Clouded Title 2020/21 conversations:
an online reading and discussion group.
These sessions are held on Zoom and a related online discussion space is hosted on Slack.
Email us to join.
Clouded Title continues its problematizing of the notion of ownership through interviews with people across disciplinary fields, as well as through an ongoing discussion and reading group which is open to anyone to join.
This research aims to tease out how different notions of ‘ownership’ are conceptualised and narrated, including how storied histories of ownership are performed within current understandings of who belongs to a community and how this bears on who is visible within the construction of public and political spaces.
The aim is to scope out various discussions of the spatial/material 'ownerships' (land/air/water/people/non-human beings etc.) and (il)legal frameworks that instantiate such ownerships (appropriation of land, use of human and animal bodies) as 'property.'
Clouded Title Conversations
In recognition of our community’s deep input to Street Road over our 10 years of practice, we are pleased to invite you to take part in these discussions, which draw on our past projects and on our community's perspectives to continue our ongoing investigations of ownership.
We foreground the aesthetics and metaphoric qualities of land ownership, taking in things like the real estate industry, mapmaking, and local histories, following Street Road's focus on visual culture and practice-led art, and the ways those intersect with our social and political landscapes.
Session 1 - Ownership and aesthetics
February 20, 2021, 2-3:30pm Eastern
Suggested reading: ‘Our violent commons’, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay in Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism,Verso 2019
Session 2 - Land, ecologies, and climate change
April 17, 2021, 2-3:30pm Eastern
In connection with the exhibition, Castor, by Matthew Shackelford
Suggested reading: Elizabeth Kolbert's Under a white sky: the nature of the future
Suggested listening: Should We Dim the Sun? Will We Even Have a Choice?’ (Feb 9th, 2021), a 1-hr. podcast interview by Ezra Klein speaking with Kolbert (a New Yorker environmental journalist) on her new book, and the debates around ‘dimming the sun’, CRISPR gene technology, and the possibility that alien life has visited our solar system.
Secondary reading: the reading list for Castor, compiled by M. Shackelford, focused on environmental urgencies in our area, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
June 19, 2021, 2-3:30pm Eastern
Session 3 - Borders and mappings
Guest speaker Kaori Homma will talk about her project Homma Meridian, an ongoing installation at Street Road and elsewhere, in connection to Street Road's forthcoming publication about the project.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83829934121
August 21, 2021, 2-3:30pm Eastern
Session 4 - The Christiana Resistance
In connection with Walking Forward, Looking Back by artist Carol Maurer, Street Road 2018.
Suggested reading to be announced.
October 16, 2021, 2-3:30pm Eastern
Session 5 - focus to be decided by the group
Reading(s) to be decided.
December 18, 2021, 2-3.30pm Eastern
Session 6 - focus to be decided by the group
Reading(s) to be decided.