m of care – oct 14
karaoke reading group
via simona ferlini on fb:
1. Pick a text you like from DG works (you can find almost all of them here: https://davidgraeber.org/ .. and if you need inspiration have a look here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/29101.David_Graeber
A good karaoke text is one that you like and one that is not too long – try to stay below 500 words or three minutes. You will be able to say a few words about the text (Why you chose it? Why is it interesting or important to you? Why are you moved by it?), but you don’t have to
You don’t need to be a professional performer to join our karaoke reading group. You can read energetically or in a monotone, declaim in a melodramatic way or with a softly spoken or whispering voice.
2. Submit your entry. You need to sign up in advance (see instructions at https://museum.care/reading-group/ ) so that we can call you up and queue your text. Please send us your (stage) name and text choice as soon as possible so that we can have a catalogue ready before the beginning of the karaoke reading group – although you can change your text up to the last minute (and by last minute I mean an hour before).
Perform a monologue or perform as a group. And if you choose to do so, don’t forget to send us all your names, so we can introduce you properly.
Suppose you found the perfect text for the karaoke reading group, but it is too long. That’s no problem at all! You can skip words, sentences or even entire paragraphs. If you choose to do so, just let us know so that we can provide the exact text to the audience.
notes/quotes from event (18ish):
mark (utopia of rules): ‘creativity and desire reduced to production and consumption are vehicles of imagination.. sv et al.. only small allowed allowed .. lopsided structures of imagination.. as alienation.. interp labor.. as primary form of labor’ – that imminent imagination touched on in 3 freedoms in doe.. tools we can use to better lopsided ness of imaginations
simona (against econ (2020) – magazine article on modern money): idea that money should be defended at any cost.. i took last lines.. ‘econ theory resembles shed full of broken tools.. designed to solve another centuries problems.. ie: distribution of work and resources.. today more about tech and care work.. need to draw on fem et al .. on *how people actually behave..t won’t be easy.. breaking thru neoclassical econ’s lock on institutions et al.. define our conceptions of human motivations/possibilities.. some shock might be required.. however it will come about.. books like this will play a crucial part’.. i think this is a political problem.. outlines what we are facing and the lack of imagination we are facing.. david’s fight against common sense/ideas.. that things are as valuable as much as they can be sold.. he tries to establish what is of real value.. quite an issue of imagination and breaking the moral philosophical building of neolib and capitalism..
*esp if legit free
nika: this was a very important book for david
robert zagler: amazing to be a part of these thoughts and how much the world is defined thru what we are able to think.. so much to discover and get a perspective on .. i wonder how much this spread what you started to do w the m of care.. how could this be in a vast way be spread? you are really lonesome most of the time w part of the world you have in mind.. then there is this karaoke and beautifully written.. creating world that is possible.. that’s not easy to share w other people.. a gathering like this is giving a feeling.. what will be the way to transform the world to get this sentence into the world
vassily: we still have a lot of work to do
nika: i’m not sure m of care is wanting to spread all over world.. we’re just experimenting w tools.. having lots of reading groups.. very often people don’t read.. so this was practical idea.. let’s read together.. thank you vassily for design.. i think design is very important
max (on social currencies and human econ 2012 412&425): ‘412: what distinguished human econs.. they recognized that chief system is the creation and mutual fashioning of human beings.. myth of barter has played key role in creating institutional arrangements that make it possible.. 425: on people being paid as debt.. flesh debt.. done thru mech of human econ.. means of calculating guilt and compensation.. change could only be affected by violence.. t.. only violence that could rip human being from .. daughter/wife/sister/friend.. to make exact equiv to anyone else.. ‘ brought humanity of economy to life.. how cruel econ has become.. really powerful
nika: i haven’t read this for long time.. i remember first time david sending it to me just after he wrote it
max: yeah.. very powerful.. very human
vassily: everything will be on file in m of care
simona: this text is good to show violence of econ.. we know.. but difficult to detect in how it actually works.. this text is so clear in showing it.. t
tom (fragments of anarchist anthro – 2004 – 46-47): ‘i’m proposing we engage in thought experiment.. what if we have never been modern.. so same as ancients.. diff ways to define modernity.. however defined almost everyone agrees that somewhere in 16-18th it changed and we became modern.. and that once we did.. we became diff creature.. but what if we gave up this? i’m not arguing that nothing important has changed.. by blowing up walls.. i mean blowing up the arrogant assumptions that we have nothing in common w historians.. ie: what makes us so special.. once we realize not so special.. can really think about what really has/hasn’t changed’.. i have background in human evolution.. fascinating how short back it goes.. missing aspects.. idea of civilization/modernity.. and need to broaden or horizons of what we consider in context to what we’re going thru now
mary (u of rules – 2015): of everything i’ve read from david this is what really speaks to me on a personal level.. what happens to people like david/me in today’s society.. about academia ‘as marketing overwhelms uni life.. generates docs about fostering imagination and creativity.. that just as well could strangle.. writing endless annotations of theories from 70s et al.. we’d deny rousseau et al tenure today.. was a time when academia was refuge.. now.. place for academic self marketers.. ‘.. either become self marketer or not wanted.. eccentric types don’t have an easy time in today’s liberal world..
jocelyn: why did david think those thinkers would not get tenure
chat: too eccentric
jocelyn: so sounds like he was endorsing them
steve: i think what david was saying.. not granted not because of scholarship but because lack of marketing.. ie: impact factor
mary: on spending time writing proposals rather than research.. so any idea has a problem.. can’t put on proposal et al
graeber grant law et al
jocelyn: that makes sense on trouble getting funding
vasilly: also .. he said hated going to conferences.. but something you have to do as an academic today
simona: i think david mastered this marketing thing very consciously.. begin of book.. how academy works and how not so many anarchists.. something that happens in med studies that shows part of this marketing and scholasticism.. that is people publish wrong stuff ie: vaccines produce autism.. because this makes impact factor higher.. because all people calling your article bs.. they quote you to prove you are wrong and this raises your impact factor.. many cases i see sci papers working like this.. publish or perish.. if write 15 articles a year.. can’t think.. need to take time and think about it.. this is another reason.. also spending so much time writing how you will foster creativity et al
mary: so no wonder everyone is going to copy/paste.. if have to publish that much
robert zagler: on losing quality of movement/thinking
nika shared in chat: Outside of academia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Perelman
nika (cultures as creative refusal – 2013 1-2): could someone help.. i’ve had a hard day.. i’m very grateful to be w m of care friends to be reading david’s words this year.. i’ll read from screen.. that’s real karaoke.. ‘cultural comparison as active force of history.. cultures are not just conceptions.. but projects which operate by rejection of other ones.. anthros largely do this.. compare cultures.. back and forth comparisons.. as marilyn strathern pointed out.. not just that we honor own common sense.. in some village et al.. we also create imaginary spaces.. by showing what seem to be commonplace are inversions.. from comparisons we develop our theories.. ‘
ah nika.. so much love
tom continues: ‘we have to use our own language.. unfortunate necessity considering way intellect life is set up.. one would prefer to carry out convo directly..’.. t
nika: when i was 12 i decided to be an artist.. so did what i needed to for career.. then when i met david.. started sending me files of debt that he was writing.. made sense to me because art is a common project.. a set of tools we can share that could be used to create a society we want to live in .. i think that text very well defined it all..
vasilly: thank you for sharing on such a difficult day.. next group.. another karaoke.. theme tonight was david’s work.. but we might change that next time.. so suggest a them.. we were thinking about doing something about debt book.. because 10th anniv.. but also something about care.. since name of group..
nika: thank you to everyone and simona for being w me this day (both on screen together)