Reading Group: Afterall Journal and The Political Animal

Afterall is pleased to announce a new series of collaborative reading groups with our first session led by The Political Animal taking place at Arts Catalyst, London.

To mark each new issue of the journal, Afterall is inviting a UK-based reading group to identify a text from the current issue and pair it with external readings and films. To celebrate issue 47 we will be reading Filipa Ramos’s text ‘Other Faces: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook's Interspecies Engagements’, screening a film by Rasjarmrearnsook and reading a secondary text focusing on the symbolic relationship between dogs and humans in contemporary Thailand. RSVP essential to to receive the pre-reading before the session.

The reading group will take place at Arts Catalyst within the context of ‘Towards the Planetary Commons: Reimagining Infrastructures for Autonomy’, an exhibition which explores the neoliberal policies imposed on communities of humans and non-humans to reinforce strategies of land usage which threaten biodiversity.

The Political Animal reading group was founded by Olga Koroleva in February 2016 and incorporates a monthly reading session and discussion, international exchange and exhibition opportunities supporting cross-disciplinary examination of inter-species relationships. Two satellite groups are based in Dublin and Edinburgh led by Jessica Conway and Tom Jeffreys respectively. Off-site collaborative readings have been held with The Showroom, Whitstable Biennale, Chisenhale Studios, Art Licks Weekend and Guest Projects.

Reading Group: Afterall Journal and The Political Animal Group
Monday 22 July, 18:30-21:00

Arts Catalyst
74—76 Cromer Street
London WC1H 8DR

The event is free of charge and all are welcome. Space is limited, RSVP essential to

Image: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, The Treachery of the Moon, 2012, video, 12min 37sec. Courtesy the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York