Reading Group: Afterall Journal and The Political Animal

Image: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, The Treachery of the Moon, 2012, video, 12min 37sec. Courtesy the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York

Arts Catalyst is delighted to host the first in a new series of collaborative reading groups presented by Afterall, with the first session led by The Political Animal. 

 
To mark each new issue of the journal, Afterall is inviting a UK-based reading group to identify a text from the current issue and pair it with external readings and films. To celebrate issue 47 we will be reading Filipa Ramos’s text ‘Other Faces: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook's Interspecies Engagements’, screening a film by Rasjarmrearnsook and reading a secondary text focusing on the symbolic relationship between dogs and humans in contemporary Thailand. RSVP essential to olga_koroleva@hotmail.co.uk to receive the pre-reading before the session.
 
The reading group will take place at Arts Catalyst within the context of Towards the Planetary Commons: Reimagining Infrastructures for Autonomy, an exhibition which explores the neoliberal policies imposed on communities of humans and non-humans to reinforce strategies of land usage which threaten biodiversity.
 
The Political Animal reading group was founded by Olga Koroleva in February 2016 and incorporates a monthly reading session and discussion, international exchange and exhibition opportunities supporting cross-disciplinary examination of inter-species relationships. Two satellite groups are based in Dublin and Edinburgh led by Jessica Conway and Tom Jeffreys respectively. Off-site collaborative readings have been held with The Showroom, Whitstable Biennale, Chisenhale Studios, Art Licks Weekend and Guest Projects.