Reading List: On Practice

This reading list is compiled by Civic & Education programme curators, Jemma Egan, Layla Gatens, Lizzie Graham, Amal Khalaf and Alex Thorp on the occasion of the release of a new Serpentine Podcast series, On Practice.

On Practice is a three-part podcast series exploring why and how artists use practices such as cooking, listening and walking to bring people together to work towards change. Over the last year, through the Covid pandemic, the impact of our actions on others and the interdependence of individuals and communities has been made more apparent than ever. As the world adapts to new ways of being this three-part podcast series explores the practices that can sustain us individually and collectively – focusing on Cooking, Listening and Walking.

Hosts Amal Khalaf and Alex Thorp welcome artists, collaborators and friends to explore ideas and projects developed as part of Serpentine’s Education and Civic programme, which connects communities, artists and activists to generate responses to pressing social issues. These are projects that have been developed in collaboration with people, centred on the body, the city, and exploring the injustices experienced in everyday life. Hear from Ximena Alarcón, Ain Bailey, Sam Curtis, Katouche Goll, Tim Ingold, Fozia Ismail, Jasleen Kaur, Micro Rainbow, Elia Nurvista, Portman Early Childhood Centre, Ultra-red and Voice of Domestic Workers.

The books listed here are texts that have informed the thinking behind the Civic & Education curators programmes over the course of the last ten years.

Judith Butler, Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly

Christine Eyene, Cathy Lane, Salomé Voegelin, Sounds like Her – Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures

Lucia Farinati, Claudia Firth, The Force of Listening

Celestin Freinet, Cooperative Learning and Social Change: Selected Writings of Celestin Freinet

Katouche Goll, The Missing Piece of the Movement: Black Disabled Activism

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

David Harvey, Rebel Cities

bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

Tim Ingold, Lines

Lauren Istvandity,The lifetime soundtrack: Music as an archive for autobiographical memory

Jasleen Kaur, Be Like Teflon

Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice

Lola Olufemi, Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power

Simon Sadler, The Situationist City

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust

Ultra-red, Ultra-Red: Nine workbooks 2010-2014

Jo Lee Vergunst, Tim Ingold, Ways of Walking: Ethnography and Practice on Foot

Voice of Domestic Workers, Our Journey

Colin Ward, Streetwork: The Exploding School

About On Practice

Over the last year through the pandemic, we’ve seen more than ever how our individual actions impact others, how we’re all interdependent. This three-part podcast series explores the practices that can sustain us individually and collectively – Cooking, Listening and Walking – and how they can be used to bring people together to work towards change.

Hosts Amal Khalaf and Alex Thorp welcome artists, collaborators and friends to explore ideas and projects developed as part of Serpentine’s Education and Civic programme, which connect communities, artists and activists to generate responses to pressing social issues.

On Practice is produced by Reduced Listening.

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