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Announcing the Ninth Meeting of the Poncey-Highlands Reading Group

March 17, 2010

The P-HRG is pleased to announce their Ninth Meeting to be held Tuesday, 30 March, 2010 at 7:30.

For the ninth meeting of the PHRG we will be discussing the relationship between knowledge production and power. To facilitate this we will share our readings of two essays:
“Truth and Power” Michel Foucault (1977)
and
“An Aesthetics of Knowledge” by Jacques Ranciere (2006)

NOTE: We are meeting on a Tuesday evening this go-round, not on the usual Mondays. We’re likely to experiment with other days of the week as well so please give us feedback about days and times that work for you.

For more information and membership please contact phrg30306@gmail.com

Announcing the (Passing of the) Eighth Meeting of the Poncey-Highlands Reading Group

March 17, 2010

The P-HRG is pleased to announce the passing of their Eighth Meeting, held Monday, 15 March, 2010 at 7:30.

We very much enjoyed our discussion and viewing of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain” (1973).

For more information and membership please contact phrg30306@gmail.com

Announcing the Seventh Meeting of the Poncey-Highlands Reading Group

February 21, 2010

The P-HRG is pleased to announce its Seventh Meeting, to be held Monday, 1 March, 2010 at 7:30.

We are very much looking forward to this meeting as we will be discussing our thinking on/readings of 4g’s “Yellow Cloud” (2006). Here’s what Dusted Reviews has to say about the album:

“This project comes freighted with history and concept. 4g is shorthand for ‘Four Gentlemen of the Guitar,’ the name under which Keith Rowe, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, and Toshimaru Nakamura toured Europe and Canada in 2004. Rowe conceived the group as a vehicle to explore notions of ‘guitar-ness’ in a chamber format analogous to the string quartet.”

Building on our past readings we hope to develop informed responses to the problems posed by music such as this, from an interview with Keith Rowe:

“One of the problems of describing this music is that it requires a new vocabulary and ways of conveying its sound and impact; such vocabulary does not yet exist – how do you describe the subtle differences between different types of controlled feedback? I’ve yet to see anyone do it convincingly – hence the use of words like ‘shape’ and ‘texture’!

Possible intersections would include our previous readings of

Freud’s “Melancholy & Melancholia” (how do we mourn the narrative in music?)
Breton’s “First Manifesto of Surrealism” (what is the tension between ambient sound and music, is it like the sleeping logician?)
Debord’s “Society of the Spectacle” (situationism was an extension of Lefebvre’s critique of everyday life, is this the soundtrack?)

And perhaps we might also look to Agamben’s “What Is an Apparatus?” or Adorno’s Philosophy of New Music.

For more information and membership please contact phrg30306@gmail.com

Announcing the 6th Meeting of the Poncey-Highlands Reading Group

February 1, 2010

The P-HRG is pleased to announce its Sixth Meeting, to be held Monday, 15 February in the new year, 2010 at 7:30.

Building off of Jay and Ryan’s excellent introduction to David Graeber we will be discussing globalization with Antoine Garapon’s “The Imaginary Pirate of Globalization” (2009) and Jacques Rancière’s “Misadventures of Universality” (2007).

Announcing the Fifth Meeting of the Poncey-Highlands Reading Group

January 17, 2010

The P-HRG is pleased to announce its Fifth Meeting, to be held Monday, 25 January in the new year, 2010 at 7:30.

With Jay and Ryan’s facilitation, we will be sharing our readings of two bits by David Graeber. We will read his essay “Twilight of Vanguardism” (2003) as well as “Blowing Up Walls” from his tract Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology (2004).

From the wikipedia page:
He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there ended in June 2007. Graeber has a history of social and political activism, including his role in protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City (2002) and membership in the labor union Industrial Workers of the World.

True to form, all these texts are freely available and distributed, for example, on the wikipedia pages (or above). If you are having a difficult time finding an electronic copy, please contact Paul.

Announcing the Fourth Meeting of the Poncey-Highlands Reading Group

December 30, 2009

The Poncey-Highlands Reading Group will be meeting on a regular basis in camaraderie and good cheer to discuss texts (broadly understood to include all media) and possible intersections with politics and economics (broadly conceived).

The fourth meeting of the P-HRG (fridge) will be on Monday, 11 January in the Poncey-Highlands at 7:30PM. We will be sharing our readings of an abbreviated (First) “Surrealist Manifesto” by Andre Breton (1924) as well as the first chapter of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle (1967).

Though Surrealism is perhaps most popularly understood as a movement in the visual arts, we see from Breton that the primary concern was not art practice but creating new ways of living. This call has been expanded by the Situationist International (SI), of whom Debord is seen as the exemplar. The SI are credited with spurring the large wildcat general strikes of May 1968 in Paris, a pivotal moment in Western intellectualism.

Grab your Gauloises and wine! But remember: cest ci n’est pas une pipe, nor a revolution perhaps.

For more information and membership please contact phrg30306@gmail.com

Announcing the Third Meeting of the Poncey-Highlands Reading Group

December 4, 2009

The Poncey-Highlands Reading Group will be meeting on a regular basis in camaraderie and good cheer to discuss texts (broadly understood to include all media) and possible intersections with politics and economics (broadly conceived).

The third meeting of the P-HRG (fridge) will be on Monday, 14 December in the Poncey-Highlands at 7:30PM. Building off the last meeting where we discussed Marx and Engels essays on the proletariat, the group will discuss Chapter 3 of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

For more information and membership please contact phrg30306@gmail.com

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