Reading Group 4th semester

COLLECTIVE CUKURCUMA READING GROUP – 4th semester
Founded by Gökcan Demirkazık, Mine Kaplangı and Naz Cuguoğlu, Collective Çukurcuma Reading Group will have monthly meetings and invite our friends to assign a reading, we will read, talk and discuss.

WEEK II

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Date –  Monday, March 13th, 2018
Location –  Sabo’s studio
Number of participants – 7
Selected Texts – Notes On the Cityscape of Blade Runner 2049 by Begüm Yamanlar; Phantoms by Steven Millhauser; “Ghosts of my Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures” by Mark Fisher (first chapter “00: Lost Futures”)

Link for the texts – 

https://libcom.org/library/ghosts-my-life-writings-depression-hauntology-lost-futures
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jQW9nI4BJIfAnjjj-mB4dAUGav8OFPXU

Discussion questions –

  1. How do the cities change after the idea of “hauntology”?
  2. Discuss the idea that the theories of future are all outdated, and discuss how we can communicate with each other in such a context.
  3. Is there a limit for critical thought?
  4. Discuss the idea of “I am working for a better future”
  5. The new left– Already gave up on future but is not even aware of it.
  6. What is the relation between the concept of “hauntology” and music culture? If we send a record from future to past or vice versa, would it be surprising for the generation that receives it?
  7. Are there still “unfamiliar” things in music?
  8. When we talk about music, which music do we talk about?
  9. Music culture is used to explain lost futures, but how can we get the same answer from different cultures? (discuss the effect of locality)
  10. Imagine a world in which only North Korea is left, and opens its doors, would the history of world evolve in the same way?
  11. According to astrology, the idea is that the world will become more bisexual and more creative after 2020, what does it mean?
  12. Movies to watch: The Double Life of Veronique (1991), A Ghost Story (2017), The Others (2001), The Spirit (2008), Wings of Desire (1987)
  13. What is the translation of “phantom” in Turkish?
  14. What is the difference between “ghost” and “phantom”? – How does it change from culture to culture?
  15. How does the culture of mythical stories affect the respect for nature in different cultures?
  16. Why do the ghosts experience a feeling of imprisonment in most ghost stories? – Why are they mostly limited / trapped in a specific territory?
  17. How do the ghost stories change across cultures?
  18. Discuss the translation of hauntology in Turkish (“musallat bilimi”).
  19. From a psychoanalytic approach, discuss the relation between trauma and ghosts of past.

WEEK I

Date –  Monday, February 19th, 2018
Location –  Naz & Serhat’s home
Number of participants – 10
Selected Texts – Edgar Allen Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher, Ursula Le Guin: The Island of Immortals, Vincent Freeland: Hauntology: How the Ghosts of Our Past Haunt Our Future, James Bridle: How to Think About the Future

Link for the texts – 

https://poestories.com/read/houseofusher
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-island-of-the-immortals/
http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/hauntology-ghosts-past-haunt-futures/
http://www.howtothinkaboutthefuture.com/?p=75

Discussion questions –

  1. Relation to telecommunication – how it was used to communicate with ghosts (previous collaborations between the spiritualists & scientists)
  2. How does “hauntology” relate to our perception of the space?
  3. Discuss the idea of nostalgia for the “lost past” and “the lost future.”
  4. When we talk about the “lost future”, what is it that is lost there? Can a future that has not happened yet get lost?
  5. Share the true story that an object was transported, but no one knows where it ended up.
  6. Some possible reference materials: the movies “Coherence”, “Blade Runner”, “Ghost in a Shell”, the book “Haunted Media”
  7. Talk about aliens.
  8. Can we trust the accuracy of our perception of the past?
  9. How does the history get manipulated through constructing memories with different narratives?
  10. Compare different perceptions of horror movies in different cultures.
  11. How does culture / language affect our perception of ghosts?
  12. Why do they call them “cursed”? Who benefits from this in the society?
  13. What is cyberpunk?
  14. How do manipulated images affect our perception of reality?
  15. Tell your personal haunted stories.

 

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