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MELT Reading Group

Mariana Valencia

7:00pm – 9:00pm
July 13, 2017
  • $3 suggested donation, open to the public
  • RSVP encouraged

This reading group will focus on the book The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. We will specifically focus on chapters 3 Blackness and Governance, 4 Debt and Study, 6 Fantasy in the Hold. It would benefit everyone to read the whole book, a mere 175 pages of logic and poetically written theories on Blackness and Fugitivity. Our conversation will look to the the populous chorus of the Undercommons in the context of the United States through the topics of race, capitalism and history. We will look at how this area of study inserts itself into our creative and professional practices engaging us in dialogues about reading within the limits of marginality and improvisatory survival.


Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten

MELT Reading Groups provide an opportunity to gather socially to discuss critical issues that speak to the work and practices of contemporary dance and movement-based artists. The reading groups are free and are led by various writers, artists and seminal thinkers in our field. Each reading group is anchored by a text or texts made available in advance. Check the website for details and to download readings. RSVP encouraged, space is limited.

ASSISTIVE SERVICES: Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made two weeks in advance of the event by contacting Anna Adams Stark at [email protected] or 212.598.0551 (voice only).



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Mariana Valencia

Mariana Valencia is a dance artist. She has held residencies at Chez Bushwick, NYLA, Show Box L.A., Pieter Pasd, ISSUE Project Room, and is a current BAX AIR. Valencia’s work has been supported by the Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation, t...