Collective Çukurcuma Reading Group was initiated in 2015 by the two founding members of the Collective (Naz Cuguoğlu & Mine Kaplangı) with the addition of Gökcan Demirkazık. Besides semester-long thematic discussion sessions on such subjects as hauntology and archive-based artistic practices from the Middle East, the reading group has been invited to organize meetings in conjunction with various exhibitions in Istanbul, most notably as part of the public program of the 15th Istanbul Biennial in 2017. Most recently for the public programme of the group exhibition Creating a ‘we’ at Basis Frankfurt the reading group focused on on the question how the reading sessions of the participants were shaped and changed during the covi̇d-19 pandemic in regards of their daily relation with online platforms and communities. In 2021 the reading group will continue its meetings in various cities around the world.
Venue: Zoom meeting
Date: September 30, 2020
Reading list: http://basis-frankfurt.de/sites/default/files/pictures/reading_list_creating_a_we_0.pdf
In this episode, the reading group was focussing on the selected text „letters against separation“ by Oxana Timofeeva (e-flux https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/letters-against-separation-oxanatimof…) and on the question how the reading sessions of the participants were shaped and changed during the covi̇d-19 pandemic in regards of their daily relation with online platforms and communities. they also discussed the story of “Bloodchild” by Octavia Butler and how the writing methodology of the book “women who make a fuss: the unfaithful daughters of Virginia Woolf” (Stengers, Isabelle University of Minnesota Press, 2015) inspired the concept of the show “creating a we'”, whose title is taken from one of the chapters of the publication
Special thanks to all the participants:
Mine Kaplangı, Naz Cuguoğlu, Nicky Broekhuysen, Esther Poppe, Daniel Stubenvoll