New Lines of Alliance, New Spaces of Occupation
May 30, 2011, 7PM @ xero, kline, & coma 
258 Hackney Road London E2 7SJ

At the dawn of the 1980s, in the wake of the defeat of the autonomous movements of the 1970s, Félix Guattari and Antonio Negri embarked on an extraordinary collaboration to rescue communism from its own disrepute: to rethink categories of economic analysis and political organization. Today we find ourselves in a situation where such a rethinking is needed more than ever.

From anti-austerity struggles and university occupation movements to the circulations of the Arab spring and the revolts of Wisconsin and Greece: what new lines of alliance and spaces of liberty might be emerging within the present? How can we move from the occupation of a particular space (whether the university or the factory) to a general occupation of the social factory, to reclaiming the collective wealth of social imagination and time for life?

Come join us for a discussion of these and related questions. This event will celebrate the release of The Occupation Cookbook, a handy guidebook for university occupations that was written coming out of a wave of university occupations in Croatia in 2009, and the re-release of an expanded edition of Negri and Guattari’s work.

Discussion and commentary with Steffen Boehm, Arianna Bove, Mate Kapović, Matteo Mandarini, and Stevphen Shukaitis.