25 January 2024, 6:00pm
UKS, Keysers gate 1
COMMUNE: NIKHIL VETTUKATTIL
Ruth Catlow, ‘Translocal Belonging and Cultural Cooperation after the Blockchain – A Citizen Sci-fi’ (17 pages) in Radical Friends: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and the Arts (eds Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty), 2022.
The reading group is free and open to all, up to 16 participants. If you would like to join us, please register by emailing email@example.com. A pdf with the text will be circulated to all registered participants.
In November 2023, UKS launched the new event series COMMUNE, its name and logo borrowed from a contribution by British artist Tai Shani for UKS’ 100th-anniversary exhibition, which circled around conviviality and struggle, disagreement and discourse. COMMUNE invites local and international agents from the arts and cultural spheres to set UKS’ spaces in motion – both artistically and socially – as a flexible format that can span performances or one-night-only exhibitions, archival presentations and conversations or, as is the case for this third iteration, intimate reading groups.
On Thursday 25 January, participants are invited into UKS’ newly refurbished kitchen to engage in a reading group led by Oslo-based visual artist Nikhil Vettukattil, on a text by artist and researcher Ruth Catlow from the 2022 anthology Radical Friends: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations edited by Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty.
The essay, titled ‘Translocal Belonging and Cultural Cooperation after the Blockchain – A Citizen Sci-fi’, poses questions around belonging and community in translocal network cultures, radical imagination and processes of worlding. We will read and discuss the text and its ideas, led by Vettukattil. The event is free and open to all who register to participate (through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). A pdf copy of the text will be shared in advance.
Nikhil Vettukattil is an artist and writer based in Oslo. Upcoming projects include the spring* meeting at Performing Arts Forum (PAF) near Paris in March, an exhibition with Gabriel Alonso at Podium Oslo in April and a new commission for The Nordic Alliance of Artists’ Residencies on Climate Action (NAARCA) in May. He is a part of the Institute for Scene Experiments, an institution devoted to the investigation, production and dissemination of scenes.