"Commons?!" #8
  • discussion
  • workshop
  • reading

To pursue the experiments and encounters allowed by the reading workshops that took place prior to the Printemps des Laboratoires, and to pursue our collaborative reflexion on the "Commons", a last workshop on this theme is organized before the summer break. The experiment will then keep on in the Fall, but dealing with other topics, soon unveiled, that will be the ones raised by the second issue of Le Printemps des Laboratoires #2, in 2014. Texts chosen for this workshop will be published here soon.


“Commons?!” A reading and discussion workshop open to all!
“There is no common world”, wrote philosopher Bruno Latour, “we must compose it.” Yet our media, politics and intellectual environments are overrun with words like “common” “commune” “commons” or “community”, from calls for participative democracy to ecological debates, from critiques of neo-liberalism to social networks. A great many artistic practices and cultural discourses lay claim to it, often with the added urgency that the widespread crisis context creates, a crisis of resources, the environment, the economy, social relations, and on and on. Beyond the populist and instrumentalised rhetoric that would make art the source of an ability to “live together” with its soothing, therapeutic properties, or worse, a consolation for the failure of social policies – artists, intellectuals, and activists question the “tactics” that allow us to mobilise the power of what is “common”, something to be constantly (re)composed by the hands of dynamic and shifting communities.
Before le Printemps des Laboratoires (18-19 May 2013) dedicated to these questions, les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers invites you to join in a bi-monthly reading workshop that will take a selection of texts and together question the definitions and social practices related to the terms “commune”, “common”, “commons”, and “community”. How have their meanings changed through political and intellectual history and what tools can they constitute for “us” today?
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monday 8th july, 7 pm