Selections from the short stories and parables of Franz Kafka

February’s Reading: Selections from the short stories and parables of Franz Kafka
Wednesday February 16 2011 7pm Salon Free
Facilitated by Alex Muir

For February, nestled within the Imminent Future events and the Urban Subjects residency, No Reading will take a fictive turn. You are invited to join us to read selections from the short stories and parables of Franz Kafka. Whilst many of these works are incredibly brief, perplexing and seemingly inscrutable, they have held something of the influence of a neutron star on the ideas of Walter Benjamin, and others engaged with messianic history. The works voice fragments of a world that seems to conflate the mist-enveloped yesteryear of the fable with a subtle dystopic (often prophetic) vision of contemporary times. Situated at (or as) a point of recognition of a turn in social history, they have much to say about the psychology and affect of urban space. This world of mythical deadpan legalese is also, at times, wickedly funny.

Reading this material will likely produce a different engagement amongst participants than that which has thusfar been called for in the interpretations of the non-fictional works presented. We are curious as to how this difference will play out. It is our sincere hope that they might resonate with some of the other goings on of the centre during this month.

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