Return of the Reading Loop

Reading Loop begins again on Thursday May 1st at 7pm, at FAGANS (Broad Lane) with Slavoj Zizek’s paper, ‘Descartes and the Post-Traumatic Subject’.

We’re going to use the first session to discuss whether Thursday evenings are the best time and also think about where we’d like our regular venue to be.

Reading Loop returns!

Over the last few weeks, a number of people have mentioned the reading loop to me and asked if we might start it up again…..

So – we thought we’d celebrate the arrival of spring with a fresh series, kicking off – on Thursday May 1st at 7pm, with Slavoj Zizek’s paper, ‘Descartes and the Post-Traumatic Subject’.

The venue is yet to be confirmed. Any ideas or offers of a temporary reading loop home, please email Amanda :


reading loop, wasteland planning, sound art

The next reading loop (Wednesday, May 2nd, 7pm, Bloc studios) will be a more experimental workshop, thinking through how a wasteland might be re-thought (and perhaps re-made?) through sound. We’ll be asking not ‘What do we want to see in this space?’, but: ‘What do we want to hear in this space?’ The discussions will feed in to the broader project to develop a live project in a wasteland in the Shalesmoor area of Sheffield.

The session will be led by Adam Denton and Richard Moran.

There is no set text as such for this week; rather, we suggest a variety of materials into which you might like to dip your toes before we start sharing and discussing our ideas!

Notation as Art

Text scores by Christian Wolff

Sonic Art

Stockhausen and the serial shaping of space (particularly the first 74 pages) –

Urban experiments in soundart and sonic space
Interventionists User Manual

Michel de Certeau, Practices of Space

Reading Loop, Wednesday April 4th 2012

The next reading loop – which will actually be a writing loop! – will take place at 7pm on Wednesday April 4th, studio 49, Bloc.

Following the planning meeting last week, we’d like to spend this session teasing out and jotting down some of the conceptual threads that have come to inform and structure our discussions over the last few months.

All welcome!

Reading Loop, Wednesday March 14th, 7pm

The next reading loop will take place in Studio 49 at Bloc on Wednesday March 14th, 7pm.

Building on the discussions we had last week about the function of municipal dog pounds in the city, we’ve chosen the following texts:


Suggested extra reading:


Yoshan A. Kennedy-Churnac, ‘The Weight of Words: Discourse, power and the 19th-century prostitute’

Reading Loop, Wednesday 7th March 2012

The  next reading loop will be about Dogs, Ethics and the City, and is being led by Bob McKay from the School of English at the University of Sheffield. As part of the Upperthorpe project, Bob is doing some research with students on his module Animal Writes: Beasts and Humans in 20th Century Literature on the meanings and representations of the animal shelter (actually in Netherthorpe… There are three chapter-length readings: the article by H. Peter Steeves, a continental philosopher, is a creative-philosophical reflection on human-animal relations; the one by Jennifer Wolch, a social and cultural geographer, is an argument for rethinking how we conceive of animals’ place in the city; and Clare Palmer’s article is an ethical reflection on Animal Shelters from a more or less Anglo-American philosophical framework. Please don’t feel obliged to read all three!

Reading Loop takes place in studio 49, Bloc, at 7pm.

For copies of the texts, please email


Reading Loop, 22nd February 2012, 7pm

The next Reading Loop will take place on Wednesday February 22nd, 7pm, in studio 49 at Bloc.

The session will be led by Angelina Ayers and Amanda Crawley Jackson.

The texts are:

Karl Palmas, ‘ “Deleuze and DeLanda: A new ontology, a new political economy?” ‘

and a series of sections from Iain Sinclair’s book, Ghost Milk:

Fence Wars, Raids, Funny Money, Against the Grain, Along the Thames from the London Stone, In the Belly of the Architect (particularly section on Superstructure)

Please feel free to dip in and out of these sections and to read only as many as you have time to read!

You might also be interested to listen to this audio piece, in which Iain Sinclair talks about the ways in which the Olympics have affected development in London.

There’s also a longer podcast here, a recording of Iain Sinclair’s talk at the If Conference in 2011.

Reading Loop today – Weds Feb 8th 2012

The next Reading Loop will take place on Wednesday February 8th, 7pm, in studio 49 at Bloc.

We had planned to read James Agee, but are saving this for another week due to not being able to get a copy of the text sorted – apologies! So, we’re going for another text instead and will return to Agee another week!

The chosen texts for February 8th are:

Doina Petrescu, The Indeterminate Mapping of the Common

Brian Holmes, Drifting Through the Grid