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Comradeship Reading Group Application
Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, by Zdenka Badinovac, edited by J. Myers-Szupinska, New York: Independent Curators International (ICI), 2019

Thank you for your interest in joining ICI's 2019 Comradeship Reading Group as a core participant co-leading the monthly sessions. In this group we will bring together artists, curators, musicians, writers and other cultural producers to consider the twenty years of writing by the forward-thinking Slovenian curator, museum director, and scholar Zdenka Badovinac collected in her publication Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, published by ICI in 2019.

We will be considering how the breadth of material Badovinac covers in her collected writing intersects with our contemporary and respective work in the context of New York in 2019. Amongst these topics are questions of alterity, decolonization, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic models, instating institutions, parallel and subordinate histories, Laibach, punk and alternative music scenes, code switching, multiculturalism, duration and performance, standardization, the body as a medium for games of power and control, self-determination and self-management, IRWIN, hybridity, critiques of the modernist understanding of quality, quantification of everyday life, allegory, memory and sustainability. These are only a handful of the many incisive connections that Badovinac's writing elicits and which we look forward to drawing out and thinking through in conversation with you.

The Comradeship Reading Group discussions be open to the public and will be co-lead by 13-15 core participants that commit to attending a majority of the meetings over the course of 2019 and currently includes Kate Fowle, and Amanda Parmer. We ask that all core participants commit to attending three of the five meetings scheduled thus far, listed below, and nine of the fifteen that will be scheduled in total over the year. We will also ask that those selected to participate in this core group lead two of the discussions and contribute regularly to the conversation. The conversations will be open to the public.

For those that expect to have difficulty with meeting these requirements we respectfully request that you refrain from joining the group and elect to attend the individual public sessions that suit your schedule instead. Group members will be selected on the basis of their interests and ability to commit to the majority of meetings. In recognition of the time commitment and intellectual contributions of each member ICI offers an honorarium of $300 in recognition of their contribution.

Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to learning more about you.

- Independent Curators International (ICI)


See here for a preview of Comradeship:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CvVpO3PFLcvHU2yB8mirOILPxG_1UUHr/view?usp=sharing

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In order to enable the most fruitful discussions, ICI requires that core participants commit to at least three out of the five initial meetings. There will be fifteen meetings in total (remaining dates TBD), and ideally, members should attend at least nine of the total number of meetings. All meetings will be held at ICI: 401 Broadway, Suite 1620, New York, NY 10013 in the evenings on weekdays: 6:30-8:30pm.
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