Reading: Alan Badiou’s ‘The Incident at Antioch’

Monday nights in April a group was bought together to read aloud a play about a girl called Paula, set in a time of revolution.

Paula tries to invent a politics that stays true to emancipatory desire but avoids becoming entranced by power; a politics that is not fixated with taking power, but with making it obsolete.

Just translated into English, this play, written in the ‘80s by a man now referred to as France’s ‘greatest living philosopher’, is part of a project to think the possibility of a new politics of equality which does more than merely repeat the revolutionary politics of the 20th century.

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(image where people are reading from phones is from the second reading where everyone forgot to print it out but tech saved the day.)

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