We're happy to invite you to this Saturdays publication launch of 'Could This Be Something Else', the result of a writing seminar at the Critical Studies department at the Sandberg Instituut in late 2017.
The word pareidolia is derived from the Greek roots para (‘beyond’) and eidon (‘image’). It refers to the psychological phenomenon of perceiving more than what is actually there; seeing beyond the image, or seeing the image beyond. This collection of critical essays employ pareidolia both as subject matter and/or as mode of inquiry. Whether in the building of paranoic conspiracy theories, the widespread practices of divination, or simply visual trickery, the pareidolic mode is a reminder that meaning isn’t necessarily fixed inside the object of observation, but can emerge from the attentive encounter with it.
In this publication the authors use misrecognition as a mode of imaginative apprehension deployed as a disobedient mode of looking, nurturing a capacity to see beyond what is supposed to be seen. It could take us to the edges of meaning, where other meanings might emerge – meanings that aren’t already inscribed, or fully legible. Appropriately for times of political and environmental crisis, the title begs the question ‘Could This Be Something Else’; less interested in what this is already, more by what else this could be.
During the evening the publication can be acquired.
Schedule of readings TBA.
Texts by Lucie Berjoan, Callum Copley, Mohamad Deeb, Vita Evangelista, Lucie Fortuin, Harriet Foyster, Silke Xenia Juul, Özgür Kar, Nemo Koning, Sekai Makoni, François Girard-Meunier, Maria Muuk, Asja Novak and Filippo Tocchi. Introduction by Amelia Groom. Seminar lead by Amelia Groom
A tetatet podcast with snippets of the evening, and conversation with authors of the publication, will be launched shortly after the event – stay tuned..