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Imperceptible Strategies, Unidentified Autonomous Organizations :: A Drifting Seminar :: London, October 23rd, 2009 :: Anarchist and autonomous politics are often associated, in a kneejerk way, with a celebration of chaos and disorder: a rejection of all forms of organization. The reduction of radical politics to a cheap joke (‘anarchist organization, what’s that?’) comes to substitute for an actual understanding of autonomous organizational practices. Far from rejecting organization all together, the history of autonomous politics contains a wealth of different modes of organizing, from the formation of temporary autonomous zones to affinity group models, maroon communities to networks and collectives. These are forms of organizing that not always acknowledged as being organizations because they do not conform to what it is assumed organizations necessarily are: durable, static, and hierarchical. This understanding of organization obscures and makes difficult an actual engagement with the merits and weaknesses of different forms of organizing. But what would be found if rather than working from a fixed and unchanging concept of organization, one that excludes temporary forms of organization from consideration, it was attempted to tease out the organizational dynamics from all the temporary alliances and alliances that appear and disappear? Might it be possible that we are already enmeshed in a world of unidentified autonomous organizations, a milieu of potential liberation that has remained imperceptible because of a narrow understanding of what organizations are? And might it not be that this imperceptibly, rather than being a condition to be addressed as a problem, could rather be part of building of what Robin D.G. Kelley calls an infrapolitical sphere: a space for politics coming out of people’s everyday experiences that do not express themselves as radical political organization at all. The aim of this encounter is to explore the connections between anarchism, autonomism, and the revolutions of everyday life, drawing out conceptual tools useful to developing and deepening the politics of these infrapolitical spaces and organization. How can we strategize and build from the connections and movements of the undercommons, working from everyday encounters to compose new forms of social movement? How can we connect and work between spontaneous forms of resistance without forcing them into some larger form that ossifies them?
"Living on Third Street" Reviewed by Claudia Costa Pederson, Liminalities Book Review Living on Third Street: Plays of the Living Theatre, 1989–1992. Hanon Reznikov. New York: Autonomedia, 2009. 208 pp. Hanon Reznikov (née Reznick, 1951—2008) the producer, director and author of the productions of the Living Theater envisioned Living on Third Street as a document about the activities of the theater company that he helped run for twenty-three years. Published posthumously (Reznikov died in 2008) the book is an eulogy to his life work and to the theatrical encounter.
Oct 14 2009 7:00 pm
Oct 14 2009 10:00 pm
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Zines and Beyond: Independent Publishing in the Real and the Virtual Panelists: Michael Carter, Jim Fleming, Fly, Billy Miller and Seth Tobocman ABC No Rio 156 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002 Wednesday, October 14, 7-9pm “There is no apostrophe in zine. Zine is not short for magazine. A magazine is a product, a commercial commodity. A zine is a labor of love, producing no profit, and frequently a loss, of time at least. In a magazine, information is just another ingredient, thinly sliced layers to keep the cream filling of advertising from sticking together. Information is the reason a zine exists; everything else, down to the paper it’s printed on, is there to convey information.” -Larry-Bob, publisher of Holy Titclamps “The best zines, whatever their subject, do not inhabit a ready-made world; they create one unto themselves.” -Fred Wright, The History and Characteristics of Zines On Wednesday, October 14, 2009, ABC No Rio invites speakers with a wide range of backgrounds in zines, comics, radical book publishing and independent social networking sites to share their experiences and explore the role of DIY publishing. The five panelists will present their own experiences with independent media as well as consider its role for the distribution of political content in both the digital and print form.
"Art in Russia Under Attack: Artists, Curators on Trial" Konstantin Akinsha With trials, harassment, and other forms of intimidation, Russian authorities are striking out against curators and artists—who are, in turn, organizing projects that are increasingly provocative and political. During the Brezhnev years, when “unofficial” artists were under constant surveillance by “art critics wearing civilian clothes,” as the secret police were euphemistically called, Soviet intellectuals had a favorite joke: Bolshevik leader Lenin and Commissar of Enlightenment Lunacharsky pay a visit to an art exhibition in Moscow. Lenin looks at a painting by Malevich and asks, “What is this? Squares? Triangles? What does it mean? I can’t understand this art.” Lunacharsky replies, “To be honest, Vladimir Ilyich, I can’t understand it either.” That was the last Soviet government that didn’t understand art, goes the ironic punch line. Ironic because every Soviet government understood art very well: they understood that it had to be tightly controlled.
Jeff Luers Back in Custody After Mistaken Release PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Self-proclaimed anarchist Jeff Luers was released Friday after years in prison for setting trucks ablaze in an environmental protest — but he was back in custody within hours. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jennifer Black said a mistake was made in calculating the amount to time off Luers could get for good behavior.
ANC Atrocity in South African Shack Settlement On Saturday 26 September, Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shack dwellers movement, was attacked in the Kennedy Road settlement, Durban, by an armed mob chanting ethnic slogans and backed, fully, by the ANC. [The following is based on a report from an Abahlali member in Durban] Kennedy Road is one of the poorest shack settlements in Durban. Local police appear to be entirely complicit in these attacks, as do local members of the African National Congress.
Oct 13 2009 4:49 am
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Studies in Transversality: Militant Research hosted by Micropolitics Research Group Tuesday October 13th PUBLIC LECTURE by Colectivo Situaciones (Buenos Aires) 17.00 – 19.00 Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths College Wednesday October 14th PUBLIC SEMINAR with A Traversad por la Cultura (Madrid), Colectivo Situaciones (Buenos Aires), Euromayday Hamburg, S.a.l.e. (Venice), Universidad Nomada (Barcelona), and many others. 14.00 – 19.00 RHB room 342 (in red brick main building), Goldsmiths College Studies in Transversality is a series of encounters between researchers, cultural workers, and organisers who are concerned with the contexts and consequences of their practices beyond their respective fields of specialisation, and who wish to open new lines of subjectivation. This session is the first of the year and brings together the practices of Colectivo Situaciones (Argentina), and a number of groups who are researching and organising around questions of creative labour, knowledge production and contemporary social movements in the UK and Europe today. Working through the notion of militant research, the session aims to examine the separations between university based academic research, cultural workers, and activists, the reason why these separations exist, and to share the working methods of these groups.
Oct 15 2009 2:15 am
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TURN*ON October 15 to 17, 2009 Montréal You are invited to dress-up your pubes and play with your profiles with other sexy folks from all over the world for the upcoming fourth Artivistic gathering. TURN*ON brings together artists (aka "Artists"), academics ("nerds"), and activists ("rebels") who take charge of issues related to sex, technology and politics. We invite you to MAKE the world with and alongside them. The three-day gathering will consist of workshops, films, interactive audio and visual installations, performances, actions, discussions, as well as moles and infrastructural interventions for and within our movements. We want to turn to the potency of pleasure, curiosity, humor, and desire in order to TURN*ON that which has yet to be thought and experienced differently.
Oct 7 2009 5:00 pm
Oct 7 2009 7:00 pm
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War Resisters League Protest at Grand Central Station http://www.warresisters.org/files/GrandCentralflyer.pdf
"The Yes Men Fix The World" Movie Premiere Dear friends, After a very busy week - including a fake New York Post with real news (for a change), the launch of a nationwide civil disobedience program, some prime-time news, and even a night in jail - we are very happy to be opening our new film in New York City next week (October 7). But we need your help spreading the word. Our film's all about TAKING ACTION. We're even accompanying the film's rollout with a very pesky program that's all about saying: we all know what's wrong, now let's DO something about it. But it all starts in New York. If it does well here, theaters throughout the US will want it too. If it doesn't, they won't.
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