Perverse Decolonization

• Sat 25 08 2018 •
Reading lounge session


Venue: Academyspace, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne
In English
Free admission

Reading Lounge Session is an extended meeting of Academy’s reading group, which since spring 2018 is dedicated to the Perverse Decolonization project.

The event will start with a workshop "Reading Troupe #12 – The reduction of politics to the identity of the self – reading around Vivek Chibber, Asad Haider and Sarah Schulman“ by Emma Haugh, an attempt to collectively enter the body of text through collage, improvisation and gestural response rather than analytic and academic language. Participation for the workshop is limited to 16 people. We will send you the texts upon registration but it is not necessary to have read the texts before the workshop.

In the evening, we will summarize and discuss the last two chapters (9 and 10) of the book of Vivek Chibber „Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital“ (Verso, 2013). There will also be a Skype session with the author and a sequence of the responses to the book by the participants of the group.

The event will end with a screening of a movie „Made in India“ by Madhusree Dutta. The filmmaker will be present and provide an introduction to the movie.

If you would like to participate and receive the texts please send an e-mail until 23 8 2018 to

Event schedule:

15:00-17:30 „Reading Troupe #12 – The reduction of politics to the identity of the self – reading around Vivek Chibber, Asad Haider and Sarah Schulman“ by Emma Haugh
17:30-19:00 Dinner
19:00-22:30 Session dedicated to the book of Vivek Chibber
21:30 -22:30 Movie screening: „Made in India“ by Madhusree Dutta

The Reading Troupe (RT) is a nomadic and mutating practice of performative and theatrical reading techniques. Incorporating improvisation, forum theatre, collage, bibliomancy, psychogeography and collective cut-ups. RT workshops are contingent to time, place and people. In RT sessions “readers” are invited to participate in an active embodiment of knowledge dissemination and production.

„Made in India“, direction: Madhusree Dutta, 38 minutes
A rural artist paints her autobiography, Bollywood movie icons' images get erased after the weekly run of the film, the national flag flutters on 150 kites, an installation artist paints pop icons on the rolling shutters of shops, religious icons jostle for attention with plastic flowers on the vendor's cart, metaphors of life cycle adorn the mud wall of a home, neighbourhood boys craft the tale of WTC and the sale of toy planes goes up. Symbols of nationalism become a fashionable commodity.
„Made in India“ is a film on contemporary visual cultures in India.
Camera: Avijit Mukul Kishore
Editing: Shyamal Karmakar
Sound: Vipin Bhati
Music: Arjun Sen

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation Alt text