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Two Models of Inescapable Shock

By Mute, 21 June 2016
Image: Garments Against Women and Reproducing Autonomy book covers

Two Models of Inescapable Shock

Thursday 7 July 6-8pm


Marina Vishmidt and Anne Boyer in conversation

A Mute launch for:


Marina Vishmidt & Kerstin Stakemeier, Reproducing Autonomy, 2016


Anne Boyer, Garments Against Women, 2016


Richard Hoggart Building

Room 137a (main building)

Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW


About the books


Garments Against Women

ISBN: 978-1-906496-38-8

Boyer tests these conditions, putting their accidents on the page because others will have to go on doing so. She probes and tests, flinching, letting go and pushing on, up and downward. Made sick by ‘the supreme whateverness of upward moving depths’ – by the ‘unconstrained constraints’, the bullshit choice between happiness or infirmity – she senses what lies between the pages of the closed book (‘another veracity that includes conspiracy, corners, shadows, slantwise, evasion, unsayingness, negation, and under-the-beds?’) With her mind as the deadpan-logical mouse in this laboratory, Boyer tries to invert and hollow out the conditions, to lift the real from its carefully constructed frame.

– Mme Tlank

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Reproducing Autonomy

ISBN: 978-1-906496-99-9


Countering liberal conceptions of the autonomous entrepreneurial subject, Kerstin Stakemeier and Marina Vishmidt side with those cast in the role of the heteronomous, such as domestic and reproductive workers. From the vantage point of reproductive labour, Stakemeier and Vishmidt make a compelling case for the ongoing relevance of the notion of autonomy in the context of art, beyond and against modernist accounts of self-sufficient artworks produced and received by self-sufficient subjects. Vishmidt and Stakemeier operate like true feminist materialists, looking more than a little bit closer, and tarrying with thought as a mode of praxis.

– Sven Lütticken

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Related Events


* 28th of June, 2016 at 7pm *

Anne Boyer reading at Booksa in Zagreb


Anne Boyer will read from Garments Against Women followed by a discussion with Dunja Kučinac and Luka Ostojić


Booksa, Martićeva 14/a, Zagreb, Croatia



* Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7pm *

Berlin launch for Garments Against Women at Anagram Books


Anne Boyer will be reading from her new book Garments Against Women published by Mute


Anagram Books
Lausitzer Str.35
10999 Berlin



* Friday 8 July 2016 *


!!! Anne Boyer reading in Cambridge !!!

David Grundy

Lisa Jeschke & Lucy Beynon, The Tragedy of Theresa May

08 July 2016
7 for a 7.30pm start
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
Free drink


Anne Boyer is Kansas City-based. Her publications include The Romance of Happy Workers (2006) and My Common Heart (2011). Her most recent book, Garments Against Women (2015), has been described by The New York Times, a 'sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself.'

David Grundy's publications include The Problem, the Questions, The Poem (2014), Whatever You Think the Good Home (2014) and To the Reader (2016). 'with no catch to hold / what floods through the door'.

The Tragedy of Theresa May is a sequel to David Cameron (2013).

* Saturday 9 July 2016 7pm-late *

Anne Boyer reading with Danny Hayward, Sacha Kahir, Hestia Peppe, Eirik Steinhoff and Keston Sutherland as part of Bad Feelings launch and party at T-Chances


Launching three new books:

Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe, Bad Feelings, Anguish Language: Writing and Crisis


Tickets: £3 in advance. Unwaged donations
Advance tickets:

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