Horizons of the Commons: Possibilities of Unionising in the Arts




Led by Aria Spinelli, Vlad Morariu and Stevphen Shukaitis. With Vladan Jeremic (Belgrade).

This session is a combined presentation and discussion format based around histories of art strikes and artists unions. The presentation will introduce the history of the art strike through its multiple iterations and mutations, and union organizing by artists. These histories show how both the art strike and artists union expand from a focus on art institutions to the role of the artist, and then more generally to interrupting the role of the arts and artistic labour in the cultural economy and creative city. Both the art strike and artists unions provide ways to ferment new antagonistic subjectivities. This will be used to introduce a series of questions for discussion and reflection. What is the use and value of art strikes and artists unions for rethinking and reworking the relationship between art and labour today? How is it possible to ‘down tools’ for cultural and artistic labour when such tools are compromised by critical portions of our ability to think, communicate and relate? If you went out on an art strike, what would your art strike be? If you wanted to unionize your artistic labours, what form would this take?

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Techniques of Art & Protest
September 18th 2015, King’s College London. Strand, WC2R 2LS

This event is organised by the Politically Led Art & Networked Knowledge (PLANK) research group, and supported by the Graduate School and the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, and the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London. Visit http://plank-network.blogspot.co.uk/ for more information.

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