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MOOT: Museum of Obsolete Technology

portapack-womanFirst Gathering
Friday, February 27
4-6 pm
with Happy Hours

Join Juan Juarez and Joanna Spitzner to play with some old technology. It’s show and tell, so bring anything you may have and/or ideas for future gatherings. We’ll start exploring video cameras, computers, polaroids, typewriters and more.

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Writing for Artists

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Writing for Artists

Friday, September 13

with cocktails

This class is about how writing can support your creative work: as a means to help you formulate ideas, questions, and articulate what you’re doing. It is about furthering your practice through writing, although it is hoped the material generated will help any artist in writing statements, proposals, making presentations, critiquing, contextualizing your work, and laying the groundwork for a thesis.

We will be reading various artists’ writings, using different approaches to writing and sharing material with each other. The group will meet twice a month. Free and open to anyone.

The Art School in The Art School
1003 E. Fayette St., Apt 3

Questions? contact Joanna Spitzner at

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Judith Butler



Chapter 1: Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire , from Gender Trouble

Conclusion: From Paradoy to Politics, from Gender Trouble

Discussion April 5th @ 5pm

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roland-barthes Friday, March 22


Texts by Roland Barthes:

“Wrestling” from Mythologies

“Striptease” from Mythologies

“Rhetoric of the Image” from Image Music Text

“Third Meaning” from Image Music Text

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Semiotics, continued


Readings for

Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:30 pm

@ The Art School in the Art School: 1003 E. Fayette St., #8

C. S. Peirce_Logic as Semiotic: The Theory of Signs

Roman Jakobson_Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances

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The Artist as Archivist Panel at The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels

Catherine Lord, Harmony Hammond,  Ulrike Müller, Martha Wilson, Aruna D'Souza,

Catherine Lord, Harmony Hammond, Ulrike Müller, Martha Wilson, Aruna D’Souza

from the Feminist Art Project:

The Artist as Archivist
Chair: Aruna D’Souza, Independent Scholar
Panelists: Harmony Hammond, artist, writer, and independent curator; Catherine Lord, Professor of Studio Art, University of California, Irvine; Ulrike Müller, artist; and Martha Wilson, artist and Founding Director, Franklin Furnace.
This panel will address the question of artist’s archives — archives of artistic work, archives created by artists of work that otherwise would be lost to time, archives as art. While the archive has long had an important place in feminist art practice,  representing a crucial artistic strategy to deal with the exclusion of women artists from the museum since the early 1970s by creating and occupying alternative spaces, and while they have been often the richest site of feminist work within such institutions, we will pose the question of how these archives operate – both as a literal space and as a conceptual resistance – in relation to the museum, to artistic practice, and to personal narrative.

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Ferdinand de Saussure: Course in General Linguistics

saussure_arborFriday, February 22


@ The Art School in the Art School: 1003 E. Fayette St., #8

Reading: Pt1-2Saussure-Ferdinand-Course-General-Linguistics

Full text:

quick background: Semiotics for Beginners by Daniel Chandler


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Karl Marx: The German Ideology; The Fetishism of Commodities

Thursday, Nov 15
6 pm




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Frederic Jameson: Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Thursday, Nov 29


Jameson – Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Thursday, November 1

@ The Art School in the Art School
10003 E. Fayette Street (corner S. Crouse) Apt 8
(this is the Spark Building, we’re on the third floor. Enter through back door)

Benjamin, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction


Joanna’s slideshow about this text:

Notes on The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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