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Afrofuturism 2.0 just scheduled for 24 June at 19:00


The Public School Berlin will be joined by Dr. Reynaldo Anderson to present a lecture called "Afrofuturism 2.0: A Transdisciplinary Agenda for Africa and its Diaspora." This lecture was precipitated by a class held called Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy, which took place in February and March 2015. In addition to the texts discussed during that class, we have also posted new material that will provide a broader context to Anderson’s lecture. They can be found here. We plan to devote an hour to conversation so please bring questions and comments. We also hope to subsequently organize more meetings related to this topic over the summer.

Find out more here about the lecture here:

First meeting of Genre-fication on 20 June at 16:00


The first meeting of Genre-fication will take place this Saturday at 16:00. This class was triggered by an email titled “Artist Organisation Discomfort – a prologue” that circulated in Berlin early this year. The class will revolve around some of the following questions: “What would be a self-critical view of the relationship of cultural workers to their institutions? What does it mean if institutions, and their proxies, call for new “genres?” How can artists and others participate within existing institutional structures without compromising their own ethics and ideals? What forms of resistance are politically resonate and effective, both within existing artistic networks, as well as imagined ones? The idea of genre-fication is about legibility. But whom do we want to be legible to, or for?”

Find out more here:

Third meeting of “Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy” on 14 March at 16:00


This Saturday will be the third and final meeting of “Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy” starting at 16:00. This week we’ll be reading ”Further Considerations on Afrofuturism" by Kodwo Eshun and some excerpts from “More brilliant than the sun," also by Eshun, and a chapter from Benjamin Noy’s “Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism." All relevant links can be found on the class page.

If you didn’t make it last time, but would like to attend this week, please do! Please make sure to add yourself to the class page if you haven't already as some more notes will be published in the next days. See you all soon.

Second meeting of “Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy” on 7 March at 16:00



This Saturday will be the second meeting of “Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy” starting at 16:00 (note the time change). As you can see from the image above, last weekend Sun Ra transmitted some light beams from somewhere on the astral plane that affected our screening of Space is the Place in delightful ways.
For this Saturday’s meeting we’ll be discussing chapters 5, 6, 7 from  “In a Qu*A*re Time and Place: Post-Slavery Temporalities, Blaxploitation, and Sun Ra’s Afrofuturism between Intersectionality and Heterogeneity,” by Tim Stüttgen. This was published by and is available from b_books. We also have a copy available at A Public Library, which can be accessed on Wednesday anytime between 14:00-19:00 or Thursday between 13.00 – 18.00. It will be located next to our other class readers.
If you didn’t make it last time, but would like to attend this week, please do! You can get caught up on what we covered, by watching Space is the Place, which is on youtube (start here). We also watched a few minutes from  Brother From Another Planet: The Sun Ra Story, which is also on youtube
Please make sure to add yourself to the class page if you haven't already as some more notes will be published in the next days. See you all soon.
(Photos by @berrigan.)


First Meeting of *Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy* this Saturday (28 Feb)!

Hi Everyone,
A quick reminder that the first meeting of *Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy* will take place this upcoming Saturday at A Public Library (Oranienstraße 72, 10969) at 14:00.
In advance of the first meeting, please listen to the Sun Ra lecture from UC Berkeley:
During the first meeting we will:
- Listen to some Sun Ra records (and maybe some others like Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, Art Ensemble of Chicago, etc.)
- Watch *Space is the Place* (link:
- Watch some excerpts from *Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise
* (1980): and *Brother From Another Planet: The Sun Ra Story* (2005)
- Maybe read some of Sun Ra’s poetry:
Please add yourself to the class page if you haven’t yet as I’ll likely be sharing a few more things in advance of the first meeting. 



The Public School Berlin at A Public Library


Hi everyone,


We have some exciting news: The Public School Berlin has a new home. We’ll be hosted by A Public Library, a new initiative currently located at the Bona-Peiser-Bibliothek in Berlin Kreuzberg (Oranienstr. 72, 10969 Berlin). We are grateful for all the support that our dear friends at Archive Kabinett provided for the school over the last three years and look forward to carry on this collaboration in a broader frame.


A Public Library will be open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons so future TPSB classes will be taking place on those days. We plan to schedule many meetings and classes in the coming months: Please take a look at the recent proposals and add yourself if you are interested; make new proposals for things you’d like to see happen; or stop by when we hold our first classes later this month. 


We’d also would like to do more classes in German, so don’t feel like you only need to propose in English!


Stay tuned for more information and hope to see you all soon!



TPSB Committee




es gibt Neuigkeiten: The Public School Berlin zieht um. Ab sofort werden wir von A Public Library gehostet, eine Initiative, die sich zur Zeit in den Räumen der Bona-Peiser-Bibliothek in Berlin Kreuzberg (Oranienstr. 72, 10969 Berlin) befindet. Wir danken unseren FreundInnen von Archive Kabinett für die Unterstützung in den vergangenen drei Jahren.


A Public Library ist geöffnet Mittwoch und Samstag, an diesen Tagen werden auch die Seminare von The Public School Berlin stattfinden. Wir freuen uns, in den kommenden Monaten viele Seminare zu organisieren: schaut durch die letzten Vorschläge, tragt euch als interessiert ein; macht neue Vorschläge für etwas, das ihr unterrichten oder an dem ihr teilnehmen möchtet; oder kommt zu den Seminaren, die ab Ende des Monats statt finden werden.


Weitere Informationen findet ihr auf der Website und wir freuen uns, euch alle wiederzusehen!


Bis bald,

TPSB Committee

The Public School Berlin in der NGBK (Oranienstrasse 25)


Do 14. Feb. 2013, 18h

Vorträge "Formen/Modelle der Bildung & Selbstbestimmung"
mit: Gernot Bubenik, Helmut Hartwig, Fakultät Null, The Public School Berlin, Demokratische Schule X
Moderation: Annette Maechtel

Die Veranstaltung ist Teil der Reihe "Eine Reise ins Innere der NGBK": Bringen demokratische Handlungsweisen in der Kunst- und Kulturproduktion Ressourcen hervor, die im Sinne einer selbstbestimmten Bildung genutzt werden können? Mehr Info:

Event will mainly be in German language. Check here also for English description:

Political Fiction: Opacity

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Hello Everybody!

As discussed in the last meeting, we will read and discuss Eduard Glissant's notion of 'Opacity' and the poetics of relations. I want to discuss the possible relation between opacity, eccentricity and  Deleuze and Guattari's becoming minor. We are creating a constellation...let's see how they work (or don't) together ...

Link to the poetics of relation (few introductory chapters) :

I'll upload 'For Opacity' and Glissant' bio  on very soon..

Caleb, can you please post something about 'Touching feeling' you were mentioning last time? thanks..

Reading for the next session:

- Octavia Butler, Speech Sounds (short story)

Someone last time mention 'Clarice Lispector' would be good to read a short story...

please let me know if you have any other suggestion!



First Meeting of neo-provincialism this Saturday

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 16:00
Archive Books , Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967
Find out more here.

Eccentricity readings

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Dear All,

I hope this note finds you well,

Next session: We will read together Gertrude Stein's short story 'The Gentle Lena' . here you can download the story + a bio for those you are not familiar with Stein's life and writings.


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