Slow Spatial Reader: Chronicles of Radical Affection

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How to dissent from enforced temporalities: essays from artists, theorists and more

This collection of slow approaches to spatial practice and pedagogy draws on the expertise of contributors from 24 countries on five continents. Each one brings distinct philosophical and disciplinary approaches—from spatially creative fields like architecture, sculpture, installation, dramaturgy and performance, but also research and activism—exploring how we think about and engage with space at a range of scales, tempos, and durations.

The essays chronicle projects and processes that amplify tangible and intangible qualities of spatial experience: reaching into the cracks of the body, probing the borders of atmospheres, and extending out across both geographical and epistemological coordinates.

The term "radical affection" was coined to unite those diverse approaches in a call for tender acts of individual and collective imagination through which new forms of caring and resilience might emerge. Slow Spatial Reader  is intended to spur meaningful dialogue between disciplines and cultures, inspiring not only a different velocity of engaging the world but also critical shifts in consciousness.

Like its predecessor, Slow Reader, this new publication is intended to inspire both a different velocity of engaging the world and critical shifts in consciousness that only slow thinking and practice can provoke.

Contributors include Lara Almarcegui, Marijke Annema, Martina Buzzi, Nicolas Buzzi, Sol Camacho, Cave_bureau (Kabage Karanja and Stella Mutegi), Renske Maria van Dam, Chiara Dorbolò, Cocky Eek, Anna Maria Fink, David Habets, Ian Hanesworth, Maria Hassabi, Beate Hølmebakk, Saba Innab, K? Kahakalau, Bronwyn Lace, Daniel Lie, Pia Lindman, Ruth Little, Megumi Matsubara, Ash McAskill, Salima Naji, Ligia Nobre, Alessandra Pomarico, Maria Popova, Raqs Media Collective, Jane Rendell, Angela Sakrison, Carolyn F. Strauss, Christine Takuá, Li Tavor, Alice Van der Wielen-Honinckx, Françoise Vergès and Sara Wookey.

Designed by Zuzana Kostelanská

Edited by Carolyn F. Strauss

Published by Valiz, 2021

Softcover, 352 pages, b&w, 6.25 × 8.25 inches

ISBN: 978-9-49-209597-8

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