The City In Reverse: Mini Reading Pak

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To get your brains percolating for a summer of thinking, making, and doing in the hothouse of Toronto, you are invited to join a 4-week mini reading group titled THE CITY IN REVERSE.

This reading group is a satellite project of an eponymous field school to be hosted this summer in Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia by the Murmur Land Studios curatorial collective, THE CITY IN REVERSE: DIAGRAMMING INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS. The reading group itself is free and open to anyone interested, independent of the field school.

Our attempt is to engage architectural and spatial theory through the lenses of information, systems and flux to inform aesthetic, artistic and/or research-creation practice at the threshold of street and screen. Each evening will involve an 'activation' of the text in some way, close readings of certain passages, and broader discussion potentials.

Sessions will take place at The Only Cafe, 972 Danforth Ave. (at Donlands Station, from 8:00-10:00pm for four successive Tuesday evenings:

1. May 23: Vilém Flusser, 'Designing Cities', 1988 / Tavi Meraud, 'Field Guide to Skirmology: Handbook for the Skirmonaut', 2015.

2. May 30: Christopher Alexander, 'A City is Not a Tree', 1965 / Shannon Mattern, 'A City is Not a Computer', 2017.

3. June 6: Stan Allen, 'From Object to Field: Field Conditions in Architecture', 1996 / Eyal Weizman, 'The Architecture of Violence' (video), 2014.

4. June 13: Lauren Berlant, 'The Commons: Infrastructures for Troubling Times', 2016.

(PDFs of all readings will be provided in advance.)

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The Department of Biological Flow is an ongoing dialogue of research-creation between Sean Smith and Barbara Fornssler. The name is an homage to George Lucas’ 1971 film, THX 1138.

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Murmur Land Studios is an experimental school initiative offering event-based pedagogy in art, philosophy, movement, ecology and community for the post-anthropocene era. We are interested in exploring the varied human and more-than-human relations that weave and co-compose new possibilities for joy and survival.
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By: Department of Biological Flow