Rereading Appropriation compiles texts read in the sister reading groups of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution during its Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication (2013–2014). The theme of Appropriation and Dedication reconsiders the artistic strategy of appropriation through later elaborated theories of affect, to explore how an understanding of ‘reciprocal investment’ reconfigures appropriation as an act that is based in connecting, acknowledging and being porous to material. The theme looks into the relations between property and propriety, ownership and authorship, subjecthood and agency, and departs from the scene of 1970s and 1980s New York and its globalizing financial relations, to move into other territories of practice and thought. The texts shared among the sister reading groups—which convened in Amsterdam, New York, São Paulo and Toronto—include essays from art history, feminist theory, political economy, anthropology, and artist’s texts, among others. It also includes new essays and short statements by reading group members, and artist pages.
Rereading Appropriation include texts by Richard Bell, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Adriana Cavarero, Darby English, Alfred Gell, Corinn Gerber, Isabelle Graw, Emma Hedditch, Bruce Hainley, Melanie Klein, Teresa de Lauretis, Sherrie Levine, Karl Marx, Helen Molesworth, Fred Moten, Adrian Piper, Henrik Olesen, Pauline Oliveros, Craig Owens, Suely Rolnik, Peter Stallybrass, Hito Steyerl, Ian White, and Slavoj Žižek. It also includes, essays by Kelly Kivland, Claudia Medeiros, Rachel O’Reilly, Alex Martinis Roe, the São Paulo Reading Group, the Toronto Reading Group, and Vivian Ziherl, and artist pages by Christian Nyampeta.