The Ignorant Art School Sit-in Curriculum #3

Thursday 12 October 2023 - Wednesday 13 December 2023

A curriculum of one-off in-person and online discussions, gatherings, and screenings in collaboration with DXG: The Department of Xenogenesis

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Thursday 12 October 2023, 18:00 - Wednesday 13 December 2023, 20:00
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Sit-in Curriculum #3 is conceived and activated in collaboration with The Department of Xenogenesis or DXG, a time space enacted by The Otolith Group. The curriculum of events is an open invitation for interlocutors to think together critically. 

DXG is an experiment with pedagogy that emerges from and extends the research practice of The Otolith Group. DXG treats science fiction as a narrative vehicle that enables an imagination of scale which allows thought to gain traction upon the denaturalisation of the human, the extinctions of the earth, the necropolitics of technofascisms and the entanglements of global blackness and decolonization.

In assembling dialogues between the political aesthetics and aesthetic politics of science fictions, insurgent futurisms, chronopolitics, anti-colonial, postcolonial, decolonial and settler colonial theories, theories of anthropogenic and capitalogenic crises, and experimental musics, electronic and otherwise, the screenings, discussions, performances and reading groups that constitute the Sit-in Curriculum #3 aim at the interruption and suspension of colonial orders of knowledge production through an open invitation to all that wish to gain traction upon the convergence of multiple crises.

Participant information

Events are free, open to all and require no prior experience or knowledge to attend. Participants can sign-up via Eventbrite for one or all of the one-off sessions.

Sit-in Curriculum #3 | DXG: The Department of Xenogenesis

DXG #1: Thinking the Otolith Sigil 
Thursday 12 October 6-7pm (In-person)

DXG #2: Thinking Futurisms Critically 
Thursday 26 October, 6.30–8PM (Online)

DXG #3: Thinking Hydropoetics Critically 
Thursday 2 November, 6.30–8pm (In-person)

DXG #4: Thinking Butler Attentively 
Thursday 23 November, 6.30–8pm (Online) 

DXG #5: Thinking ‘The Idea of Black Culture’ Critically
Thursday 30 November 6.30–8pm (Online)  

DXG #6: Thinking with Improvisation Critically 
Thursday 7 December, 7–8.30pm (In-person) 


L’École du soir Cinéma 

Inspired by Senegalese film director Ousmane Sembène’s concept of cinema as ‘night school’ or l’école du soir for collective study, Cooper Gallery will transform into a temporary cinema over four evenings of screenings of moving image by The Otolith Group. Each screening will be complemented by audio recordings from The Otolith Group and responses from invited artists and writers in Scotland.  

L’École du soir Cinéma #1 
Otolith II (2007)
Wednesday 18 October, 6–8pm
Response by Rae-Yen Song

L’École du soir Cinéma #2
I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point And Another (2012)
Tuesday 31 October, 6–8pm
Response by Daisy Lafarge

L’École du soir Cinéma #3
In the Year of the Quiet Sun (2013)  
Wednesday 15 November, 6–8pm 
Response by Anne-Marie Copestake

L’École du soir Cinéma #4
INFINITY minus Infinity (2019)
Wednesday 13 December, 6–8pm
Response by Ashanti Harris and Sabrina Henry


Funding support

The Ignorant Art School at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. 

Logo block. Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Creative Scotland, National Lottery Funded

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Event type Gallery event
Event category Design and Art