05.09.2020

Sunday — 05.10.20 — Testing Assembling Second Edition — Videos from First Edition

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Sunday — 05.10.20 — Testing Assembling Second Edition — Videos from First Edition

CONTENTS:
0. Short Note
1. Testing Assembling Second Edition (This Sunday)
2. Some Thoughts (for Second Testing)
3. Testing Assembling First Edition (Videos)
4. Society of the Friends of the Virus (Small Note)

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0. Short Note

We want to write this short note to let you know two things:

One, that we will try to build on our first meeting last Sunday with a second test at assembling. The description is below.
Like last week, if you are interested to take part, we ask you to please write to:

mai [at] 16beavergroup.org

Two, we also have videos from last week, please see below for more details and the link.

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1. Testing Assembling Second Edition

What: Testing Assembling
When: Sunday, May 10th, begins 11:00 a.m.
Where: Online
Who: All are invited, please write to mai [at] 16beavergroup.org (to receive further details)

This Sunday, we would like to invite you to the second edition of our Testing Assembling.

We are still waiting to determine the more precise schedule. We provide a description below, if you are interested, please write to mai [at] 16beavergroup.org and we will confirm the schedule and details of how to access the meeting.

We are still testing assembling, in the sense that we would like to try different ways of meeting and thinking together (making use of the means of meeting remotely while attempting to also consider the limits and dead-ends of such means).

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2. Some Thoughts (for Second Testing)

Each of us prepares a question or two, a point or two, related to last Sunday’s meeting, something that was brought up, that resonates, needs attention and thinking.

(We managed to put up the recordings from last week to also allow others who could not attend to be able to participate.)
(If you were not able to take part last week, you can also join to follow the discussions but it will be useful to at least watch one of the movements.)

To make this assembling useful and our meeting meaningful, we encourage everyone to try to link their questions and associated points or elaborations to issues raised in the first series of conversations.

We are trying to build a process of thinking and questioning together and avoid the institutionalized approaches which foreclose any possibility to develop collectively a critical space for thought, action, and organization in whatever form that may take.

After each has shared their question with everyone, the rest who did not formulate a question will open the discussion. As you can imagine, we are trying to activate all the intelligences in the assembling space and encourage it. At the same time, we hope that it does not become a democracy of speech time as an empty formal and meaningless gesture without the necessary counterparts of listening, responding, considering, translating through another body, another affection and perspective.

It goes without saying that our invited guests from the first assembling are a core part of this continued conversation and will hopefully be part of this evolving process, whether on this occasion or subsequent assemblings. We will also be inviting other friends to slowly build up a suppleness to our responses to the virus.

Our horizon for organizing these meetings is not to fill content or fulfill a mandate for a job, institution, anything of the kind: rather, it comes out from and toward a care for our worlds-in-common. The exigency is communal, political, and based on affinity and friendship, which is also based on the establishment of relations and forms of organizing with one another that go beyond professionalisms and instrumentalisms.

We are all being or going to be called into processes which will establish, shape a ‘new normal’, to ‘return’, to go ‘back to work’, ‘back to school’, etc.: trying to create a space of thinking together in this moment is also searching for the terms to struggle within the cuts/ruptures the virus opens and understand what these fissures may mean and how they may affect the way we reimagine the politics and the necessary shifts in sense-abilities to come..

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3. Testing Assembling First Edition

We also uploaded the videos to the four movements we organized last week. Many interventions from friends including those whom we had invited to contribute:

Jean-Luc Nancy
Nazan Ustundag
Rolando Vázquez Melken
Nika Dubrovsky
David Graeber
Jaspal Singh
Hardeep Mann
Silvia Federici
Marcela Olivera
Sarah Lewison
Suely Rolnik

You can find links to the videos here:

http://16beavergroup.org/assembling/

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4. Society of the Friends of the Virus

We realize that these downloads are 7mb, for anyone who has low bandwidth and needs lighter files or simple text files, please write to letters [at] centreparrhesia.org
You can also visit the centre’s website for some translations in Spanish and Italian. We are working on translating additional volumes.

Volume 3
http://centreparrhesia.org/vol_3_society_of_the_friends.pdf

Volume 3 Supplement – Perspectives
http://centreparrhesia.org/vol_3_society_of_the_friends_supplement.pdf

Finally, both the videos and the texts are being circulated only through our mailing lists, hardly visible in the anti-social media. We put a lot of time in preparing them and we think they are of value. We are happy that they are shared in this organic manner, hand-to-hand, as a virtual samizdat.

Thanks to all who take part in that passing on.