Coming April the Austrian artist Rainer Ganahl will be visiting ‘De Vleeshal’ to host a reading seminar in which he will discuss the work “The condition of the working class in England in 1844” by the German philosopher and political theorist Friedrich Engels.
This work was written by Engels, son of an industrialist, upon his arrival in Manchester at the age of 24. Amazed by the bad living conditions of the working class, he describes vividly what his eyes experienced in 19th century Britain. During the ‘Friedrich Engels Reading Seminars’ Rainer Ganahl, fascinated by the texts of Engels, will read together with a small group of participants parts of the work of Engels . This reading will be accompanied with a discussion, led by the artist, concerning the situation of society today. Reading seminars, on various political writers, have been part of the Rainer Ganahl’s practice for over a decade. Since the discussions are not meant to be an academic exercise, no prior knowledge on Engels or experience in reading political/philosophical texts is required. The discussion will be open to anyone and hence please feel free to invite everyone who might be interested. The book of Engels will form the basis of the discussion, however the discussion itself is completely open, in this way the group will determine where the conversation is going. As Rainer Ganahls puts it: “It is in the end also some kind of portrait of you, your city, and your generation.”
Rainer Ganahl will record and photograph the seminars. This documentation may later on be used in his exhibitions around the world. For more information on the work of Rainer Ganahl, just as on documentation of previous reading seminars, please visit his website
The seminars in De Vleeshal will take place on the following dates;
Thursday April 12th 20.00-22.00
Friday April 13th 13.30-15.30
Saturday April 14th 14.00-16.00
Would you like to attend the seminar and become part of an artwork? Please send an email with the date(s) you are available and how many seminars you would like to attend before the 2nd of April.
If you still have any questions, please do not hesitate to send these to Janna oud Ammerveld