June 15, 2012 - June 16, 2012
History is made at night: A 24-hour event to launch Less Than Nothing
Cafe Oto
June 15, 2012 - June 16, 2012
5.30pm - 5.30pm
Cafe Oto
18-22 Ashwin Street
London, E8 3DL
Seminar, talk and reading of Slavoj Žižek's masterwork on the Hegelian legacy

Verso is pleased to present History is made at night: a special event over 24 hours at Cafe Oto to launch Less Than Nothing, the new book by the radical philosopher, polymath, film star and cult icon, Slavoj Žižek.

The event will start with a seminar introducing the thought of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel given by philosopher and writer Iain Hamilton Grant. Žižek will then give a talk, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and have books signed during a break after the talk.

"Only when the dusk starts to fall does the owl of Minerva spread its wings and fly." Hegel, Philosophy of Right

An overnight read-in for night owls and dreamers will begin at 10.30pm: a collective event of reading and performing philosophy, bringing into play the questions around language, subjectivity and experience explored in the book.

Sign up to take part in the reading here. We will send you a confirmation email once we have worked out the precise schedule. 

Tickets for entry to Žižek's talk are now SOLD OUT.

Entry after 9.30pm is £4 or free for reading participants and two friends. Entry for all is free from 7am on Saturday...


17.30 (Friday): Doors open
18.30-19.30: Introducing Hegel - a seminar with Iain Hamilton Grant
20.00-21.30: Talk by Slavoj Žižek & book signing
21.30-22.30: Break & doors open for reading. Teeth of the Sea will be playing music based around Brian Eno's three revolutionary beats... 

22.30 (Friday)-17.30 (Saturday): Readings from Less Than Nothing

Tickets: on sale from 11am, Wednesday 6 June here.

£12:  Entrance to Žižek's talk. This ticket price also allows you to stay all night for the readings.
Free: From 10.30pm, anyone taking part and reading a section gets in free. This will not get you into Žižek's talk or the seminar. 
£4: Anyone not signed up to take part for the reading only. This won't get you into Žižek's talk or the seminar. 
Free: Saturday daytime will be free from 7am until closing.

Other information:

Less Than Nothing will be available to buy at a special discount. Žižek's other books will also be available to buy.

The bar has secured a 24-hour license and will also be serving coffee and tea all throughout the event. Hackney council, incidentally, was much puzzled by the notion of a 24-hour book launch.

Feel free to bring pillows and cushions.