Design: Sean van Steenhoven
Design: Sean van Steenhoven
until 2 June 2024
Chapter two, reading groups and online publication

The reading groups are held in the lead-up to the Usufructuaries of earth convention to learn together histories and propositions of usufruct.


The “Usufructuaries of earth” focus on BAK’s online publishing forum Prospections is a slow-growing reader that undergirds the project as an usufructuary of knowledges, turning the project’s research into a collective resource. The reader is, to begin with, a constellation of archival texts. These are the texts that are read through a federated structure of three reading groups in Amman, Berlin, and Rotterdam.

These reading groups are held in the lead-up to the convention to learn together histories and propositions of usufruct that are then further unpacked during the working groups and public program of the convention. The discussions that emerge out of the reading groups mingle with the ideas of the exhibition and public program, and may generate newly commissioned texts, interviews, annotations, and artistic contributions also published as part of this reader-in-the-making.

Design: Sean van Steenhoven
Design: Sean van Steenhoven

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