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Film of European Precarity Movements, New York City, April 16, 2007

Anonymous Comrade writes:

A series of video vignettes on struggles in Europe and beyond

Screening as part of This Is Forever: From Inquiry to Refusal

A Discussion Series Dedicated to Understanding the Current Composition of
Political Movements and Struggles Using the Lens of Autonomist Thought

All events are held at:

Bluestockings Books, Café, and Activism Center

172 Allen St. Lower East Side, NYC


‘This is Forever’ presents an upcoming event in the series:

Monday, April 16th @ 7PM — $5 to $10 suggested donation

"Precarity": A series of vignettes on struggles in Europe and beyond

“MayDay! MayDay! We are the precarious. We are hireable on demand, available on call, exploitable at will and fireable at whim. We have become skilful jugglers of jobs and contortionists of flexibility. But beware! We are agitating with a common strategy to share our flexfights...” From the occupation of abandoned factories in Argentina, to the interruption of the French prime time news and the devotion to Saint Precarious at the Mayday Parade in Milan, this series of presentations is advertising a new brand of labor activism. A compilation of 17 videos documenting on the rebellion of precarious flexworkers across the continents; selections from the 197 minutes multilingual (English subtitles) will be shown, with discussion to follow.

Series information:

‘This is Forever’ – this is for the future. What we will in the present cracks open the actually-existing to unleash potentials for the yet-to-come. What we affirm now will return to us, accumulating a set of powers and virtues into a body capable of refusing command and of claiming its own irreversible destiny. This is an inquiry into the current composition of political movements and struggle, which seeks to understand acts of refusal that are taking place on the terrain of everyday life and on the level of planetary antagonisms. This is the attempt to theorize from these positions toward new ways of life, and new ways of organizing society.

‘This is Forever’: From Inquiry to Refusal is a series of discussions dedicated to an inquiry into class composition: into the current political composition of movements and struggles particularly in the United States, and generally across the planet; the technical composition of the imposition of work and under capital, in both productive and reproductive spheres, and its changing nature in capitals neoliberal phase; the myriad of mechanisms which capture, overcode, divide, and suppress our desires and creative capacities; and the ways in which act of refusal and resistance are in exodus from the relations of power that define capital and the state-from, as well as the gender binary, heteronormativity, race, legal status, and other socially constructed divisions and power relations.

Series website: WarMachines