Reading Group: Dis/Ordering Senses

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Starting this February 24th, Ruslana Lichtzier will be leading our newest reading group, Dis/Ordering Senses. If you are interested in participating please email us a short paragraph detailing your interest in the group. Space is limited so please email us soon at

This group will focus on cultural manifestations that collide with our physical limits, collisions that expose the distorting moments of the not fully visible, audible and, or tactile. By centering upon reading culture through body sensors, we will pause the common chauvinistic attempts to penetrate other objects, and instead, communally rest in the inconvenience of the partially obscure that defines our surroundings.  This being said, the group will practice direct confrontational strategies by imitating pathological investigations. The structure of the reading-list is one which will utilize the historical classification of feminine mental disorders and their partial overcoming strategies. By this, it aims to encourage the group to read cultural narratives while examining ethical and political positions of the weakened, while practicing doubt.  

The syllabus is structured horizontally, the different sections are modular; the general order will be determined democratically by the group. Every other week two presenters will be chosen. They will be responsible for thoroughly reading the text, conducting background research on the selected piece and the author and constructing leading questions. For a full description, please click here!

 Reading include work by:

Derrida   Nathanaël   Blanchot   Batchen   Cixous   Pound   Olson   Morris   Dolar   Barthes

Groys   Boym   Hustvedt   Gay   Kelsey   Freud   O'Donoghue   Acker   Grigely   Kac   Ronell 


Ruslana Lichtzier is a Chicago based artist, writer, curator and educator. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, she received her BFA with Honor from Bezalel, Academy for Fine Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, and her MA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of The Art Institute, Chicago, with a Dean Scholarship. Her background is a principal force in shaping a cultural practice that is focused on creating new artistic, politically charged products, under a persistent reconsideration of the hegemonic canons. Currently, she is an instructor at SAIC, a Curatorial Fellow in the Chicago based Artists Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions - ACRE, where she is developing two group exhibitions. She is also at work on an independent project, titled, Terrorists In The Library.