[NetBehaviour] AMASS: Towards an Economy of the Commons, (Sat) 16 April: Chisenhale

ashley wong ashley.leee at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 01:55:42 CEST 2011


Dear all,

We would like to cordially invite you to DOXA's next event at Chisenhale on
Saturday 16 April. It is an open conference and round table on models and
practices of the commons. Cultural practitioners, researchers, students and
industry professionals are welcomed to bring or contribute examples and case
studies for sustaining the commons today.

Hope to see you there!

- DOXA

 *AMASS: TOWARDS AN ECONOMY OF THE COMMONS *
Saturday, 16 April 2011, 1:30-5:30pm
Chisenhale
64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ
RSVP: mail at chisenhale.org.uk
FB: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163869593668098

In the face of mass cuts to public services (particularly to arts and
education), emerging forms of governance rampantly colonising intellectual
resources in the digital domain, the privatisation of public space in urban
development, and new narratives of the Big Society in the UK, what does the
commons mean for us today? How can we approach a new protocol for the
commons under such circumstances?

AMASS is an open conference that invites organisations, collectives and
individuals working in the cultural sector to discuss past experiences,
present practices, and future ambitions concerning mutual aid, pooled
knowledge, networked infrastructures and modes of self-organisation. Through
examining these varying perspectives concerning the commons, AMASS aims to
address the following key themes:

*Open Source: *A way of working that is free from individual concern and
notions of property in a process of shared learning.

*Sustainability: *As a collaborative, and socially minded endeavour, rather
than self-reliance or preservation.

*Self-organisation: *What meaningful self-organisation manifests through
artists’ informal working methods.

*Precarious Labour: *How to protect the rights of creative workers in an
increasing atmosphere of insecurity and unpredictability.

Through these exchanges we wish to collectively investigate our strategies,
successes, and failures, considering the obstacles and potentialities for
the development of the commons. Following the event, all materials will be
collated into an open online archive, which will serve as a generative
research database for future endeavours.

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*SCHEDULE *

1:30 – 2:00 – Opening - Tea, coffee and bagels

2:00 – 2:30 – Introduction to the commons (Stevphen Shukaitis)

2:30 – 3:15 – Amateurist Network (Eva Weinmayr and Sion Whellens)

3:15 – 3:30 – Break

3:30 – 4:15 - ...ment (Anthony Illes ; University for Strategic Optimism)

4:15 – 4:30 – Break

4:30 – 5:15 – DOXA (collected cases, interviews, and open analysis)

5:15: Closing – Please join us for drinks and social

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*Contributors to AMASS include:*

*Stevphen Shukaitis* is a lecturer at the University of Essex and a member
of the Autonomedia editorial collective. He is the author of Imaginal
Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Day
(2009, Autonomedia) and 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.

*Eva Weinmayr* is an artist, lecturer and co-director of AND, a new platform
for experimental publishing. AND’s current activities include the Piracy
Book Project producing new collections for the Byam Shaw Library. Recent and
upcoming exhibitions by Weinmayr include The Cult of The Difficult 2011; The
Institute of Mental Health Is Burning Newport Museum and Art Gallery 2011.
http://www.andpublishing.org/

*Sion Whellens* is Client Services Director at Calverts, a common ownership
worker co-operative. He also works in co-operative development, particularly
within the creative and cultural, arts and communications fields and is an
elected member of the UK Co-operative Council and a Director of
Co-operatives UK. http://www.calverts.coop/  <http://www.calverts.coop/>

*Anthony Iles* is a contributing editor to online and quarterly print
magazine, Mute, http://metamute.org/. He is also Co-editor with Mattin of
the recent book Noise & Capitalism, San Sebastian: Arteleku, 2009 and
co-author with Josephine Berry Slater of No Room to Move: radical art and
the regenerate city, published by Mute in October 2010. He writes on the
instrumentalised role of culture within the current stage of 'culture-led
urban regeneration', and notions of the 'Creative City' in global economics
and policy.

*The University for Strategic Optimism* is a political and cultural activist
group based in London who has organised various actions, lectures and
disruptive activities in the public space following the drastic cuts of the
public sector in England. The group promotes a fairer access to public
education whilst offering an alternative based on the principle of free and
open education.

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*OPEN CALL*

We welcome case studies concerning organisations, projects and initiatives
from cooperatives, autonomist groups, gift economies, open source projects,
new pedagogical models and others.

Those who cannot attend, but would like to contribute interviews, text, or
films, can email their submissions, which will be presented and discussed
during the event. Please email a brief description of your experiences,
along with your location, comments, links, and contact details to:

info at doxacollective.org

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*AMASS brings together: *

*DOXA* is an international research collective of artists, theorists,
designers, architects, and engineers. Through an on-going project called
'Creative Space', DOXA facilitates cross-disciplinary dialogue through open
discussions to generate research and approach new practices and visions of
culture for the future. DOXA (δόξα) is a common belief, as opposed to
knowledge, and  is associated with community, dialogue and truth. More:
http://www.doxacollective.org

Without a manifesto or definitive constitution *the Amateurist
Network*foregrounds talking as a self-sustaining currency. Through a
series of
collective discussions it aims to strengthen the impulse to self-organise
across disciplines, and furthermore to assert the rights of workers
operating with this radically open or precarious approach. More:
http://amateuristnetwork.wordpress.com/

*…ment*,  a new online journal for contemporary culture, art and politics
based in London and Berlin. Through a multi-disciplinary set of editorial
forms, the journal aims to reflect on current societal issues and debates.
...ment acts as a field for enquiry, dialogue and experimentation, and is
committed to emerging forms and ideas. More: http://www.journalment.org

The event is supported by *Openvizor*, an international organisation and
platform that initiates and supports critical exchange of ideas in arts and
cultural practice and the active development by practitioners of
partnerships and projects around the world that engage people, places and
the forces of change from the ground up. More:
http://www.openvizor.com/ <http://www.openvizor.com/>
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DOXA
 doxacollective.org <http://www.doxacollective.org>


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