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You can now find video recordings of all Auditorium keynotes and panels in the transmediale archive!

Eight years ago, in 2011, a multiplicity of self-managed solidarity organizations, ranging from food provision and health care to education initiatives, emerged from the occupation of Syntagma Square in the heart of Athens, among other places across Greece. Today, after the vanishing of an acutely felt crisis and an extensive anti-austerity struggle, a process of strategic introspection and consolidation within the solidarity initiatives has begun, according to Christos Giovanopoulos. The researcher and activist was part of the talk that framed the screening of Robin Vanbesien’s film Under These Words (Solidarity Athens 2016) at this year’s transmediale. The film and the associated book, Solidarity Poiesis: I Will Come and Steal You, constitute a profound investigation of the transformative experience and political potential of solidarity work. Dipping into various iterations of the festival’s core question—“What moves you?”—, this essay reflects on the making of the film as much as it engages with corresponding thoughts of contemporary authors like Valeria Graziano, Avery F. Gordon and Alberto Toscano.

 

We are pleased to announce Luiza Prado de O. Martins as Vilém Flusser Resident 2019 with her project “The Councils of the Pluriversal: Affective Temporalities of Reproduction and Climate Change.”

In her project, Luiza Prado de O. Martins will discuss the entanglements of climate change, reproduction, ancestral and future histories, land and belonging, and radical forms of care together with members of marginalized groups in Northern nations and the Global South. 

A list of articles, interviews, and projects that have been collected and used as reference in preparation for the Study Circle Affective Infrastructures. The list is being enriched as reflections upon the topic and its discussions continue.

How does thought or lived experience translate into action? The participants of the Study Circle Uneasy Alliances here engage in a conversation on the necessity and challenges of forging new forms of alliance today that can foster solidarity across different social scales. They both explore alliances of unease that are motivated by shared experiences of living under neoliberalism as well as the alliances that become uneasy by bringing together groups with different interests and backgrounds including technology, environment, and non-Western perspectives. This conversation is the outcome of a collective writing and editing process that took its cue from a physical meeting at the Berlin-based space Spektrum in November 2018 and that has since continued through an online textpad. The results are suggestive fragments to be further explored in the individual contributions and live activities at the transmediale festival.

Explore this list of articles, lectures, and monographies which served as references for the working process of the Study Circle Uneasy Alliances.

Can infrastructures be affective? How do systems of control and classification relate to today’s problematics of care? Which infrastructures assist in binding people together and in building new worlds? In the following conversation, Study Circle participants engage with such questions and bring in examples of objects, feelings, technologies, and practices that constitute affective infrastructures. Resisting the temptation to organize and classify, these entries are discussed but not defined. Wishing to keep the possibility for connections and associations open, what emerges is not a lexicon but rather an archipelago of items. Intentionally lacking a clear beginning or end, this conversation aims to stimulate thought and action about the interwoven realities of our times, and the need for living infrastructures that permit continuous shifts and transformations.

Date: 
03.02.2019
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Discussion
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30.01.2019
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Workshop
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Date: 
03.02.2019
Format: 
Workshop
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Date: 
29.01.2019
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Workshop

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