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Tuesday 26 April 2011. Part of ADA's Cabinet.

As part of ADA’s investigation into collaborative and participatory practices, ADA initiated a short-term reading group for the duration of it’s work period at BRAK#3 in Duende, in the month of April, 2011.

During six-sessions, texts reflecting on artistic production, modes of communication, political positioning and the meaning produced, were jointly and actively explored. This short-term exercise was intended to enable practical exploration of the collective endeavor to encounter each other through a collaborative working practice.

The following texts were read and discussed:

Session 1
The Author as Producer, by Walter Benjamin. And in addition the short text The Artist as Producer in Times of Crisis by Okwui Enwezor.

Session 2
The Emancipated Spectator, pp. 1-23, by Jacques Rancière.

Session 3
The Collaborative Turn, by Maria Lind.

Session 4
The Demands and Challenges of Committed Participation, by Mika Hannula.

Session 5
Maybe it would be better if we worked in groups of three? Part 1 & 2 of The Discursive, by Liam Gillick.

Session 6
Tolerance as an Ideological Category, by Slavoj Žižek.

Additionally to the activity of exploring the texts together, a beautiful, brand new, state-of-the-art, ping-pong table was made available by ADA for all level of sporting and recreational fun.

The table-tennis table.
The table-tennis table.
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Some of the texts available during opening hours.
Some of the texts available during opening hours.
The table-tennis table used for discussing the texts.
The table-tennis table used for discussing the texts.
Discussing the text by Jacques Rancière.
Discussing the text by Jacques Rancière.
A game of table-tennis.
A game of table-tennis.