The Unforgettables Reading/Working Group

The Unforgettables Reading/Working group is a series of open to the public monthly meetings at the A.I.R. space running since late 2016, initiated by artist Ofri Cnaani and A.I.R. Executive Director Roxana Fabius. This group, formed by readers/workers from several disciplines and walks of life, brings to the front a combination of texts, artworks, and films. Every month the group looks at historic feminist and queer manifestos, science fiction, new feminist fiction writings, and theory pieces that help to imagine a future where no-one is forgotten.

Each session is led by a different member of the group, empowering the attendants to learn, and publicly share their thoughts with others. The Unforgettables Reading/Working Group embraces its origins, accepts the mistakes of the past, and aims to become more inclusive. We invite everyone to study, converse, and work together.  Studying side by side, the group works on A.I.R.’s non official horizontal and updated feminist library. An unusual unforgettable one.

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The Unforgettables Reading/Working Group 2018 is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant.

Season III (2018-2019)

Season III: Session 5
Tuesday July 9th 2019, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Christian Camacho-Light

- Sampada Aranke, Material Matters: Black Radical Aesthetics and the Limits of Visibility, 2017
- Shaka McGlotten, Black Data, from “No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies,” 2016
- SAVVY Contemporary exhibition essay Ecologies of Darkness: Building Grounds on Shifting Sands, 2019

Bonus Text:
- Simone Browne, Torches, Torture, and Totau: Lantern Laws in New York City from "On the Surveillance of Blackness"

Season III: Session 4
Monday January 21st 2019, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Sarah Demeuse

- Ursula Le Guin, Life on the Frontier, 1996
- Camilla Grudova, Unstitching, 2017
- Clarice Lispector, The Smallest Woman in the World, 1964

Season III: Session 3
Tuesday, December 4th 2018, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Diann Bauer

-Karen Barad, Troubling Time/s and Ecologies of Nothingness: Re-Turning, Re-Membering, and Facing the Incalculable, 2017
-Laboria Cuboniks, Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation, 2015
-Arrival, dir. Denis Villeneuve, 2016

Season III: Session 2
Monday, November 19th 2018, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Roxana Fabius and Patricia M. Hernandez

-Catherine D’Ignazio, Designing for Other (Than Straight, White, Rich Men), 2016
-Catherine D’Ignazio, Feminist Data Visualization
Silvina Ocampo, The House Made of Sugar.

Season III: Session 1
Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Renana Neuman

-Avery Gordon, Some Thoughts on Haunting and Futurity, 2011
Audre Lorde, Between Ourselves, 1976

Season II (2017-2018)

Season II: Session 9
Monday, June 25th 2018, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Ofri Cnaani and Roxana Fabius

-Layli Longsoldier, 38, 2018
Christina Sharpe, The Weather, 2016
Lucy Lippard, Undermining: A Wild Ride Trough Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West, 2014

Season II: Session 8
Monday, May 21st 2018, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Ofri Cnaani and Roxana Fabius

-Denise Ferreira da Silva, On Difference Without Separability, 2016
Clarice Lispector, Report on the Thing

Season II: Session 7
Tuesday, April 24th 2018, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Elizabeth Povinelli

-Elizabeth Povinelli, "Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism", 2016

Season II: Session 6
Monday, March 19th 2017, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by: Carlos Motta and John Arthur Peetz

-Carlos Motta, John Arthur Peetz, Carlos Maria Romero, The Spit! Manifesto, 2017

Season II: Session 5
Tuesday, February 13th 2018, A.I.R Gallery
Led by: Aya Rodriguez-Izumi.

-Octavia Butler, Bloodchild, 1995

Season II: Session 4
Tuesday, January 23rd 2018, A.I.R Gallery
Led by: Jack Halberstam

-Jack Halberstam, Trans* A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (Chapters 1, 2 and 6), 2017

Season II: Session 3
Monday, November 20th 2017, A.I.R Gallery
Led by Janna Dyke and Ofri Cnaani: On 'Good Life' and Ugly Feelings

-Lauren Berlant, Excerpts from Cruel Optimism, 2011  
-Sianne Ngai, Introduction on Ugly Feelings, 2015

Season II: Session 2
Monday, October 16th 2017, A.I.R Gallery
Led by Elizabeth Larison: On Identity politics and normativity/antinormativity in queer theory and queer theory's impact on the field of theory more generally

-Hilton Als, pages 11-51 of "Triste Tropiques" from White Girls, 2013
-Robyn Weigman, lecture "Eve's Triangles: Or Queer Theory without Anti-Normativity" 2014
-Rebekah Sheldon, Queer Universal2016

Season II: Session 1
Monday, September 18th 2017, A.I.R Gallery
Led by Park Myers: On Agency and Perspectives on Cognition and Feminism and the implications of the body and mind dualism, trends in neuroscience, and alternatives in philosophies of science from a feminist perspective

-Helena Knyazeva, Nonlinear Cobweb of Cognition, 2008
-Antonia Majaca and Luciana Parisi, The Incomputable and Instrumental Possibility, 2016
-Kate Shepherd, FWD: The Telephone Game, 2014

Season I (2016-2017)

Season I - Session 7
Monday, June 26th 2017, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Katherine Behar

-Katherine Behar, Introduction to Object Oriented Feminism, 2016
-Anne Pollock, Queering Endocrine Disruption2016
-Katherine Behar, Facing Necrophilia or 'Botox Ethics'2016

Season I - Session 6
Monday, May 22nd 2017, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Christian Camacho-Light and Roxana Fabius

-Donna Kate Rushin, "The Bridge Poem" from This Bridge Called My Back (ed. by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa), 1981
-Gloria Anzaldúa, "La conciencia de la mestiza" from Borderlands: La Frontera, 1987
-Rita Segato, "Patriarchy from Margin to Center: Discipline, Territoriality, and Cruelty in the Apocalyptic Phase of Capital", 2016
-Sofia Cordova, the performance "La Vedette de América", 2012

Season I - Session 5
Monday, April 24th 2017, A.I.R. Gallery
Led by Gabriela Vainsencher and Megan Pahmier
-Emily Dickinson: Article by her publisher (including poems and letter fragments), 1891
-Virginia Woolf, An Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own,Chapter 3, 1929
-Elena Ferrante (2 texts), Excerpts from letters to her editors, 2016
-Alexandra Schwartz, "The Unmasking of Elena Ferrante", 2016
-Adrian Piper, Art Criticism Essay Suggested Guidelines, 2016

Season I - Session 4
Monday, March 20th 2017, A.I.R. Gallery

Led by Ofri Cnaani and Roxana Fabius
-Hannah Arendt, "A Classless Society" from The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951
-Rebecca Solnit, "Short History of Silence" from The Mother of All Questions2017
-Emma Goldman, "Victims of Morality", 1913

Season I - Session 3
Monday, February 20th 2017, A.I.R. Gallery

Led by Roxana Fabius and Patricia Margarita Hernandez
-Donna Haraway, "Cyborg Manifesto", 1984
-Rosi Braidotti, "Four Theses on Posthuman Feminism" from Anthropocene Feminism, 2016, edited by Richard Grusin
-Joan D. Vinge, "Tin Soldier", 1974

Season I - Session 2
Monday, January 30th 2017, A.I.R. Gallery

Led by Amber Esseiva
-Judith Butler, preface from Precarious Life, 2006
-Zadie Smith, Speaking in Tongues, 2009
-Michelle Cliff, If I Could Write This In Fire, 2008

Season I - Session 1
Monday, December 12th 2016, A.I.R. Gallery

Led by Ofri Cnaani and Roxana Fabius  
-Shulamith Firestone, The first chapter of The Dialectic of Sex1970
-Karen Barad, excerpt from Posthumanist Performativity: Toward and Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter 2003
-Anne Boyer, excerpt from Garments Against Women2015
-Ursula K. Leguin, She Unnames Them1985