising principles of capitalist relations. How is the ocean (un-)figured in this reading?
The Open Boat chapter from Poetics of Relation – Edouard Glissant
Glissant writes the experience of the Boat from inside its belly, the womb abyss, the hold of the slave ship.
Week 3, 31 AUG, 7-9pm:
Blackness and Nothingness ( Mysticism and the Flesh) – Fred Moten
What is at stake is how to improvise the declension from what is perceived as a failure to be together to the unmappable zone of paraontological consent. The promise of another world, or the end of this one, is given in the general critique of the world. (or, how to jump ship).