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  • “The Passions Are Proportional to the Destinies”: A Brief History of Utopian Socialism

    Long before the back-to-the-land-ers and hippy communes of the 1960s, there were the utopian socialists. Rather than advocating revolution or reform, hundreds of thousands of men and women set out to construct ideal societies in miniature - founding hundreds of communal villages across the United States and elsewhere. 

    Being organized in Utopia School | 1 meeting
  • UTOPIAN CINEMA: Film Screening & Discussion Series

    For at least 40 years, cinematic depictions of dystopia have been more or less ubiquitous in our culture. The converse, however - films about utopia - are extraordinarily rare throughout film history.This dearth of specimens is probably the reason why films depicting utopia have rarely been considered alongside one another or theorized as a genre.But we want to do just that.Each Sunday evening in October, we’ll watch a different “utopian” film and then discuss it as a group.

    Being organized in Utopia School | 5 meetings
  • Value, Capitalism, Communism

    A seminar led by Jasper Bernes. The seminar is designed to run for three sessions. For our first meeting, we will read a chapter — entitled Value, Time, and Communism” — that Gilles Dauvé has added to a new edition of his classic 1974 text, Eclipse and Re-emergence of the Communist Movement.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 3 meetings
  • Birdhouse presents 4-D Sculpture

    Birdhouse, the experimental art department of the Bay Area Public School, is pleased to announce our upcoming ‘4-D Sculpture’ survey course. Based on notes for a class taught by the American artist Paul Thek from 1978 to 1981 at a free art school in New York City, we will explore sculpture in the expanded field through the creation and group critique of students’ work. This class is open to beginning and experienced artists.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 2 meetings

     Se está hablando de «una modalidad existencial cada vez más frecuente: la de las ‘vidas grises’: hombres y mujeres jóvenes que están sin disposición a afrontar ‘lo intenso’».

    Being organized in Buenos Aires | 2 meetings
  • Training Spiritual Warriors : Conversations with Lynice Pinkard

    Please join us at the OMNI for informal conversations with Reverend Lynice Pinkard. We'll figure out what we're going to talk about when we meet: themes are likely to include empire, organizing, conflict, racism, justice, and love. Lynice Pinkard is a pastor, teacher, and healer in Oakland, California. Her work is dedicated to decolonizing the human spirit and to freeing people from what she calls “empire affective disorder.”

    Being organized in Bay Area | 3 meetings
  • Vampire Poetics

    Vampire Poetics will imagine what Vampire Poetics might be through reading and discussion of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Joseph Valente’s Dracula’s Crypt, Alice Notley’s Songs and Stories of the Ghouls and Jalal Toufic’s (Vampires) while keeping Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nosferatu, Shadow of a Vampire, Blacula and other movies, books, manifestations of popular culture and local politics in mind.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 1 meeting
  • Dialectics of Feminism and Technology

    Dialectics of Feminism and Technology, a class led by Alex Cruse Tues. 7-8:30 PM, in one of the Bay Area Public School rooms of the Omni, 4799 Shattuck(room locations will be more stable as we settle in to the building!)

    Being organized in Bay Area | 3 meetings
  • Society of the Spectacle: with Ken Knabb (7pm)

    THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE A discussion group facilitated by Ken Knabb Guy Debord's "The Society of the Spectacle," originally published in Francein 1967, is probably the most important radical book of the twentiethcentury. In this group we will be reading and discussing Ken Knabb's newannotated translation of Debord's book. The group will meet every Tuesday evening from August 12 through October 28(socializing 6:30-7:00, discussion 7:00-9:00).

    Being organized in Bay Area | 12 meetings
  • Chess Club

    playing chess together!

    Being organized in Bay Area | 5 meetings
  • Reading group for Bruno Latour: An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence

    This is a proposal for a New York-based reading group specifically focused on Latour's recent text: An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence (AIME). AIME is an effort to perform "an anthropology of the Moderns", in response to modernism.

    Being organized in New York | 1 meeting
  • Stir It Up! : A Soup Class

    We will gather to prepare, cook, and eat soup. Anyone who wants to make soup and/or eat soup is welcome to join us.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 6 meetings
  • Cloud-Based Institutional Critique

    Few corners of the art system remain untouched by the utopian solutionism of tech entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley logic. Rhetoric about “liberation,” “transparency,” and new “disruptive” digital models have begun to dominate debates that have raged in the arts for centuries, from the museum’s relationship to the public, the artist’s position in the art market, and the role of pedagogy and criticism in an ever-expanding, ever-commercialized art world. Recently several well-known examples have sparked passionate arguments from all sides. But is the art system broken?

    Being organized in New York | 6 meetings
  • Book’Em: Personal Archives + Open(ing) Access to Books

    Archives often refer to institutional collections (as monuments of modernity) while with recent technological development, individual users can access to and own more and more digital objects, and it seems urgent to address the question of personal archives, that presents to us at the same time an epochal change as well as a political question. This talk address three main questions: 1)Why is it necessary to talk about personal archives? 2) How can one define a personal archive and its difference from existing cloud computing services?

    Being organized in Berlin | 1 meeting
  • No More Bad Meetings

    This class will meet every other Wednesday from September 17 until December 17, 2014meeting (noun): a gathering of people for a particular purposeLearn how to hold efficient meetings, build common ground, make plans, and have meaningful discussions.The approaches presented in this class ensure that everyone's perspective is heard, and that what is important to each person, and their contribution, is honored in the final product or decision.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 8 meetings
  • Early Agamben: A Seminar with Adam Kotsko

    This seminar will focus on the early work of the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, beginning with his book 'Infancy and History: On the Destruction of Experience', with the possibility for continuing on afterwards with 'Language and Death'. Adam Kotsko is visiting the Bay Area and has agreed to facilitate the seminar. Come join the discussion on Agamben! Meetings will take place every Monday at 4:00pm, starting on June 30th. We'll read up to the first 34 pages for class number one and go from there.

    Being organized in Bay Area | 5 meetings
  • A Post-Occupy Introduction to the History of Radical Politics

    The recent economic crisis, the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, and the increasing precariousness of people--now in US and Europe as well--have all contributed to a sense that the world has reached a volatile moment. In fact, this volatility--the result of un- or underemployment, debt, and the foreclosure of political possibilities post-Occupy--is now, for many, our daily lived experience. This class will investigate the history of global struggles against economic inequality, racism, patriarchy, and other forms of domination that came into question during the Occupy movement.

    Being organized in Los Angeles | 4 meetings
  • Reading Testo Junkie

    In her thought-provoking Testo Junkie, first appeared in Spanish in 2008 and then published in English by The Feminist Press, New York in 2013, Beatriz Preciado outlines a new cartography of sexuality in what s/he calls “pharmacopornographic” regime, a bio-political mode of governmentality in which sexuality is controlled through the capitalist production of drugs and spectacle.

    Being organized in Berlin | 2 meetings



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