"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
25th – 28th August 2011
Open from 12 noon each day
Audio recordings released daily at http://autoitalia.tumblr.com/
Auto Italia in collaboration with Federico Campagna, Huw Lemmey, Michael Oswell and Charlie Woolley present ‘We have own concept of Time and Motion’: a four day event devoted to the idea and practice of self-organisation.
Featuring a temporary bookshop run by the new cooperative organisation Book Bloc, archival material selected by participating artists and commissioned furniture by Charlie Woolley, the exhibition space will become a base for the production of new work and ideas. Through a series of events this project will investigate pre-conceived ideas of self-organisation and the role of gender politics within this. The project will examine models of organisation especially from the position of an artist-run space, how this fits within a neo-liberal framework and is potentially complicit in the growing precarity of all labour. The project title references the fourth issue of the publication ‘Class War’, which controversially introduced Autonomist ideas to the London anarchist scene in the mid 1980s.
Workshops and panel discussions will be held throughout the event by Auto Italia, Book Bloc and the Deterritorial Support Group, along with daily podcasts recorded and distributed online. A new publication will be produced outlining the live programme along with interviews and discussions from Art Torrents and AAAAARG amongst others, with an additional supplement made during the course of the project in the exhibition space by Michael Oswell.
‘We have our own idea of Time and Motion’ comes from a network of artists who have formed around Auto Italia. It is a product of artists finding affinity with each others’ projects, ideas and aspirations. It draws on the intangible expertise, knowledge and network which Auto Italia is a part of and will produce new information that can develop a wider narrative for the future of grass-roots projects and artist-led organisations.
Thursday 25th August
1pm – Workshop lead by the Free Association
The Free Association is a developing of people loosely based in Leeds exploring writing, collective reading and the notion of affinity.
7pm – Mark Fisher in conversation with Marina Vishmidt
Mark Fisher and Marina Vishmidt will be considering whether art work (as comparable to housework) provides a possibility for a post-capitalist future.
Mark Fisher is the author of Capitalist Realism (Zer0, 2009). He writes regularly for Film Quarterly, Sight&Sound and The Wire, and on his own weblog, k-punk. He teaches at the University of East London, Goldsmiths, University of London and the City Literary Institute.
Marina Vishmidt is a writer, editor, and a Ph.D. candidate at Queen Mary, University of London, who works mainly on art, labour and the value-form. She contributes to Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Ephemera, Kaleidoscope, Parkett, and related periodicals, collections and catalogues.
Friday 26th August
7pm – Presentation and workshop from Nina Wakeford
Nina Wakeford discusses self-organisation versus policing within the Women’s Movement in London during the mid 1980s.
Nina Wakeford trained in sociology and anthropology at Cambridge University and Oxford University (DPhil) before developing an art practice. She currently holds an ESRC Fellowship at Goldsmiths.
Saturday 27th August
6pm – Book Bloc launch
Featuring speakers from The Alliance of Radical Booksellers.
The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is a network supporting independent radical bookstores in the UK. They help with a variety of practical aspects of bookselling, as well as providing a sense of community.
Sunday 28th August
3pm – Nina Power in conversation with Franco Berardi Bifo
Federico Campagna, from online publishing platform Through Europe, chairs this discussion between two figures both renowned for their combination of critical thought and direct action.
Nina Power teaches Philosophy at Roehampton University and writes on many topics including, most recently, police and protesting. She is a founding member of the Defend the Right to Protest campaign.
Franco Berardi Bifo is a contemporary writer, theorist and activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978).