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summer school at the Poor Farm 2018

Readings (PDFs):

These are a guide for the weekend. As always, read what you can. I will be adding more readings in the coming weeks.

Matei, "ENDO/EXO". From the Comparative Relativism symposium, published in Common Knowledge, 17:1 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.)

Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo, "Zeno and the Art of Anthropology".
From the Comparative Relativism symposium, published in Common Knowledge, 17:1 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.)

Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo, "Zeno's Wake". From the Comparative Relativism symposium, published in Common Knowledge, 17:1 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.)

Verwoert, Jan, "A Codex for Con Artists? Or: An Ethics of Disappointment!". (Cookie!. Berlin: Sternberg, 2013.)

Moten, Fred, "Irruptions and Incoherences for Jimmie Durham". (Black and Blur. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017.) [I have not read this yet, but Fred Moten on Jimmie Durham? Has to be interesting!]

I would also recommend reading some of Isabelle Stengers' work. She wrote a very interesting book with Vinciane Despret: Women Who Make a Fuss: The Unfaithful Daughters of Virginia Woolf. She also wrote a book
on Alfred North Whitehead (English mathematician and philosopher) that has been getting a lot of attention (Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts). Her writings have appeared in several anthologies alongside Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.

summer school at the Poor Farm 2017

Readings (PDFs):

Relyea, Lane, "All Over and at Once (parts one-four)". Originally published in X-tra, vol. 6, no. 10, fall, 2003.

Berardi, Franco “Bifo”, "The Second Coming". From e-flux Journal #83.

Cervenak, Sarah Jane, "Losing Their Heads: Race, Sexuality, and the Perverse Moves of the European Enlightenment". (Wandering: Philosophical Performance of Racial and Sexual Freedom. Durham, NC: Duke, 2014.)

Holmes, Brian, "Boundaries of Knowledge". (Politics of Study. Odense, Denmark: Open Editions/Funen Art Academy, 2015.)

Ruth, "Anything but a Safe Space". (Politics of Study. Odense, Denmark: Open Editions/Funen Art Academy, 2015.)

summer school at the Poor Farm 2016

Readings (PDFs):

(I'd suggest this order of reading, as this would probably reflect the ideas structuring the weekend best… I think.)

Moten, Fred and Stefano Harney, "The University and the Undercommons: Seven Thesis". (The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study. New York: Autonomedia, 2013)

Hito Steyerl, "The Institution of Critique" ( Also published in Alberro, Alexander and Blake Stimson, Institutional Critique; An Anthology of Artists' Writings. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2009.

Draxler, Helmut, "Or the Last Bourgeois" and
Draxler, Helmut, "The Savannah of the Fairscape" (both: Krebber, Michael, Michael Krebber. Köln: Walter König, 2005.)

Durham, Jimmie, "Probably This Will Not Work". (Chambert, Christian, Strategies for Survival—Now!: A Global Perspective on Ethnicity, Body, and Breakdown of Artistic Systems. Lund, Sweden: Swedish Art Critics Association Press, 1995.

summer school at the Poor Farm 2015

Readings (PDFs):

Read/watch what you can:

"On the Necessity of Art's Exit from Contemporary Art" (video, series of talks given at Artists Space, Friday, May 3 – Friday, June 14, 2013)
Suhail Malik

"A Remarkable Reversal" by Edourdo Viveiros de Castro. (Chapter 1 from: Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo. Cannibal Metaphysics. Trans. Peter Skafish. Minneapolis: Univocal Publishing, 2014. Read it, get sucked in, buy it, read the rest of the book, maybe even buy some other Univocal books. Thanks to Drew and Jason.

Félix Guattari, "Everybody Wants to be a Fascist". Semiotext(e) "Anti-oedipus" vol. II no.3, 1977.

Jan Verwoert, "Exhaustion & Exuberance: Ways to Defy the Pressure to Perform". A pamphlet for the exhibition Art Sheffield 08: Yes No and Other Options

Real concrete photography:

Sent by a "little bird":
Ray Brassier interviewed by Marcin Rychter: "I am a nihilist because I still believe in truth" [link uodated July 6, '18]
Artist talk with Jimmie Durham at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art on 12 June 2014. Artist Talk: Jimmie Durham

summer school at the Poor Farm 2014

Guest participants this year will be Henrik Plenge Jakobsen and… (more to come). [Assaf Evron, Michelle Grabner, Lise Haller Baggesen, and Jacob Lillemose]

Readings (PDFs):

"Kelley Walker's Negro Problem" by Glenn Ligon. (Parkett #87, 2010)

"Traffic Controll: Joe Scanlan on Social Space and Relational Aesthetics" by Joe Scanlan. (Artforum, Summer 2005)

From Henrik Plenge Jakobsen:

"The Oslo Case" by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (Kunstkritikk, May 2013)

summer school at the Poor Farm 2013

Guest participants this year will be Drew Burk, Director of Univocal Publishing (, Lise Haller Baggesen MA (Visual and Critical Studies, SAIC), Karthik Pandian, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Harper Fellow, University of Chicago. Lucio Pozzi (School of Visual Arts), Margot Samel (Curator of Analogue Other at the Poor Farm ths year).

Readings (PDFs):

Suggested by Ashley Coffey:

"Woman as Other" by Simone de Beauvoir. (Introduction to The Second Sex, 1949)

"Sonogram of a Potential" (

"What is Contemporary?" by Giorgio Agamben. From What is an Apparatus? and Other Essays. (Stanford: Stanford U, 2009)

Two versions of the opening chapter of Theodor Adorno's Aesthetic Theory:
"Art, Society, Aesthetics". Adorno, Theodor. (Trans. C. Lenhardt) Aesthetics Theory. (New York: Routledge, 1984)
"Art, Society, Aesthetics". Adorno, Theodor. (Trans. Robert Hullot-Kentor) Aesthetics Theory. (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota, 1997)

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre. First published in 1938. [Apologies for the formatting. It's the only PDF I could find.]

"The Social Turn: Collaberation and Its Discontents" chapter 1 from Bishop, Claire. Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. London: Verso, 2012. Pgs. 11-40.

Excerpt from chapter 3, "The Autonomy of Art in Bourgeois Society" from Peter Bürger. Theory of the Avant-garde. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota, 1984. Pgs. 35-46. I am most interested in the second section "The Autonomy of Art in the Aesthetics of Kant and Schiller", but I also included the preceeding section.

The following are from Cooling Out—On the Paradox of Feminism. eds. Sabine Schaschl-Cooper; Bettina Steinbrügge; René Zechlin. (Zurich : JRP/Ringier 2008)
"Cooling Out—What Has Become of Feminism Anyway?" (Round table discussion)
"'I Am Not a Feminist, But …' How Feminism Became the F-Word" by Toril Moi.
"School of Etiquette" by Bettina Steinbrügge.

"lT'S VERY SAD, REALLY: Art Writing, Orphaning, Migration of the Humanities and (No) Information" (Quinn Latimer in Conversation with Chris Kraus). Mousse (#39, May 2013). Pgs 60-7. [Thanks to Kelsey Olson for telling me about this.]

From Lise
Haller Baggesen (one of this years presenters):

"Free Your Ass and Your Mind Will Follow" by Lise Haller Baggesen.

"How To Be Good?" by Lise Haller Baggesen.

"Good Intentions: Judging the Art of Encounter" by Erik Hagoort. (Amsterdam: Fonds BKVB, 2005)

"The Laugh of the Medusa" by Hélène Cixous from Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 1, no. 4 (Spring 1976). Pgs 875-93.

"The Gesture of Making" by Villem Fluser. (vilem_flusser_archive)

Kelly Filries set me this to post (someone else sent me a reading, but I can't remember who, so I can't find it at the moment):

"The Aesthetics of Silence" by Susan Sontag.

I will be posting more readings (maybe, there's a lot now). Check back. Read as much as you can. I often post more readings than you could possibly be expected to read before summer school. These are meant to give a direction to the dialog for the weekend. Also, this is an experiemental experience--I'm posting readings I'm interested in (and you can make suggestions). I often post readings I haven't read in years (Nausea) or am in the process of reading ("The Social Turn").

summer school at the Poor Farm 2012

I'm posting the video program I put together. It's a large, zipped file (3.1 GB). By downloading it you agree not to post it or give it to other people. Some of the artists who agreed to participate do not want their work distributed. If you want to show it to someone, show it to them on your computer instead of giving them the file. This page isn't linked to any other pages so generally the only people who come to it are people I send a link to. Click here for the file. I recommend putting it in iTunes as a playlist.

Readings (PDFs):
Think Marx and lost theories

"Concerning Feuerbach" in Marx, Karl, Early Writing (New York and London: Penguin, 1992)

"Freudo-Marxism" by Félix Guattari in Semiotext(e) "Anti-oedipus" vol. II no.3, 1977.

"Flection" and "Reflection" by Mary Barnes in
R. D. Laing & Anti-psychiatry (New York: Harper & Row, 1971)

"Mary Barnes Trip" by
Félix Guattari in Semiotext(e) "Anti-oedipus" vol. II no.3, 1977.

"Family, Capitalism, Anus" by Guy Hocquenghem in
Semiotext(e) "Anti-oedipus" vol. II no.3, 1977.

"Castration or Decapitation?" by Helene Cixous (trans. Annette Kuhn) in Signs, Vol. 7, No.1 (Autumn, 1981), 41-55.

Excerpts from Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism: Folio Series: A by Tirdad Zolghadr, Maria Fusco, Melanie O'Brian and Jeff Khonsary (Vancouver: Fillip/Artspeak, 2011)

Jimmie Durham interviewed by Susan Canning

Added 7/30/12 11:00pm:

Also, here is a contribution from Isa Gagarin, who can't attend summer school this yeat: Cirriculum Vitality

I also thought it wouldn't hurt to include something I wrote on education for the website Quodlibetica (complete with typos and grammar errors). Here is the link.

summer school at the Poor Farm 2011

Readings (PDFs):

Now there are more readings than you could hope to read. Enjoy!

Franco Berardi Bifo. "I Want to Think: POST-U" <html> from e-flux journal #24

From Molly Zuckerman-Hartung:

"Articulated Power Relations - Markus Miessen in conversation with Chantal Mouffe" <html> [This link is dead. I'm keeping it up in case they fix it.]
PDF grabbed from broken link:
Markus Miessen. "Articulated Power Relations— Markus Miessen in conversation with Chantal Mouffe" <111 KB>

Plato. Phaedrus <13.3 MB>
Jaques Derrida. Dissemination (Chicago: U of Chicago, 1981) <9.7 MB> [PDF of the whole book—very dense.]

Thanks to Tony Sunder:
Jacques Ranciére. "Problems and Transformations of Critical Art" <1.4 MB> in Jacques Ranciére, Aesthetics and Its Discontents (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2009)

[This should be it for the readings.]


summer school at the Poor Farm 2010

Readings (PDFs):

Thierry de Duve. "When Form Has Become Attitude—and Beyond" <6.7 MB>, in Kocur, Zoya and Simon Leung, eds., Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005).

Thierry de Duve. "An Ethics:Putting Aesthetic Trasmission in Its Proper Place in the Art World" <3.6 MB>, in Madoff, Steven Henry, ed., Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) (Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2009).

John Armleder interview

Phyllida Barlow interview

Daniel Birnbaum, "Teaching Art: Adorno and the Devil"

Raqs Media Collective, "How to Be and Artist at Night"

Non-education readings!:

Slavoj Zizek, "History Against Historicism"

Jessica Helfand, "One, Two Three Faux: The Myth of Real Time." (Thanks to Ben Moren for this one.)


summer school at the Poor Farm 2009

Readings (PDFs):

Linsley, Robert. "Creative Laboratories in the University" <1.9 MB>

Relyea, Lane. "Your Art World, or The Limits of Connectivity" <1.8 MB>

Both from Primer compiled by Frances Stark on the occasion of The Claude & Alfred Mann Symposium "On the Future of Art School", Saturday January 27, 2007 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Published by Dexter Sinister (NYC) through the Print-On-Demand channel

Below are sound files from summer school at the Poor Farm. The first two are my lecture on education, the second two are the discussion we had as a group. (Thanks to Emily Atchison for the recordings.) Images are from my lecture notes.

notes, page 1

Aaron's lecture (part 1)

Aaron's lecture (part 2)

notes, page 2

Panel/group discussion (part 1)

Panel/group discussion (part 2)