4pm: Neil Transpontine – The radical History of New Cross
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How is the current movement at Goldsmiths situated in relation to the New Cross area and its history? In this talk/discussion we will be looking at the rich history of social struggles in New Cross and Deptford, including previous strikes, demonstrations and riots.
Neil Transpontine writes for the SE London blog Transpontine (http://transpont.blogspot.com) and the music/politics site History is Made at Night. He has previously written, under various guises, for publications including Datacide, Alien Underground, Mixmag, Eternity, Head, Transgressions and Woofah.
Activist art has come to signify a particular emphasis on appropriated aesthetic forms whose political content does the work of both cultural analysis and cultural action. The art collaboration Ultra-red propose a political-aesthetic project that reverses this model. If we understand organizing as the formal practices that build relationships out of which people compose an analysis and strategic actions, how might art contribute to and challenge those very processes? How might those processes already constitute aesthetic.
6 pm: Melanie Gilligan – screening of the recent film Popular Unrest with a discussion afterwards.
Gilligan works in video, performance, text, installation and music. Her new film, Popular Unrest, is a multi-episode drama set in a future much like the present. The film explores a world in which the self is reduced to physical biology, directly subject to the needs of capital. Hotels offer bed-warming servants with every room, people are fined for not preventing foreseeable illness, weight watching foods eat the digester from the inside and the unemployed repay their debt to society in physical energy. If on the one hand this suggests the complete domination of life by exchange value, do the groupings offer a way out?
8pm: David Burrows – talk
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David will give his impressions of the Slade occupation, and in relation to these discuss the subsequent occupations and teach-ins at Goldsmiths, the Slade, the National Gallery and the Tate. Beginning with theory and philosophy, David will then open the conversation more generally to the difference between fidelity and promiscuity, the role of violence at times like these, and the need for alternative fictions. He will refer to Franco Berardi, contemporary writer, media theorist and activist’s notions of autonomy and singularity and discuss THE BIG SOCIETY.