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Micropolitics DRIFT with Brian Holmes

January 24, 2008

FEBRUARY 26 and MARCH 8/9, 2008

The City of Willingness, 24 hour walk through London with 16Beaver, Oct 2005
The City of Willingnesss, 24-hour walk with 16Beaver
London October 2005

As part of our ongoing enquiry, the Micropolitics Research Group at Goldsmiths has invited cultural theorist Brian Holmes to accompany us on a mobile extra-disciplinary investigation of conditions of precarity, flexibility and cultural production in London. The event is divided into three parts:

Preparing for the Drift
TUESDAY Feb 26, 6-8 pm
Goldsmiths College
Richard Hoggart (Main) Building, room 141

SATURDAY March 8, 10:30-6
DRIFT: A London Cultural Workers’ Inquiry
Starts Richard Hoggart (Main) Building, room 142

SUNDAY March 9, 1-4
AFTER DRIFT: What will we do with our research?
Richard Hoggart (Main) Building, room 142

Preparing for the Drift
TUESDAY Feb 26, 6-8 pm
Goldsmiths College
Room 141 Richard Hoggart (Main) Building

At this seminar we will discuss some key texts and discuss our route through cultural worksites. We’ll read the following:

1. Liar’s Poker, a key text by Brian written a couple of years ago that flags up some of the problems artists run into when they attempt to engage in radical projects within the ‘art frame’.

2. Marta Malo de Molina’s text, Common Notions, Part 2: Institutional Analysis, Participatory Action-Research, Militant Research from the recent Transform issue on Instituent Practices gives us another set of genealogies through which to consider how we might think about our drift through London as something beyond the production of an ‘art project.’

3. Marx’s 1880 A Workers’ Inquiry
an early form of militant research which might help us to focus our attention on the analysis of cultural work we hope to undertake on the drift.

THE DRIFT: A London Cultural Workers’ Inquiry
Starting at Goldsmiths College
Room 142, Richard Hoggart (Main) Building

Over the course of day, we will engage in what Brian Holmes calls an ‘extradisciplinary investigation’, walking to sites of culture and knowledge production in London, exploring the ways in which people experience flexibility, precarity and possible futures in relation to the paradigms of cultural production. At each stop, invited guests will be asked to share thoughts and anecdotes outlining the contradictions, affects and critical tactics produced within their own experiences of their workplaces.

Our point of departure is Brian’s assertion that:
‘…cultural producers today, are humiliated by the conditions under which we work’

Our end point:
A pub (location tba)

Practically speaking, we will begin at:
10:30 a.m., Goldsmiths College (Room 142, Richard Hoggart Building)

The route includes a stop at the 56a social centre, Gasworks Gallery, The Ideas Store, various spaces in Shoreditch, and if there is time we’ll head to the edge of the Olympic site.

We’d prefer for folks to attend the entire day.
If this is not possible for you and you would like to join us along the way, call
0778 233 9529 or 0794 628 1841.

Seminar with Brian Holmes
1-4 pm
Goldsmiths College,
Room 142 Richard Hoggart (Main) Building

Brian will open the discussion by talking about the ambiguity experienced by contemporary cultural producers in relationship to the flexible economy and the stories told on the drift.
Referring to Brian’s text on Extradisciplinary Investigations and Saturday’s events, we will begin to generate an analysis and imagine next steps for the investigation.

All are welcome!

Micropolitics Research Group


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