Fri, Jul 06|
Toronto Art Book Fair
"The Tyranny of Structurelessness: A Lecture on Collaboration" — presented by Damn Reena
Time & Location
Jul 06, 2018, 3:00 PM
Toronto Art Book Fair, 222 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
About the event
This loose group "lecture" will provide a spirited interpretation of the essay The Tyranny of Structurelessness by Jo Freeman (1970). Written after years of experience in the women's liberation movement, the essay deftly articulates the way power (and powerlessness) become manifest in even the most non-hierarchical and well-meaning attempts at collectivity. As Freeman writes, an "apparent lack of structure too often disguise[s] an informal, unacknowledged and unaccountable leadership that [i]s all the more pernicious because its very existence [is] denied." Damn Reena will contextualize Freeman's crystalline reflections on collaboration in relation to art and artists' practices in the present.
Damn Reena is a handful of persons recently assembled to interrogate collectivity and collaboration, and produce writing-based works as a group. This event will be presented by Jacquelyn Z Ross & Jaclyn Bruneau.