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The Erotic Book Club

Publishing Forum, Reading Group

Monday 10 June 2013, 11 - 5pm

‘States of Being’ is an ongoing reading group led by Art Writing, and composed primarily of students from Goldsmiths various Fine Art Masters. It has been an experimental ground to focus on themes that are linked with different states of being, and how these themes relate to art production, fruition and critique.
In this one-day seminar at X Marks the Bökship, the reading group will open to the public, and Goldsmiths students, as well as invited guests, will prepare presentations for discussion among all participants.

The themes will be Love and Magic, in their relation to critique and art production. Contextual readings will be distributed in advance, so all participants can engage with the themes. Love will be seen from various facets, from love as critique and absence of relation, to attempting love through Albert Camus' absurd reasoning on suicide. The power of magic and the magic of power will be addressed and debated in a presentation called ‘with hands like these’, alongside references to mandrake as a metaphor for a transition between states. Magic will be tackled also from the viewpoint of a selection of miracles drawn from the Golden Legend - saints, via their miracles, will be seen as connective points that allow the mystical and divine to mingle with and effect the mundane. The final presentation will focus on seduction as crossing point between love and magic, through the figure of the femme fatale.

Readings shall be sent to participants, and will include excerpts from Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, from Jacobus de Voragine’s Golden Legend, from Taussig's The Language of Flowers, and from Mauss’ A General Theory of Magic. The texts can be read by participants beforehand, to contextualize and help in the overall discussion.

Sarina Basta
Mary Rinebold
Linda Stupart
Joseph Noonan-Ganley
Kyoung Kim
Abri de Swardt
Catherine Smiles
Daphne Sonneville
Kyra Kordoski
Beatrice Schulz
Alice Brooke

RSVP CONTACT FOR GUEST LIST Francisco Sousa Lobo Email: fsousalobo@yahoo.com


Thursday 13 June 2013, 7pm
'I've Never Read Her' Book Club of Short Fiction and Essays by Women
Reading The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula J Le Guin

Ursula J Le Guin is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography. For June 2013 we will be reading her short story - The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (downloadable PDF). Get your copy of the Short Story collection from which this story is taken from your local charity shop, independent bookshop or library or download the PDF at http://iveneverreadher.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/ursula/