The Bad Vibes Club Reading Group

Next Reading Group: Wednesday 11th April, 7pm

Flat Time House is hosting The Bad Vibes Club in 2017-18, a forum for research into negative states, founded by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau in 2014

The next reading group we will be reading Feelings are Facts: A Life (2006) a memoir by dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer.

Please come along! All welcome, if you haven't managed to make the reading groups before, now is a great time to start.

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Previous Reading Groups


Wednesday 14th March

Shame in the Cybernetic Fold

This reading group is another Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick essay because the last one we read was so good. This one is called 'Shame in the Cybernetic Fold: Reading Silvan Tomkins' by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank.


Wednesday 14th February

We Found Love in a Hopeless Place 

We Found Love in a Hopeless Place (2015) by historian Gabriel Winant is an essay written for N+1 magazine, which sketches an historial arc through the development of affect theory. Taking in writers and thinkers such as Fredric Jameson, Silvia Federici, Foucault, Silvan Tomkins, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Ann Cvetkovich, Sara Ahmed, Lauren Berlant, Elizabeth Freeman and Wendy Brown, the essay examines the role of emotions in movements of the left in the 60s and 70s up to the present, with a slant towards how affect theory can be applied to the problem of how to engage with and remain active within contemporary politics.


Wednesday 17th January,  7-9pm

Touching Feeling

The first reading group of 2018 is a chapter from Eve Sedgwick's book 'Touching Feeling'. The chapter is called 'Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading, or, you’re so paranoid, you probably think this essay is about you'.


Wednesday 13th December, 7-9pm

Women’s Time

Beth Bramich leads a discussion of the text ‘Women’s Time’ by the Bulgarian-French philosopher Julia Kristeva. Published in 1979, the text sets out how concepts of time have been aligned with gender — in particular the identification of linear time and history with masculinity — and how this has informed and been critiqued by generations of feminists. We’ll discuss how the different models of time described and proposed by Kristeva relate to existing and potential political movements.


Wednesday 15th November, 7-9pm


Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau leads a discussion of the text 'Resentment/Ressentiment' by the Australian philosopher Michael Ure. The text outlines the history of the emotion of resentment — how it has been understood both as the basis of democratic politics and as a morbid, debilitating emotion. We'll discuss how different ways of understanding resentment can help us think about contemporary politics: Brexit, Trump and ethno-nationalism but also radical feminism and the black lives matter movement.

The Bad Vibes Club is supported by Arts Council England