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Stevphen Shukaitis on Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:02:59 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Chto Delat, or self-organization as method: London December 1st

Chto Delat, or self-organization as method: London December 1st
Dmitry Vilensky & Alexei Penzin
Chto delat/What is to be done?
Lecture: Tuesday December 1st at 6.00pm
Small Hall / Cinema (to the side of Loafers)
Richard Hoggart Building
Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Make art/knowledge politically

The case of platform Chto Delat or self-organization as method

The main idea of self-organized structures is to keep under their  
control the full tasks of the creation, production and distribution of  
the art and critical knowledge. They realize its activity in the form  
of "Art Soviets" that are able to politicize cultural production  
through a process of collective subjectivization. The main goal of  
this structure is to cultivate political awareness, raise class  
consciousness of the oppressed, and provoke a democratic, emancipatory  
activity in the spheres of labor, politics and aesthetics based on  
research and conceptualization of post-socialist world.

The discussion will be about anti-capitalist practices and collective  
emancipation in Post-Soviet political and cultural situation, radical  
poverty, publishing a newspaper in precarious conditions, debate  
concerning the common, how to combine "entrism" and exodus, non- 
alienated relations, the public as co-creator, social impact of micro- 
political interventions, local optic, search for the solidarity, and  
how art and theory do not just reflect or interpret the world, but  
takes risk to change it.

Alexei Penzin is researcher at Institute of Philosophy (Moscow) and  
member of the group "Chto Delat / What is to be done?". Penzin is  
contributing author to journals on philosophy and the humanities,  
published in Russia and internationally. His major fields of interest  
are critically re-evaluated philosophical anthropology, contemporary  
interpretations of Marxist thought, interconnections of art and  
political praxis.

Dmitry Vilensky - artist and researcher, recent publication - at  
magazine Afterall, Third Text, Print Project and many other.

Chto delat/What is to be done? was founded in 2003 in Petersburg by a  
group of artists, critics, philosophers and writers from Petersburg,  
Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod with the goal of merging political theory,  
art, and activism. Since then, Chto delat has been publishing an  
English-Russian newspaper on issues central to engaged culture, with a  
special focus on the relationship between a repoliticization of  
Russian intellectual culture and its broader international context.  
Their last major exhibition was seen as part of the Istanbul Biennale.

Further information is available at http://www.chtodelat.org/
Organised by Marxism in Culture and the Micropolitics Research Group,  
Goldsmiths. Supported by the Open University.

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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