Text to Speech:
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Speaking Nearby and more…

Thursday, August 10
5:30pm Reading at CRAB PARK
9:00pm Screening at Golden Saucer Studio
(207 West Hastings Street, at Cambie, text 778-848-2877 for entry)
Free / Refreshments!

The next Text to Speech media reading group will pair a reading and a screening of work by the artist Trinh T. Minh-ha. Join us for one of our rare summer sessions at Crab Park, where we will devote our efforts to reading a short interview Speaking Nearby, and other small selections of the extensive writings of Trinh, while watching the sun settle behind the hills on the North shore. After the park (bring a blanket!) we will walk to Golden Saucer Studios to view a film together and continue the discussion. If it rains, we will start and end the event there.

Trinh’s work draws together necessary complications of personal and political intention, drafting an understanding of instability and hybridity in the position of the artist into the making of her work. She has been engaged in thoughtful formal interventions that disabuse audiences about the nature of ‘truths’ told in traditional forms of anthropology and ethnography through documentary film, for decades. All the while, she has been attending to the important groundwork of gender and cultural politics in her role as an academic who has ties across to communities across the globe.

Focused on writing about media, media art and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world, Text to Speech gatherings aim to build stronger community ties and knowledge in our field. In this reading group, participants will be provided with copies of the reading, and we will facilitate a group reading, discussion, and analysis of this text. Prior knowledge of the work is encouraged but not required, as the session will involve some form of introduction, and some portion of close reading (out loud).

PREVIOUS READINGS:
11 – Zoe Todd – Indigenizing the Anthropocene
10 – Benjamin Bratton: The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty “The City Layer”
9 – Wendy Chun, Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fibre Optics
8 – Cornelia Vismann, Cultural Techniques and Sovereignty
7 – Seth Price, Dispersion
6 – Bernard Stiegler, Automatic Society 1: The Future of Work – Introduction
5 – Ute Holl – Trance Techniques, Cinema, and Cybernetics
4 – Artie Vierkant, The Image Object Post-Internet
3 – Kaja Silverman, Introduction to The Miracle Of Analogy
2 – Bernhard Siegert, Cultural Techniques: Or the End of the Intellectual Postwar Era in German Media Theory
1 – Sadie Plant, Zeroes and Ones, Digital Women + the New Technoculture

For more details, or to request readings, contact media@front.bc.ca.