¶ Study Object Room organised by Virgil B/G Taylor

Open reading group, for now and for later.

Slow, scatter reading with friends. Messy and incoherent, referential and gossipy. Bitchy reading. 

When the world ends we can read together, or at least hope we will. There will never be enough PDFs, enough links to send.

Each room resolves around a text, selected by Taylor’s invited study–friend. Following a reading–out–loud of the text, and a discussion as to why it was chosen, the text is opened up for examination by the wider group of readers. There is no requirement to read the text beforehand, we will encounter the text together in real time and share that encounter with later visitors.

A recording of the reading–out–loud, notes from the following conversation, and the text itself will be posted online at the ¶ Study Object Room website.

Study Object Room forms part of Desperate Living C-19.


Tiffany Sia

Thursday 9 July 2020, 17:00 UK / 00:00 HK

“The Commons: Infrastructures for Troubling Times” by Lauren Berlant

Tiffany Sia is an artist, independent film producer and founder of Speculative Place.

We are reading Berlant’s “The Commons: Infrastructures for Troubling Times” in the interest of exploring Sia’s abundant interest in the infrastructures we find in crisis and the role play we find in those infrastructures.

Sam Richardson

Thursday 23 July 2020,  19:00 UK / 11:00 CA

Sam Richardson is an often tired, but always interested, queer living in LA. She recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles MFA program in photography. We are reading Audre Lorde’s “The Uses of the Erotic” for this room.

Maya Binyam

Thursday 6 August 2020, 18:00 UK / 13:00 NYC

Maya Binyam is a senior editor of Triple Canopy, an editor of the New Inquiry, and a lecturer in the New School’s Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism program. For this room, we are reading an extract from feminist writer and independent scholar Sara Ahmed’s ‘On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life’.

Zainab Haidary

Thursday 20 August 2020, 18:00 UK / 19:00 DE

Zainab Haidary is a mixed media artist, writer, and filmmaker. She earned a BFA at the University of Art, Kabul, Afghanistan (2013) and a Diploma at Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany (2019).

Sophia Hussain

Thursday 3 September 2020, 19:00 UK / 11:00 CA

Sophia Hussain is a writer, cultural worker, and events programmer interested in digital publishing projects that challenge property relations.

Ashkan Sepahvand

Thursday 24 September 2020, 18:00 UK / 19:00 DE

Ashkan Sepahvand is an artistic researcher based between Oxford and Berlin. His practice is text-based and highly collaborative, taking form as publications, performances, situations, and study.


  • Further event information

    Each ¶ Study Object Room has capacity for 15 people and will last around 90 minutes. We will announce the text under discussion at least 10 days prior to each meeting.

    We invite everyone to join in the reading and dialogue and to do so with an eye towards liberation and a generous respect for each other.

    We will send you a link to the conversation and a PDF of the text shortly before the event. 

    There is no requirement to read the text beforehand.

    A recording of the reading and notes from the following conversation will be shared on the ¶ Study Object Room website here in a manner meant to encourage participation by those who, for whatever reason, could not join us in real time.

    Technical Requirements:

    As this is an online meeting, participants will need access to a computer capable of sending and receiving audio and video over a stable internet connection.

    ¶ Study Object Room will take place over open Skype calls, for which no account is necessary.

    Information with an online link and password will be distributed to confirmed participants in advance of our session.

    Please be in touch via the registration form or email nicola@studiovoltaire.org if you have any questions or accessibility requirements. 

  • About Virgil B/G Taylor

    Virgil B/G Taylor is an american faggot based in Beacon or London or Bremen or Berlin. He makes fag tips, an online speculative zine. He is one half of sssssssssSsss, a study-friendship with Ashkan Sepahvand and a member of What Would An HIV Doula Do?, a collective of artists, writers, caretakers, activists and more gathered in response to the ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic. His work explores histories of care and crisis, magic and toxicity. In addition to his art practice, which has been exhibited and performed in the US and Europe, he is a member of the editorial collective of PINKO Magazine, a magazine of gay communism. He was a 2017-18 Queer|Art|Mentorship fellow in Fine Art during which he was mentored by Carrie Yamaoka, a member of Fierce Pussy. He has a masters degree in Public Histories from Birkbeck College, University of London and is a Meisterschüler under the supervision of Natascha Sadr Haghighian at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen.