Reading from Stefano Harney & Fred Moton’s “The Undercommons. Fugitive Planning and Black Study”
Conversation between Professor of Comparative Literature Frederik Tygstrup and Director of SMK – the National Gallery of Denmark Mikkel Bogh
16.00 Saturday 31. October – Dansehallerne
DEBT & STUDY
“The student has a habit, a bad habit. She studies. She studies but she does not learn.”
With the afternoon reading and conversation at WORKS AT WORK: duo works we invite for reflection on the mode of study: to study is, according to the philosophers Harney & Moten, an unfinishing mode, where people plan, do and write together inside the institutions without graduating, presenting, defeating. To study is a practice and a philosophical figure to be applied during and after education. When studying the term study, we get to ask ourselves: for whom do we study – for our parents, our CV, the State or for the sake of study itself? Is the mode of study a romantic dream of autonomous thinking? Or is it a slow practice threatened in times of Bologna, accreditation and self-management in (artistic) education?
The British Actor Jonathan Bonnici will be reading the rhythmic chapter “Debt & Study” from Harney & Motens “The Undercommons” on Saturday 31st at 4pm. The reading will be followed by a conversation between Professor of Comparative Literature Frederik Tygstrup and Director of SMK – the National Gallery of Denmark Mikkel Bogh about study, ownership and immaterial debt within academia and art, during study and in practice.
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten have collaborated on various projects over the past fifteen years, including a number of essays on the conditions of academic labor. Drawing from the black radical tradition, autonomist and postcolonial theory, they have elaborated an approach to politics that is more concerned with the less socially visible aspects of organization and interaction. In their book “The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study”, published by Minor Compositions, Moten and Harney draw on the theory and practice of the black radical tradition as it supports, inspires, and extends contemporary social and political thought and aesthetic critique. Harney teaches ethics and philosophy at Singapore Management University. Moten is professor at University of California Riverside in the field of black studies and works with the intersection of performance, poetry and critical theory.
Harney teaches ethics and philosophy at Singapore Management University. Moten is professor at University of California Riverside in the field og black studies and works with the intersection of performance, poetry and critical theory.