The breakdown of a relationship? Reflections on the crisis

The history of the capitalist mode of production is punctuated by crises. One could say that crisis is the modus operandi of capital, or of the capital-labour relation. This is true insofar as capital, the self-valorisation of value, the self-expansion of abstract wealth, is at any given time a claim on future surplus-value extraction: the accumulation of capital today is a bet on tomorrow’s exploitation of the proletariat.

The crisis today has taken the form of a financial crisis, while the prospect of a full-blown economic crisis looms ever larger. These two crises do not merely stand in a relation of cause and effect, however (whichever way one were to posit the relation). Rather they are the different manifestations of the same underlying crisis – the crisis of accumulation of capital, which is at the same time the crisis in the relation of exploitation between capital and proletariat.

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Mike Davis interview

Against the grain

Will the current economic meltdown, and worker reaction to it, be a reenactment of the Great Depression? Could the politics of racist resentment on the US-Mexico border explode into (more) violence? Are global elites truly motivated to combat climate change? Mike Davis, author of In Praise of Barbarians, tackles these and other issues.

Mike Davis, “Can Obama See the Grand Canyon? On Presidential Blindness and Economic Catastrophe” TomDispatch

Mike Davis, “Living On the Ice Shelf: Humanity’s Meltdown” TomDispatch

Daniel García Andújar: Apprehension of the Postcapital Archive Reality

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
December 13 + 14, 2008, each day: 12 – 6 pm
Workshop (english)
Registration till Monday, December 1, 2008

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate reflection on the structures of the “archive culture” process. We will delve into the methods of exploring and reinterpreting the archive along with the possibilities these present, intervening artistically using various methods. We are also going to test new public participation models of understanding and working with the archive. This process takes shape as a platform, understood as a cooperative space, enabling the work done to be shared through workshops, actions, and other instruments, opening up a vast range of possibilities for collective intervention and participation. During the workshop period, forms of creative, critical, and subversive handlings of media and new technologies, in both theory and practice, shall be developed. The focus of the workshop thereby additionally lies in the specific information and archive situation of our society. The project furthermore offers an opportunity to examine strategies of “artist practice in the Postcapital Archive”—a new public space having long been influenced by new information and communications technologies.

for two days including lunch and drinks
25 Euro / 16 Euro reduced / Members 10 Euro

Censorship in Art?

New Mechanisms and Strategies

December 5 + 6, 2008

A conference by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Hospitalhof Stuttgart and Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Hospitalhof (December 5, 2008)

Professor Michael Germann, Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Graf

Württembergischer Kunstverein (December 6, 2008)

Corinne Diserens, Iris Dressler, Nikolai B. Forstbauer, Prof. Klaus Staeck, Christoph Tannert

Friday, December 5, 2008

Venue: Hospitalhof Stuttgart

5 pm

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Postcapital: Lecture series, Workshops, Film program

December 2008 – January 2009

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December 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 7 pm
Lecture (english)
Keiko Sei | Border Crossings

Saturday, December 6, 2008, 2 – 8 pm
Parallel event / Conference (english/german)
Censorship in Art?
Corinne Diserens, Iris Dressler, Nikolai B. Forstbauer, Klaus Staeck, Christoph Tannert

In co-operation with Akademie Schloss Solitude and Hospitalhof Stuttgart

December 13 – 14, 2008, each day 12 – 6 pm
Workshop (english)
Daniel García Andújar (Technologies To The People) | Apprehension of the Postcapital Archive Reality
Registration till Monday, December 1, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 7 pm
Lecture (german)
Helmut Draxler | Capital and Postcapital Art

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 7 pm
Lecture (german)
Linda Hentschel | Jeopardized Perception or Perceiving the Jeopardized?
War, Violence, and Relations of Visuality since 9/11

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911 Mysteries