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  • The Manifesto of the Communist Party

      – Karl Marx

      Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1948, link
  • forward and final chapter

      – Georges Bataille

    • Uit: The Tears of Eros
    • City Lights Books, San Francisco, 2001
  • Introduction: Rhizome

      – Gilles Deleuze

      – Felix Guattari

    • Uit: Capitalism and Schizophrenia 2: A Thousand Plateaus
    • University of Minnesota Press, London, 1987, link
  • Accelerate Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics

      – Alex Williams

      – Nick Srnicek

      Critical Legal Thinking, 2013, link

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The Read-In Series is a collaboration between the Willem de Kooning Academy and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, for the minor Critical Studies.The central theme of the Read-In Series 2015–2016 is ‘collapsology’, a neologism meaning ‘the study of collapse’. The term refers to the title of Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens’ book, Comment tout peut s’effondrer: Petit manuel de collapsologie à l’usage des generations présentes (How Everything Can Collapse: A Short Guide to Collapsology for Present Generations) recently published by Antropocène (2015). In this work, Servigne and Stevens study the current state of unsustainable growth in all aspects of human life and culture and give practical advice on how to turn the future into a chance for real change after the inevitable fall of our current system. Closely related to the notion of ‘crisis’, ‘collapse’ is central to the tradition of critical theory, its history, and some of its present-day adaptations. This year’s Read-In Series texts are specifically selected to highlight different forms and perspectives on the subject of collapse understood as a necessary historical, socio-psychological, critical, and political phenomenon.

The Manifest of the Communist Party1
The first close-reading session focuses on ‘Bourgeois and Proletarians’, the first chapter of Karl Marx’s infamous Manifesto of the Communist Party of 1848. In this political pamphlet, Marx and Engels proceed to an analysis of class struggle as the motor behind historical developments and future changes in the society of their time. They predict the fall of the bourgeoisie is unavoidable. Just as the bourgeoisie had once defeated its political adversaries, the proletariat will prevail in the future. With their triumph, however, class struggle, and hence History itself, will have to come to an end.

The Tears of Eros2
In his last published book, Bataille traces the conjunction of the sacred and eroticism throughout history. Just as in previous works, Bataille breaks down boundaries between binary opposites to reveal the arbitrary nature of their culturally upheld antinomy. Like excess and play, eroticism constitutes a taboo-breaking strategy in Bataille’s writing that may defeat the limited understanding of the fundamental identity of life and death inherited from Christianity.

Capitalism and Schizophrenia 2: A Thousand Plateaus3
In this seminal text, Deleuze and Guattari develop their concept of ‘rhizome’, a descriptive and epistemological model used for many purposes, including data analysis, visualisation, and resistance to oppressive, hierarchical social structures. The rhizome also functions to challenge the dualist categories that structure prevalent modes of understanding the world, including those that hold academic and artistic work apart. The rhizome collapses epistemological boundaries and opens new perspectives on creative labour.

Accelerate Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics 4
The fourth and last close-reading session is dedicated to Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek’s controversial manifesto, written partly in reaction to Nick Land’s concept of ‘accelerationism’. Unlike Land, Williams and Srnicek argue that capitalism – accelerated or not – lacks the potential to cancel itself and create an alternative future. According to its authors, neoliberal capitalism needs abolishing once and for all to unleash technology’s hampered capacity to foster definite and positive social change. Only in this way can the collapse of the future be prevented.

WdKA|WdW Read-in Series, Florian Cramer, Yoeri Meessen, Esma Moukhtar, Catherine Somzé

Since 2013, the Read-In Series is a collaboration between the Willem de Kooning Academy and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, for its Critical Studies minor. During this yearly program students are encouraged to sharpen their personal vision on the social relevance of art and culture through confrontation with theories, concepts and analytical methodologies from the philosophical tradition of ‘critical theory’. The Read-In Series consists of four close-reading sessions followed by a symposium organized with and by the students of the minor. 

Read-In Series

Florian Cramer (1969, Berlin) is a reader in 21st-Century Visual Culture at the Creating 010 Research Center of the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. He obtained his PhD in Comparative Literature from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2006. Recent publications include Anti-Media (nai010, 2013), ‘What Is “Post-Digital”?’ (in New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader. Ed. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Anna Watkins Fisher, and Thomas Keenan. New York: Routledge, 2015), and ‘Depression: Post-Melancholia, Post-Fluxus, Post-Communist, Post-Capitalist, Post-Digital, Post-Prozac.’ (in A Solid Injury to the Knees. Vilnius: Rupert, 2016.)

Yoeri Meessen (NL) is Associate Director of Education and Public Affairs at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. He started at Witte de With as a curator for education and theory in 2013. Meessen initially trained as a teacher of Fine Arts and Art History and holds a Master’s degree in Arts, Culture and Media from the University of Groningen, specialising in arts and social theory. His initiatives include Studium Witte de With, a higher-education platform for art and theory, and Across the Board, a long-term platform for professional development through cross-disciplinary exchanges. Meessen has developed collaborative projects with various art institutions and schools including the Dutch Art Institute, the European Artistic Research Network, and the University of Murcia. He has lectured and given workshops at various institutions and art academies in the Netherlands and abroad, and, in 2015, he was critical referent to the Annual Rotterdam Lecture of the Erasmus University. 

Esma Moukhtar (1972, Rotterdam) studied philosophy at the UvA in Amsterdam. She has written about art and film for several publications, such as de Volkskrant, and other media. She has lectured art history, theory and philosophy at the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving Den Bosch, the Willem de Kooning Academy, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. She has worked a lot with students on thesis research as well, and still does. At the Willem de Kooning Academy she is currently involved in the Critical Studies minor, teaching critical theory and developing a new series of Read-Ins that focuses on the troubles, theories and politics of identity, such as gender, race, and sexuality. Moukhtar is working on a novel too, and is an editor for Perdu, a foundation for poetry, literature, art, and performance in Amsterdam, where she also lives.


Catherine Somzé (1977, Brussels) obtained her BA in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid. She completed an MA in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and an MA  in Film and Television Studies at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, also in Amsterdam. She was the chief art critic for Time Out Amsterdam and has written for national and international publications, including Art Pulse, ZOO Magazine, and Flash Art. She is currently a Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Erasmus University College and at the Willem de Kooning Academy, both in Rotterdam, where she developed the undergraduate Critical Studies programme. She is also responsible for theory and research at the Dirty Art Department of the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.

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