Generalist Practice


Tuesday, 25 October 2011 - Tuesday, 22 November 2011


READING GROUP – A critique of exclusive knowledge production and specialisation

Five Tuesdays, 8pm-10pm, from the 25th of October
Texts for discussion week 1
• Paul Feyerabend – Against Method (he coined the term ‘Epistemological Anarchism’)
• Michel Foucault – What is Enlightenment?/The Order of Things
• Mary Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (specifically Wollstonecraft’s reading of Rousseau).
Texts for discussion week 2
Theodor W Adorno - Minima Moralia (1951), paragraphs (Aphorisms): 1, 79, 84, 86, 90 and 91
Pierre Bourdieu - The Forms of Capital (1986). Fiona has highlighted the pages she thinks are   the most relevant.
TED talks by Ken Robinson (18 minutes each)
Texts for discussion week 3
• Richard Buckminster Fuller - Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1968), Chapter 1: Comprehensive Propensities and Chapter 2: Origins of Specialization
• Paul K Feyerabend - Against Method (London and New York, 1993), Preface, Preface to the Third Edition, Chapter 16: pp 164-174 and Postscript on Relativism
Texts for discussion week 4
• Hannah Arendt - Labor, Work, Action (originally a lecture, 1964)
• Emile Durkheim - The Division of Labor in Society (New York, 1933), Introduction, pp. 39-46 and (part of) Chapter I: The Progress of the Division of Labor and of Happiness, pp. 233-243 (until the end of the first paragraph).
• Anton Vidokle - Art Without Work (article, e-flux Journal, November 2011)
Texts for discussion week 5
• Charles Esche - Include Me Out (extract from Steven Henry Madoff (Ed.) - Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century), Cambridge, MA, 2009)
• Marion von Osten & Eva Egermann - Twist and Shout: On Free Universities, Educational Reforms and Twists and Turns Inside and Outside the Art World (transcript of a conversation, extract from Paul O'Neill & Mick Wilson (Eds.) - Curating and the Educational Turn, London and Amsterdam, 2010)
• Florian Waldvogel - Each One Teach One (extract from Manifesta 6 - Notes for an Art School
The texts for each session will be available in pdf-format one week in advance.
E-mail for more information and to let us know that you are coming as places will be limited.
The reading group is the first stage of a project on the subject of generalism, or a critique of specialisation, which will eventually result in an exhibition.
Campbell Works, 27 Belfast Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 6UN