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Stevphen Shukaitis on Sun, 18 Oct 2009 07:16:06 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Reclaim the Imagination! Aesthetic Politics in Social Movement 10/25 London

Reclaim the Imagination! Aesthetic Politics in Social Movement
:: Sunday October 25th :: London :: 6:30-7:30pm :: Main Hall in the  
Kobi Nazrul Centre
As part of the This is Not a Gateway Festival 
(http://www.thisisnotagateway.net )

Autonomous politics have a long and rich relation with artistic  
production and movements. From Dada through Reclaim the Streets,  
aesthetic politics have been essential in expanding the collective  
imaginations of revolutionary movements, turning social resistance  
into joyful encounters, communicating rage at injustice with poetry  
and beauty. Come join us to celebrate the release of two books that  
explore the ongoing relation of radical aesthetics and politics: Paper  
Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today by Josh Macphee (PM  
Press), a major new collection of contemporary politically and  
socially engaged printmaking, and Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self- 
Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life by Stevphen Shukaitis  
(Autonomedia / Minor Compositions), an philosophical inquiry into the  
formation of collective imagination in social movement organizing.  
Josh and Stevphen will present and discuss their books while engaging  
in a broader conversation about art and politics with Anja Kanngieser.


Josh MacPhee is a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, designer and  
activist currently living in Brooklyn, NY.  His work often revolves  
around themes of radical politics, privatization and public space. He  
regularly produces posters and graphics for political groups and  
events, as well as to sell on Justseeds.org, a political art  
collective he helped found. He organizes the Celebrate People's  
History Poster Series and is often in front of his computer designing  
books for PM Press.

Stevphen Shukaitis is an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the  
University of Essex. He is the editor (with Erika Biddle and David  
Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations //  
Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the  
emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the  
changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor. For more on his  
work and writing, see http://stevphen.mahost.org.

Anja Kanngieser is a cultural geographer, who is involved in political  
and social collectives in Australia and Germany. She has been working  
on examining the intersections between aesthetics and activism,  
specifically German activist groups that use aesthetic techniques as a  
means of articulating their dissent. She is also involved in the  
future archives project, and works with installation and radio.

Minor Compositions: http://www.minorcompositions.info
Autonomedia: http://www.autonomedia.org
PM Press: http://www.pmpress.org

Stevphen Shukaitis
Autonomedia Editorial Collective

 "Autonomy is not a fixed, essential state. Like gender, autonomy is  
created through its performance, by doing/becoming; it is a political  
practice. To become autonomous is to refuse authoritarian and  
compulsory cultures of separation and hierarchy through embodied  
practices of welcoming difference... Becoming autonomous is a  
political position for it thwarts the exclusions of proprietary  
knowledge and jealous hoarding of resources, and replaces the social  
and economic hierarchies on which these depend with a politics of  
skill exchange, welcome, and collaboration. Freely sharing these with  
others creates a common wealth of knowledge and power that subverts  
the domination and hegemony of the master?s rule." - subRosa Collective

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