Radical Reading Assembly is a forum for new perspectives on art and politics organised by Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre. We aim to move theory out of academia into public spaces, and welcome anyone interested. You can read the book, check links and videos via lcac.org.uk, or just turn up and join in. All sessions are on the first Wednesday of the month between 6:45pm and 7:30pm.
1st November 2017 – Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre, M19 3PH
Timothy Morton – Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People
6th December 2017 – Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre, M19 3PH
Bernard Stiegler – Symbolic Misery, Volume 2: The Catastrophe of the Sensible
3rd January 2018 – Fred’s Ale House, M19 3PW
Judith Butler – Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly
7th February 2018 – Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre, M19 3PH
Rick Dolphijn & Iris van der Tuin – Interview with Rosi Braidotti
7th March 2018 – Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre, M19 3PH
Jane Bennett – Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things
4th April 2018 – Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre, M19 3PH
Bruno Latour & Christophe Leclercq – Reset Modernity!
2nd May 2018 – Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre, M19 3PH
Ravi Sumdaram – Post-Postcolonial Sensory Infrastructure
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.