Text To Speech Reading Group

Text To Speech Reading Group

A reading group organized by Western Front, Cineworks and VIVO Media Arts Centre, focusing on intelligent writing about media, media art and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world. This project is a collaborative group discussion that is open to suggestions and diversions, aiming to build stronger community ties and knowledge in our field. The text to speech notion draws from the successful format of other close reading groups, and we will facilitate group reading, discussion, and participation. Prior reading of a given text is encouraged but not required, as all sessions will involve some form of introduction, and some portion of close reading (out loud). We will provide excerpts.

Trance Techniques, Cinema, and Cybernetics by Ute Holl (2015)
(from Heike Behrend, Anja Dreschke and Martin Zillinger: Trance Mediums and New Media. Spirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction)
Date: August 25th 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Sunset Beach

The Image Object Post-Internet by Artie Vierkant (2010)
Date: July 19th 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Western Front

The Miracle of Analogy: or The History of Photography, Part 1 by Kaja Silverman (2015)
Introduction, Page 1-13
Date: June 14th 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: VIVO Media Arts Centre

Cultural Techniques: Or the End of the Intellectual Postwar Era in German Media Theory by Bernhard Siegert (2013)
Date: April 18th 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Cineworks

Zeros and Ones: Digital Women + The New Technoculture by Sadie Plant (1997)
Date: March 9th 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Western Front


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