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UPCOMING EVENTS
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& MOVING BEYOND
THE INDIVIDUAL

FT. SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR
+ AUDRE LORDE

 
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20.4.2017  mono.klub #50: Fatima Al Qadiri

 

The launch of issue #43 of interview magazine mono.kultur – featuring Kuwaiti, New York-based artist and musician Fatima Al Qadiri – coincides with the 50th edition of the mag's mono.klub series. To celebrate, mono.kultur is hosting a one-time exhibition of Al Qadiri's never-been-published photo series Bored 1997, which explores gender performativity. MORE INFO.



 
20.4.2017  Poesie und Tanz

 

For the month of April, ZEBRA-Poesiefilmclub  is exploring the poetic power that lies in combining language and physical expression through dance and performance. MORE INFO.
 



 


22.04.2017  Freeman's #3 Launch 

 

On occasion of the launch of issue #3 of Freeman's, an anthology from literary critic John Freeman, there will be readings and conversations by contributors on the idea and meaning of 'home'. Savvy Contemporary will also be debuting its new publication, The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse, which examines how 'witchery' phenomena manifests within cultural, economical, political and reliigious spaces in Africa and beyond. MORE INFO.



 

26.04.2017  Design fiction

 

"Design fiction: The linguistic turn" looks into the current fascination with fiction across art, design and architecture. Theorists and professors will delve deeper into the topic and debate issues – such as parafiction and algorithmic ambiguity – that emerge in EP2 Design Fiction. MORE INFO.
 




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Volunteer  ReDI School of Digital Integration 

 

Founded in early 2016, ReDI School of Digital Integration is a nonprofit organization offering IT education in the form of courses and workshops to newcomers in Germany who are seeking asylum. ReDI School is always looking for volunteers to help their students grow. GET INVOLVED. (Read more about the initiative here.)

 
 
*If you have any tips or leads on upcoming actions in Berlin, please email: lit.in.berlin@gmail.com Thank you!*
 

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THE ETHICS OF AMBIGUITY


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BY SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR


...it is said that despite the weaknesses of the flesh and that particular fear which each one experiences in the face of his particular death, the real interest of each one is mingled with the general interest. And it is true that each is bound to all; but that is precisely the ambiguity of his condition: in his surpassing toward others, each one exists absolutely as for himself; each is interested in the liberation of all, but as a separate existence engaged in his own projects.

97           For a freedom wills itself genuinely only by willing itself as an
               indefinite movement through the freedom of others...

                                We have to respect freedom only when it is intended
               for freedom, not when it strays, feels itself, and resigns itself.
               A freedom which is interested only in denying freedom must
               be denied. And it is not true that the recognition of the 
               freedom of others limits my own freedom: to be free is not to
               have the power to do anything you like; it is to be able to
               surpass the given toward an open future; the existence of
               others as a freedom defines my situation and is even the
               condition of my own freedom.


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It is also a matter wherein each individual has to invent his solution freely.

 



SISTER OUTSIDER


"MAN CHILD:
A BLACK LESBIAN FEMINIST'S RESPONSE"



BY AUDRE LORDE




The strongest lesson I can teach my son is the same lesson I teach my daughter: how to be who he wishes to be for himself. And the best way I can do this is to be who I am and hope that he will learn from this not how to be me, which is not possible, but how to be himself. And this means how to move to that voice from within himself, rather than to those raucous, persuasive, or threatening voices from outside, pressuring him to be what the world wants him to be.
THE ETHICS OF AMBIGUITY


169

BY SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR


- CONCLUSION -

Is this kind of ethics individualistic or not? Yes, if one means by that it accords to the individual an absolute value and that it recognizes in him alone the power of laying the foundations of his own existence... 

But it is not solipsistic, since the individual is defined only by his relationship to the world and to other individuals; he exists only by transcending himself, and his freedom can be achieved only through the freedom of others. He justifies his existence by a movement which, like freedom, springs from his heart but which leads outside of him.
               This individualism does not lead to the anarchy of personal whim. Man is free; but he finds his law in his very freedom. First, he must assume his freedom and not flee it; he assumes it by a constructive movement: one does not exist without doing something; and also by a negative movement which rejects oppression for oneself and others... 

                A conquest of this kind is never finished;
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