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Ranciere: The Politics of Aesthetics (and/as an Ethics)
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I propose to have a reading group -- so, not so much as "teach," but maybe, more like lead/facilitate -- on Jacques Ranciere's _The Politics of Aesthetics_, in which we perform a close reading. (Among the many ideas and issues that may surface, I would like to extract an ethics from this specific book: So, the politics of aesthetics (and/as an ethics). This may lead to another reading group -- if the first one is "successful" -- whatever that may mean. It will be dedicated to Ranciere's _The Future of the Image_. This would include screening films (videos/DVDs) that Ranciere discusses in the aforementioned text along with a close reading (and viewing). Date: Sunday, March 16 and 23 from 11am-1pm and Tuesday, April 1 from 8-10pm. Location: TELIC Arts Exchange Facilitator: Robert Summers. Limit: 10-15 people Fee: $25.
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robtsum's picture

Just come -- even if you cannot pay via the Google pay system.

These classes are open to _anyone_ interested in Ranciere's theory of the politics of aesthetics. But, there can only be a MAX. of 15 people. I think anyone interested enough in coming to all three "classes" will have something important to offer.

I will get everyone's email on the first day, unless I can get everyone's now (mine is robtsum@gmail.com), and I will send out, email, reviews and essays of and on the book (_The Politics of Aesthetics_), which explain/explicate parts of the book, which is also, or actually, a series of interviews, which were then re-worked by Ranciere. Also, the introduction to the book is invaluable -- Gabriel Rockhill does an excellent job of politically, academically, and historically situating the book and Ranciere's overall project.

-Robert

thetvmovie's picture

I'm interested in Ranciere's ideas but have not read any of his writing. Would these seminars be geared only toward those who've already studied him?

I keep trying to sign up/pay for class and get kicked out of the system. Is anyone else having this problem? I am signed up for google account, but when I go to buy, error report comes up and page gets closed. Still interested in coming to class...
Thanks,
Tyler

robtsum's picture

You can buy Ranciere's _The Politics of Aesthetics_, which is the book we will be reckoning with, at Skylight Books (1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA., 90027; t: 323.660.1175). You will receive 15% off if you tell them it is for the Ranciere class at Telic taught/lead by Robert Summers.

You will also receive a bound journal on the first day of the class, which has been donated by Larchmont Stationary.

-Robert (robt)

This class will meet March 16, 23, and 30th (Sundays) from 11am-1pm.

robtsum's picture

Thanks ever so much for the update and keeping me so informed.
All my best, robt

The steps now are (a) committee needs to determine dates (b) we email everyone who said they were interested giving them the first chance to confirm their participation in the course (c) if there's any left over room in the class, it is offered to the public. I just need to hammer out some details with TELIC's schedule before I can give a definitive answer on (a), but will let you know as soon as I do.

- sean

robtsum's picture

Yes, of course, I will share any and all info on getting funds, etc.

I think it deeply important to have classes dedicated to reading philosophy and theory, which needs to happen outside of the university. I will keep you posted.

Please keep me posted on the working of getting this specific reading/theory group on Ranciere and the politics of aesthetics off the ground and going, and on meetings/discussions related to the public school. This is a brilliant and need venue, and I want to help in any way possible.

All my best, robt

Robert Summers, PhD/ABD
e: robtsum@gmail.com
alt e.: robtsum@ucla.edu

re: funding

This seems like a great option and it is certainly an inventive way for one class to support itself. It also seems like it might be possible to begin an ongoing relationship for reading/ theory classes? If you do go down this road, I hope you can post about your experience (what you tried, what the response was, what they wanted in return) as a sort of map for classes in the future.

- sean

robtsum's picture

I just signed up for the "deliberations list" -- I do want to be highly informed about this extraordinary thing Telic is undertaking and doing.

Ten people is good, but up to 15 is also just fine. Also ...

May I have permission to seek out funding? I believe they can help with the books and maybe donate funds. Another institution I can approach may also be able to donate funds for this course. Please keep me posted on this, so I may start the process of attempting to gather funding for the course.

Again, thanks for keeping me updated, and please continue to do so.

All my best, Robert

Robert Summers, PhD/ABD
e: robtsum@gmail.com
alt e.: robtsum@ucla.edu

Perhaps we aim for your original goal of 10 people and lower the cost to $25 for the 3 classes. The book would be dependent on the individual purchasing it (or maybe you could scan/ upload relevant texts to the link above?) We'd come up about $70 short for the class (about $320 without books), but one thing discussed in the public school committee meeting 01 and the deliberations list (you should subscribe!) was that each and every class doesn't need to break even on its own, but all classes taken together should.

So, in response to your question about other classes: they begin from the same formula and go through a process like this one. As of now, The Public School class is free (a necessary exception because it is a means of opening up the institutional processes); grantwriting will be a one-time class costing $20 (with no limit to enrollment). Several other classes are still too early in planning stages to know. The information will be made public as soon as it is resolved.

- sean

robtsum's picture

Good day,

Re: the cost of the Ranciere lecture/reading group.

Yes, I do not want to be paid. I can also co-pay for the course. Also, we can increase the group to 12-15, which is still a okay size, most graduate seminars have 15-20 people, but 15 seems to be the norm. we can also eliminate AV. It is not crucial. I will have free handouts.

I would like to do this at Telic -- i thnk it is the only way it will happen. Let me know how we can work this out -- lover the cost. Maybe it can be sponsored by Skylightbooks or some other independent business? I don't know.

How are other classes coming along? How much do they cost? May I know this info?

All my best, Robert

Each class fee is calculated approximately as follows:

(Hourly Teachers Fee X (Classroom Hours + Preparation Hours)) + Materials + (Administration + Overhead)

By foregoing a teacher's fee, the formula is "Materials + (Administration + Overhead)" or books + intern pay (class time + 3 hours) + space/ utilities, so about $400 total. If you're limiting the class to 8, this would be about $50 each for the 3 meetings (with projector, TV, book). What do you think about this, given your strong feeling about the class being free? One alternative would be to use the comments section to self-organize a class that doesn't require administration, space, or equipment... ( I have a hunch we can find an alternative for ordering the book - maybe there's other ways of lowering the cost ).

- sean

robtsum's picture

Thanks for keeping me posted on this. I hope it works out, and it should remain free -- I ask for no money. I can also order the book _The Politics of Aesthetics_ and get a 20% discount for the group.

This class is now in the planning stage, after deliberation at The Public School committee meeting 01. The person who proposed the class has been emailed to finalize details.

sean's picture

i think that makes sense - there's a number beyond which its hard to have a discussion. but maybe other people have had fulfilling discussion experiences in bigger groups?

robtsum's picture

including me ... 2 more. no more than 10. what do you think?

sean's picture

robert - how many people do you think makes a good number for this reading group?

robtsum's picture

If People are interested in this course, then please let me (robtsum: Robert [Summers]) know if a weekend is good, and if two days is good. I am open to ideas re: the length of this reading group.

You can email me at robtsum@gmail.com

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