_In the Evening There is Feeling_ is DCA’s Exhibitions reading
group. It takes its name from Gertrude Stein’s 1914 book _Tender
Buttons_ and focuses, in an informal and welcoming way, on feminist
and/or queer texts from the worlds of art and literature.
This season, set alongside Douglas Gordon’s work that considers
relationships in different geographical and historical contexts in
both Poland and Germany, we are looking at a key early 20th-century
thinker on power and radical politics: Rosa Luxemburg (1871–1919).
Born in Zamość, Poland, Rosa Luxemburg is widely regarded as one of
the most creative writers of modern socialism and the foremost female
theoretician of European radicalism. Her wide-ranging and incisive
works, which include studies on capitalism’s drive for global
expansion, the relation between spontaneity and organisation, and the
inseparability of democracy and socialism, have made her a touchstone
for thinkers and activists around the world. Her fiercely independent
intellect and uncompromising defence of human liberty speak powerfully
to our present moment.
This session will consider a selection of excerpts from _The Letters
of Rosa Luxemburg_, reading some key correspondence written to
Luxemburg’s comrades, friends and lovers in her lifetime.
Digital copies of selected texts will be sent out to all participants
upon booking a place.
Image: Douglas Gordon, _k.364_, 2011 Video installation. Dimensions
variable. 51 min, looped © Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst,