The inaugural New York City series of the If I Can't Dance Reading Group
will take its lead from the focus of Edition V, exploring strategies of
appropriation and dedication in performative practice. Readings will be
shaped by the Reading Group participants, with an aim to consider the
act and presentation of appropriation within the greater social politics
of democracy and culture. The New York City Reading Group is moderated by Kelly Kivland.
In this first session we will read Isabelle Graw's ‘Dedication Replacing Appropriation:
Fascination, Subversion, and Dispossession in Appropriation Art’ alongside David Harvey's Freedom’s
just another word’ that situates the discussion on appropriation in the context of the recent history of neoliberalism.