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The Month of Books: Exercises in Togetherness

The Month of Books: Exercises in Togetherness

PUBLICS

Oct

22

Fri

12:00 – 17:00

-16–-14°C

few clouds

Publics
12–5pm
The Month Of Books: Exercises in Togetherness

4–5pm
Discussion hosted by Zelda with Eveliina Lempiäinen, Santtu Räisänen, Sophia Mitiku & Autuas Ukkonen

Together with FCINY we are hosting commissioned contributions by DeForrest Brown, Jr. & James Hoff, and Asiya Wadud. In addition, the event includes a discussion with the webzine Zelda on their current issue focused on the notion of fantasy. As the society is slowly opening up after the Covid pandemic, the event brings forth topics of collaboration, togetherness, connections, and friendship.

DeForrest Brown, Jr. and James Hoff talk on the phone every few weeks and these conversations last for hours. They decided to take this opportunity to take a walk and just continue their normal conversation. Instead of the controlled acoustics of zoom and podcast-type conversations, the outside world has a strong presence in the conversation as the speakers traverse across the city. They talk about all the regular things, such as politics, family life, music and books, including DeForrest’s upcoming book Assembling a Black Counter Culture, a general history of techno and adjacent electronic music with a focus on Black experiences in industrialized labor systems. DeForrest and James each recorded the walk with their phones. Hoff combined the recordings with hard pans left and right, creating a stereo mix with occasional phasing and an intriguing ambience.

New York based artist and poet Asiya Wadud’s recent work has included research on the work of the artist Howard Smith (1928-2021). Smith, born in Philadelphia, first visited Finland in the 1960’s and later settled into Fiskars village outside Helsinki. Smith worked in a wide variety of media, including public sculptures, drawing, painting, silkscreen, and textile and paper collage. As her contribution, Wadud has written a poem that takes its form as a dialogue between the poet and Smith’s piece Oracle / Hero (1989). The two-tone poem can be listened to on site at PUBLICS, and also performed collectively by the visitors.

As part of the event, the webzine Zelda is hosting a discussion in the frame of their 2021 yearly theme of ‘fantasy’, as well as their own feminist online publishing practice, which aims to create space for voices that remain unheard in mainstream media. The participants in the discussion are Eveliina Lempiäinen and Santtu Räisänen from Zelda with contributors from the current issue Sophia Mitiku and Autuas Ukkonen.

 

PUBLICS

Fri 22 Oct 2021 12:00 – 17:00

-16–-14°C

few clouds