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THE LABOR OF MULTITUDES

Free/Slow University of Warsawannounces Open Call for Contributions: international conference “The labor of multitudes? Political economy of social creativity”
Warsaw 20th – 22nd of October 2011
More information: http://www.wuw-warsaw.pl

Addressing the issue of social economy of creativity we seek to enlarge the spectrum of creativity’s political economy. Creativity refers to many things: it is both a means of production and a fetish of consumption, a sheer ideology of the capitalism which calls itself post-industrial and an efficient device of social and industrial management, it reflects the elitist privilege of the ruling elite as well as the aspirations of the underprivileged rabble. If it is true that contemporary capitalism has made an ecisive shift in its modes of producing value then creativity and in particular collective creativity becomes a central category for the society as a whole. And artistic and cultural modes of production (along with scientific ones) are no longer merely supplementary fields of capitalistic social infrastructure. They become central sectors of production to which other fields of social labor remain subordinated in economical as well as in symbolic way. They not only accumulate most of the value but also are laboratories for social innovation. Consequently they should also provide a playground and battlefield for new social struggles, re-emerging capitalistic contradictions and new forms of appropriation and exploitation. Or maybe the new paradigm is just a humbug that covers up the overall crisis of the existing one. Maybe we still linger under the rule of the old law of value based rather on living labor then creative networking. In this case the new social economy of the creativity would be a powerful symptom of a present crisis and it could be analyzed as such. Either of the approaches are welcome.

We are calling for theoretical contributions or artistic interventions in the five following fields:

1. Ideological appropriations: cognitive capitalism and creative industries.
2. The future of work: the changing forms of labor and its remuneration.
3. Property and value.
4. Peripheries of cognitive capitalism – continuation or redefinition.
5. Politics in the age of immaterial labor.

List of confirmed speakers: Luc Boltanski, Neil Cummings, Diedrich Diederichsen, Matteo Pasquinelli, John Roberts, Giggi Rogero, Martha Rosler, Hito Steyrl.

Forms of contribution: a paper delivered in 15-20 minutes during the conference’s sessions. The language of conference is English. We’re planning to publish a peer-reviewed, bi-lingual (PL-ENG) summary of the conference with selected papers.

Applications and inquiries:  please send a short proposal (up to 300 words) with bio to Szymon ¯ydek: szymon@funbec.eu, who will also respond to all other inquiries.

Deadline for submissions: 15th of September 2011

Fees / scholarships: The conference is free of charge. FSUW is capable of providing a limited number of travel (up to 200 Euros) and accommodation grants to free lancers, independent artists and 
theoreticians who are not affiliated with Academies or other Institutions. If you are interested in receiving a FSUW scholarship, please indicate so in your proposal and estimate your travel costs to 
Warsaw.

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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