Nov 2023–Jun 2024

Groundwork is a seven-month library residency at Canal Projects, New York. Over this period, the space will grow as a collective workshop for learning and convening—gathering together friends, old and new, to think and transform together.

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Groundwork Reading Group

organized with David Giles

Jun 5, 2024
Apr 3, 2024
Mar 6, 2024
Feb 7, 2024
Jan 17, 2024
Dec 6, 2023

Canal Projects, New York

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Can we redefine our futures through the redefinition of our forms? How might reading together itself be a transformative act?

Groundwork Reading Group takes place monthly from December 2023 – March 2024 as part of the Department of Transformation’s residency at Canal Projects. Organized by David Giles and Prem Krishnamurthy, the program invites participants to propose complex or challenging texts that merit collective engagement. Through a collective process, the group will identify readings for discussion, while also building an ongoing bibliography of transformative texts for our times.

Meeting 6: Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 6:30–8:30pm
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals by Saidiya Hartman
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Meeting 5: Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 6:30–8:30pm
The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study by Stefano Harney & Fred Moten

Meeting 4: Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 6:30–8:30pm
The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

Meeting 3: Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 6:30–8:30pm
Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire by Jack Halberstam
The Emissary by Yoko Tawada

Meeting 2: Wednesday, Jan 17, 2024, 6:30–8:30pm
On the Inconvenience of Other People by Lauren Berlant
Imaginary Magnitude by Stanisław Lem

Meeting 1: Wednesday, Dec 6, 2023, 6:30–8:30pm

David Giles

has worked at the intersection of urban policy, community development, and design for the last 15 years, first as the research director at the Center for an Urban Future and more recently as chief strategy officer at Brooklyn Public Library. He is interested in tactical urban design, public library innovation, community-driven planning, and convivial pedagogies. At BPL, David helped to design and launch the BKLYN Incubator, an innovation fund and support system for library-community partnerships. He has spoken widely on the changing role of libraries in the 21st century information economy. David lives and works in New York City and the Catskills.