About

The Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on under-known and under-appreciated feminist texts, movements and struggles from outside the Anglo-American feminist tradition. The group was established in March 2015 by Helena Reckitt, at Goldsmiths, University of London and relocated in July 2015 to SPACE in Hackney, East London where it was hosted until April 2019. In June 2019, the group began a year-long residency at the South London Gallery focused on intersectional feminisms in the UK context.

FDRG sessions have been organised with Emilia-Amalia at Art Metropole in Toronto; in London at the Barbican Art Centre; Mimosa House, AntiUniversity; as part of The Table at the Swiss Church; and elsewhere in the UK at Grand Union, Birmingham; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; and Hypatia Trust, Penzance.           

Currently the group meets once a month, alternately on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the South London Gallery, and the second Saturday of the month at 4pm a non-institutional venue.

The FDRG welcomes feminists of all genders and generations to explore the legacy and resonance of art, thinking and collective practice from earlier periods of feminism, in dialogue with contemporary practices and movements.

Working Group

FDRG activities are initiated by a Working Group. Current members are:

Giulia Antonioli, Angelica Bollettinari, Lina Džuverović, Lily Evans-Hill, Sabrina Fuller, Haley Ha, Félicie Kertudo, Mariana Lemos, Ceren Özpinar, Sara Paiola, Helena Reckitt, Justin Seng, Ehryn Torrell and Fiona Townend.

Contact us:

If you would like to join the reading group mailing list or propose a focus for a session, or invite us to lead a meeting, please contact: feministduration@gmail.com 

Octavia Butler & Khairani Barokka

Octavia Butler & Khairani Barokka

Khairani Barokka, hate=/= poetry

Khairani Barokka, hate=/= poetry

Thu 6 Dec, 6.30 – 8.30pm
*Mimosa House, 12 Princes Street, London W1B 2LL
Free & open to all

led by Giulia Antonioli

Following recent meetings of the Feminist Duration Reading Group on writers of experimental fiction – including by Brazilian Clarice Lispector and Korean-American Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – this session puts in conversation Octavia Butler’s cyberfeminist novel Dawn with recent poems by London-based Indonesian writer and performer Khairani Barokka.

The meeting, which is led by Giulia Antonioli, is hosted at Mimosa House Gallery. It resonates with their current exhibition “Alter Heroes Coalition” that presents a series of artworks examining the concept of identity and its construction, cultural displacement, denaturalisation and becoming other.

Considering Butler’s novels to have operated as a critical reference point for several generations of theorists of feminism and cyberfeminism, from Donna Haraway to Sadie Plant and Luciana Parisi, we examine a text from the first novel of Butler’s Xenogenesis’ trilogy, Dawn, 1987. In a world devastated by a nuclear war that left the earth uninhabitable and humanity at the edge of extinction, Butler elaborates on the idea of anti-naturalism and the implications of alien becoming and becoming alien. For the characters of her novels the necessity of surviving forces them up against and beyond the limits of what it means to be human and what happens when gender, sexuality, identity, race and kinship collapse or no longer count.

Pushing the boundaries of poetry, performance art and storytelling, Khairani Barokka’s performative poetries examine how technology challenges understandings of nature and identity. Her works look at collective care and attention as the elements of psychic life that intersect with cultural, historical, and social constructions of identity and subjectivity. Many of her works look at disrupting hierarchical structures of power and heteropatriarchal systems of white supremacy and how these structures perpetuate an ableist world. She calls to attention traverses and trespasses of, to, upon bodies, both human/female and geographical/environmental, and draws precarious lines connecting points of toxicity and “unrest” in different nation-bodies of Southeast Asia. 

Texts

Together we read:

Selection from Octavia Butler’s Dawn, 1987

Poems by Khairani Barokka drawn from Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee and published in The Missing Slate.

No advance reading is required as we read together, out loud, on the night.

Khariani Barokka & Octavia Butler, Feminist Duration Reading Group, Mimosa House, London, Dec 2018. Photo Helena Reckitt

Khariani Barokka & Octavia Butler, Feminist Duration Reading Group, Mimosa House, London, Dec 2018. Photo Helena Reckitt

Khariani Barokka & Octavia Butler, Feminist Duration Reading Group, Mimosa House, London, Dec 2018. Photo Daria Khan

Khariani Barokka & Octavia Butler, Feminist Duration Reading Group, Mimosa House, London, Dec 2018. Photo Daria Khan

Khariani Barokka & Octavia Butler, Feminist Duration Reading Group, Mimosa House, London, Dec 2018. Photo Helena Reckitt.

Khariani Barokka & Octavia Butler, Feminist Duration Reading Group, Mimosa House, London, Dec 2018. Photo Helena Reckitt.

Feminist Readings, Hypatia Trust

Feminist Readings, Hypatia Trust

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector