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Reading The Dispossessed
Location:San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries
January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the SFAC and Detroit based artist Danielle Aubert for a two-part program centered on Ursula K. Le Guin’s Utopian science fiction novel The Dispossessed (1974).
Often subtitled “An Ambiguous Utopia,” The Dispossessed follows a physicist named Shevek as he travels between the twin worlds of Anarres and Urras. After her first reading of the book in 2009, Aubert was so moved by its ideas and the possibility for a different social order that she began collecting used copies of the book for a project that would later become a book of her own. In 2015, Aubert published Marking the Dispossessed, a compilation of marks, comments, and underlines made by readers in over one hundred used copies of Le Guin’s seminal novel.
FRIDAY, JAN 19 | 6-8 PM
Pt. 1: Performance and Closing Reception
Doubling as a closing reception for the SFAC’s current exhibition An idea of a boundary (taken from the first paragraph of Le Guin’s The Dispossessed), this program will consist of an introduction to the project by Aubert, followed by a participatory reading of The Dispossessed and a moderated Q&A session with artist, sci fi fan, KQED visual arts editor Sarah Hotchkiss. Used copies of The Dispossessed will be provided. Gallery visitors are encouraged to participate but are not required.
SATURDAY, JAN 20 | 12-2 PM
Pt. 2: Reading The Dispossessed
Aubert and a handful of local sci-fi enthusiasts will read from The Dispossessed with an emphasis on the marks found in over 100 used copies. Gallery visitors are welcome to sit and listen to the reading and to follow along with a used copy. This reading will be recorded.
Guest Readers: Sofía Córdova, Liz Hille, Courtney Johnson, and Dorothy Santos
To learn more about Marking the Dispossessed by Danielle Aubert visit http://www.danielleaubert.info/index.php/marking-the-dispossessed/