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THE TYRANNY OF RENT

New issue of Variant Magazine

Variant, issue 37, Spring / Summer 2010

http://www.variant.org.uk

…the free, independent, arts magazine. In-depth coverage in the context of broader social, political & cultural issues.

Culture is one of the most important fields in the struggle for a more democratic, egalitarian and free society. If the changes currently proposed to this field by the Polish authorities are not subject to a wide social debate, consultation and criticism, they will bring catastrophic results for both the producers of culture and society as a whole. Culture should be perceived as a public good, not a privilege for a selected group of citizens. The dangers embedded in the governmental proposals for reforms in the domain of culture have already been discussed by artists, theorists, cultural and social activists. All agree that culture is a very specific field of production, and that it would be endangered by an exclusively market-oriented strategy of organizing it.

For the Polish authorities, culture appears to be just another life-sphere ready to be colonized by neoliberal capitalism. Attempts are being made to persuade us that the ‘free’ market, productivity and income oriented activities are the only rational, feasible and universal laws for social development. This is a lie. For us – the cultural producers – culture is a space of innovation and experimental activity, an environment for lively self-realization. This is under threat. Our lives, emotions, vulnerability, doubts, purposes and ideas are to become a commodity – in other words, a mere product to fuel the development of new forms of capitalist exploitation. It is not culture that needs “business exercises” it is the market that needs a cultural revolution. That revolution should not be understood as a one time “coup d’état”, but as a permanent, vigilant and compassionate dissent, a will to protest against, verify and criticize any form of colonization of the field of culture for the private interests of market players and bureaucrats.

Therefore we say: “We would prefer not to”. Our resistance is an expression of our more general protest against the commodification of social relations, its reifying character and general social injustice. We hereby express our existential and political solidarity with the people who oppose this marketization of all spheres of social and personal life. Culture plays an important role as a space for experimentation and reflection, for creating mutual trust and bonds between people. Cultural interactions based on the spontaneous activity of individuals and groups play a crucial role for the development of the society, including its economic dimension. Recognizing the importance of this is a necessary step in creating a space for self-realization and democratic debate.

Contents

Editorial

Radical Change In Culture / Manifesto

On bullshit in cultural policy practice & research 
Eleonora Belfiore

Remembering Brian Barry
Femi Folorunso

Launch of ‘Friends of Belge’ : An Appeal for Solidarity 
Desmond Fernandes

Print Creations Comic & Zine reviews
Mark Pawson

Doodley-doo? Doodley don’t! Life and Sabotage 
Gesa Helms

Comment : “Art Workers Won’t Kiss Ass” 
Owen Logan

Precarious Labor: A Feminist Viewpoint
Silvia Federici

Overidentification and/or bust?
Stevphen Shukaitis

Learning to Breathe Protest
Salong, Interflugs, Academy of Refusal, 10th Floor

‘We have decided not to die.’ On taking and leaving the University
Marina Vishmidt

The Tyranny of Rent
Neil Gray

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Marxism and Art

THE QUESTION OF CLASS: AN ONGOING CHALLENGE TO ART HISTORY

A Conference in Honour of Andrew Hemingway

Saturday 19 June 2010
Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre
University College London

Organisers: Warren Carter and Frederic J. Schwartz

10.00 Introduction

Fred Schwartz (University College London)

10.15 Landscape/Class/Ideology
Chair: Tom Gretton (University College London)

Alan Wallach (College of William & Mary)
“Toward a Social History of Mid-Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting”

Alex Potts (University of Michigan)
“The Shifting Terrain of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Art Histories”

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Marxism & Modernism
Chair: Warren Carter (University College London)

Gail Day (University of Leeds)
“Realism, Totality, and the Militant Citoyen: Or, What Has Lukacs To Do With Contemporary Art?”

Respondents:
Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, University of London)
Michael Corris (Sheffield Hallam University)
Jody Patterson (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
Barnaby Haran (University College London)

15.15 Tea

15.15 Marxist Historiography & Art History
Chair: Matthew Beaumont (University College London)

Steve Edwards (Open University)
“Forms of History”

Respondents:
Caroline Arscott (Courtauld Institute)
John Roberts (University of Wolverhampton)
Fred Schwartz (University College London)
Fred Orton (University of Leeds)

17.45 Valediction

Pete Smith (Thames Valley University)

18.00 Closing Remarks

Tamar Garb (University College London)

Admission is free and all are welcome, but spaces must be reserved.
Please contact Warren Carter (w.carter@ucl.ac.uk) by Wednesday 9 June.

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Karl Marx

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM TORONTO CONFERENCE: PROGRAM ONLINE

Historical Materialism Toronto, York University, May 13-16, 2010

Dear friends

A PDF version of the conference program is now online at http://www.yorku.ca/hmyork/ under the Programs tab. Please note that room numbers will be provided in the program you pick up with your registration package.

With respect to registration, please remember that we are urging all full-time academics, including presenters, to register online before the conference. Those who are attending for less than three days should register on site. Students, community members, and non-full-time academics, including presenters in these categories, are asked to register on site — cash only.

Please arrive early to avoid the rush. Registration opens at 3 PM on Thursday, May 13.

The Historical Materialism Toronto Organizing Committee

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Negri

FROM EMPIRE TO COMMONWEALTH: COMMUNIST THEORY AND CONTEMPORARY PRAXIS

Call for Papers
From Empire to Commonwealth: Communist Theory and Contemporary Praxis

Conference to be held at the University of Wollongong, 
25-26 November 2010

With the publication of Commonwealth in 2009 Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s three part series (which started with Empire and continued with Multitude) is complete. The series constitutes an almost unparalleled attempt to revitalise emancipatory communist politics for our time. Drawing on the Italian traditions of operaismo and autonomia and combining them with post‐structuralism, Hardt and Negri attempt a radical reworking of the basis of anti‐capitalist thought. Following the disasters of the 20th Century, two directions seemed open to radical thought: one denied the specificity of late capitalism and insisted that nothing had fundamentally changed while the other asserted that everything had changed and that the revolutionary transformation of society was no longer possible.

Hardt and Negri reject both these alternatives. They maintain the Marxian critique of capitalism, and emphasise the emancipatory potential of labour by attempting a challenging rethinking of the revolutionary project. They do so in a way which refuses the dominant ideologies of global capitalism, is heretical to orthodox Marxism, is refreshingly different from the staid left liberalism and reheated social democracy typical of the Academy, and resonates with struggles across the globe.

At ‘From Empire to Commonwealth’ we would like to open up a space for critical dialogue about Hardt and Negri’s work, their understanding of the world, their politics, the traditions with which they engage and the criticisms they have faced. We would also like to generate our own ideas and critiques and contribute to the development of emancipatory and rebellious theories of the world.

While this conference takes place within the boundaries of the university we would like to position ourselves on the edge of this space, challenging both the demarcations which separate the university from the rest of society and struggling within the university to open up the horizon of what and how we can think.

We are seeking papers on, but not limited to, the follow topics. Presentations that defy the genre of academic conferences are welcome:

·  The politics of love

· Affective, precarious and immaterial labour

·  Feminism and autonomy

· Empire as a theory of international relations

· Capitalism and the control society

· The intellectual history of autonomist Marxism

· Queer struggles against capitalism

· Post-structuralism and anti-capitalism

· Multitude and class composition

· Labour and value in contemporary capitalism

· Contemporary anti-capitalist politics

· Identity and subjectivity

Please email abstracts of approximately 200 words to Alexander Brown at: alexandersragtimeband@gmail.com by 30 July 2010. Further information will be posted on the conference blog, http://fromempiretocommmonwealth.wordpress.com as it becomes available. We are considering publishing the conference papers.

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