The Poetry Project

Reading Group

I saved this for you. — Reading Group with Shiv Kotecha and Joseph Yearous Algozin

Close-up of hands repairing a sock monkey's cheek in a still from Stab by Nayland Blake
Nayland Blake, Stab, 2013, video still. Courtesy: © Nayland Blake and Matthew Marks Gallery

After a very long year of being kept apart, this workshop will explore the aesthetics of sharing. We will ask questions such as: What are the gestures or the interpersonal behaviors we use to share objects, ideas and spaces with one another? What does it mean to save something for someone? What are the behaviors and the forms of attention that motivate the objects, ideas, and environments that we want to share with one another, and what are the terms and conditions by which writing and art engage collaborative modes of thinking or mutual understanding?

Against the stranglehold that social media and big tech would seem to have over our contemporary notions of “sharing”, this five-week reading group accepts its amorphous nature as a point of entry. We will collaboratively explore writing, art and music that engages with the phenomenology of sharing and mutual attention, the potential hidden in shared objects or in the communally constructed space, looking to the work of: Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Nayland Blake, CAConrad, Theaster Gates, Diana Hamilton, Saidiya Hartman, Trisha Low, Bernadette Mayer, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jeaninne Tang, Tourmaline, Asiya Wadud, and Simone White. Meetings will take place via Zoom on Tuesday evenings and will be facilitated by Shiv Kotecha and Joey Yearous-Algozin.