Textile Politics: Flags, Nets, Maquettes ~ Grant Watson's seminar from Confluence to Confluence

January 2024: confluence at NAC, Nida

This seminar will introduce the idea of a “textile politics” through a range of introductory texts. These include Bruce Robbins’ discussion of politics, aesthetics, scholarship and commitment, and the link between intellectual and artistic work and global urgencies, through his concept of the sweatshop sublime; Deleuze and Guattari’s use of weaving and felt as models for “smooth and striated space” and their compositional relationship to state structures and nomadic desert cultures; Sarat Maharaj’s discussion of normative and deviant genres in art, with reference to a mythological weaving competition between Athena and Arachne; and Jorella Andrews’ phenomenological approach to learning form textiles as “orphaned objects” where a history and meaning have been erased.  


Jorella Andrews. Erasure and Epoché: Phenomenological Strategies for Thinking in and with Devastation. Research Online, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2019.

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. “Smooth and Striated Space.” In A Thousand Plateaus, Capitalism and Schizophrenia. London: Athlone Press, 1992.

Sarat Maharaj. “Arachne’s Genre: Towards Intercultural Studies in Textiles.” In The Textile Reader. Edited by Jessica Hemmings. London and New York: Berg, 2012.

Bruce Robbins. “The Sweatshop Sublime.” PLMA 117, nr. 1 (2002): 84-97. 


November 2023: introduction days at PAF, St. Erme:

DAI-BULLETIN 2023—2024 nr. 1 November 2023