We are going to kick off the new year by reading some Gilles Deleuze.
We thought that his writings on Politics would be a good starting point.
We propose to read the following two essays.
Postscript on the Societies of Control – Gilles Deleuze, 1992
Control and Becoming – Gilles Deleuze in conversation with Antonio Negri
We will be meeting to discuss the texts on Wednesday, February 1st, 6:45pm at Levenshulme Arcadia Library.
Manchester M19 3BP
The reading group is the first Wednesday of the month.
Look forward to seeing some of you then.
Our next reading group is next Wednesday 7th December at the New Arcadia, Levenshulme at 18:45.
We will be discussing a a book called The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten.
To try and keep it manageable we will be looking the first two chapters.
1. Politics Surrounded
2. The University and the Undercommons
It has been published a an open access book so you can freely read it here.
The next Radical Reading Assembly will return to the New Arcadia in Levenshulme on Wednesday 2nd November at 6:45pm.
The session is in the room upstairs and is about an hour long.
Last month we decided that we will continue reading The Exform by Nicolas Bourriaud. Its a pretty dense text and we thought it warranted an extra month.
The book is a fascinating reflection on the production of art in the age of Globalisation. Nicolas Bourriaud tackles the excluded, the disposable and the nature of waste by looking to the future of art.
It is available here.
Please feel free to join us whether you have read it or not.
He does a pretty good job of summing it up here.
We have been working with Manchester Libraries over the Summer to develop a reading group at Arcadia Leisure Centre and Library.
The sessions will run on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:45 – 7:30pm in the community room on the first floor. These are the dates for the remainder of the year: 5th October, 2nd November, 7th December
The first text will be Nicolas Bourriaud‘s new book The Ex-Form. We’ll focus on chapter 1 on the 5th October.
The Precarious University addressed questions concerning the commodification and privatisation of education, gentrification, social exclusion, and public art.
It was part of the Chorlton Arts Festival.
Saturday 21st May, 7pm, (Starting from) the Royal Oak pub, 440 Barlow Moor Rd, M21 0BQ
Dérive through the historic public houses of Chorlton
Inspired by the psychogeography of Guy Debord, this event situated the pub crawl as a form of experimental behaviour resistant to the present conditions of urban society.
Sunday 22nd May, 12pm – 3pm, Symposium: ‘Towards a New Concept of the Art School’, at ‘World’s Smallest Sculpture Garden’, 4 Corkland Rd, Chorlton, M21 8UT
This symposium was a critical discourse on the art school’s history and potential, and sought to construct a radically open and popular concept of the art school for the 21st Century. The sculpture garden was open to visitors throughout the day
Sunday 22nd May 4pm, Seminar: ‘Conditions of Class in Manchester’, The Beech’ pub, 72 Beech Rd, M21 9EG
This seminar raised questions concerning Manchester’s spectacular gentrification and the ways in which artists and art educators have responded. Readings for this event are available at http://
All events where free
The LCAC shop opened temporarily in the summer of 2015.
It was a high street hub of radical thinking, hosting meetings, discussions and a series of coordinated arts events – mostly on Levenshulme Village Green.
We worked with different sectors of the local community to address the relationship between land use, constructions of community, accessibility to the arts and the possibility of an urban commons.
On the Gorton border the runoff from the carwash stains the pavement by a fence that has collapsed. Over the A6 the broken stones are rearranged nightly, bridging the floodwater in the space of the tunnel after it rains. Time seems to be patchy around here, and can alter strikingly from one street to the next: it can be the time of the city, sometimes of the suburbs, sometimes it has a more rural quality. This temporal jumble can come into my studio, where water dries in washes, or crusts on the canvas- these works are mostly produced by the paint itself. I am more visible, as an author, when I leave tracks on the surfaces with a finger or with a brush. The contrast between these two means of applying paint allows processes of personal memory, and a more collective accumulation of material processes on the surfaces around the area to enter my practise. On installing this exhibition various works are left flat on the table by the window. Slowly the view from the project space begins to interact with the surfaces and structures outside and so returns them partly to the ruined fabric of Levenshulme, and in doing so questions their completion.
LCAC interview, Work No. 2, text and performance, 2015
Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre is a gallery without walls in Levenshulme, south Manchester. In this interview we discuss the impetus for the project and some of the themes it explores, focusing upon the institution’s first project ‘Work No 1’ produced on the 8th August 2014 and as part of the A6 Dialogue exhibition at Bankley Studios Gallery.
The context of the work is post-austerity suburban Manchester. The work seeks to operate between two aspects of urban development. In the first, council budget cuts (totalling £250,0000 since 2010) mean that Levenshulme residents have had to fight to retain their library and swimming pool. These services were saved in 2013 through a series of protests and occupations. In the second, city planning is still dominated by large scale architectural projects aimed at attracting investment such as: First Street North Development, ‘the first piece of the city designed to connect art with business and enterprise’; the proposed HS2 hub designed by Bennett Associate Architects; & the proposed conversion of the former Granada Television studios into Factory Manchester.