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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.

Political Fiction: Minor Literature

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This Wednesday (19 September @ 19:00) we will be holding our first meeting of Political Fiction. The proposal and class emerged from discussions we had during The Aesthetics of Resistance reading group held last spring. For this week's meeting, "Rather than limiting the relation between politics and literature to a definition of Political Fiction as genre, I would suggest that we start our conversation from the more productive definition of 'minor literature.'" (from Federica who will be facilitating this week). Click here for the reading list. Also, we'll be planning out subsequent sessions at this meeting so if you have ideas on other things we can read in the future, please bring them! 

Hope to see you there.

Primal Mother-Phantasies

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Thanks for a great last class everyone!

To continue exploring the primal mother-phantasies we discussed refer to this text:

"From Proto-ethical Compassion to Responsibility: Besidedness, and the three Primal Mother-Phanasies of Not-enoughness, Devouring and Abandonment."

Philosophical Studies. Vol. 2 (Vilnius: Versus, 2006), 100-135

Discussion questions for Meeting #3

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  • Kester’s definition of “dialogical aesthetics” could be understood as a way of describing artworks that consist of more than one utterance made by different speakers. Bakhtin defines an utterance as a complete text/speech by one author/speaker, which is the appropriate unit of analysis in speech/art/literary communication, rather than structural linguistics which does not account for the role of context in meaning. Kester’s examples put forward the idea of plural authorship, as in more than one person involved in the production of one artwork/text. This seems to go beyond Bakhtin’s definition of an artwork as one utterance. Kester’s expanded idea of the artwork is, I would say, to use Bakhtin’s words a “sphere of communication”. What does it do to consider an artwork a “sphere of communication” rather than as a discreet text?

Notes on Meeting #2

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Last week we discussed Grant Kester’s thesis that certain kinds of art practice require a new understanding of aesthetics as “dialogical”. In contrast to the modernist avant-gardes’ emphasis on the idea of the aesthetic as a sudden somatic shock or epiphany that is then made sense of using a critical discourse, dialogical aesthetics occur over time, paralleling the continual performative constitution of subjectivity in discursive encounters.


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