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  • Dalli all'untore!
  • Packt den Giftsalber!
  • Get the Quacksalber!
  • Beyond the Breakdown
  • Jenseits des Zusammenbruchs
  • Más allá del colapso
  • Ese rebelde
  • Empieza el siglo XXI: el derecho a vivir
  • Der Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts: Das Recht auf Leben
  • The twenty-first century begins: the right to live
  • On Quarantines, Oikonomia and the Clinamen
  • To Quarantine from Quarantine
  • In die Quarantäne aus der Quarantäne
  • A la cuarentena de la cuarentena
  • Aprendiendo del virus
  • Aufnehmen statt sterben lassen!
  • Refugees welcome! Don’t shoot!
  • ¡Bienvenidos refugiados! ¡No disparen!
  • Una politica delle lotte in tempi di pandemia
  • Eine Politik der Kämpfe in Zeiten der Pandemie
  • Politics of struggles in the time of pandemic
  • Una politica de las luchas en tiempos de pandemia

All of a sudden, what we have been thinking for the last fifty years has to be rethought from scratch. Thank god (is god a virus?) that we have an abundance of extra time now because the old business is out of business.

Franco „Bifo“ Berardi 31 03 20

Every day and in every emergency, unwaged or low waged caregivers, urban and rural, mostly women, often immigrant women, struggle to protect and care for people of every age and condition. But this work is kept invisible and therefore there is never a relief package from governments for caregivers, only more work, especially with the advent of Covid-19.
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Global Women’s Strike (GWS) and Women of Colour GWS 29 03 20

… until we no longer have to.” That’s what we have always said. In times of “emergency”, this wording can be expanded to an appeal: “You have to join in!”

#besetzenLive 28 03 20

With this pandemic, the 21st century begins. A century in which defending the right to live will be a priority.

Montserrat Galcerán Huguet 24 03 20

In May of 1743, a vessel from Corfu carrying bodies of dead crew members who had died of a mysterious disease arrived in Messina.  The ship and cargo were burned, but cases of a strange new disease were soon thereafter observed in the hospital and in the poorest parts of the town; and in the summer, a frightening plague epidemic developed, killing forty to fifty thousand people, and then disappeared before spreading to other parts of Sicily.

Catherine Malabou 23 03 20

It happened as it was to be expected: Four years of standing on the sidelines have resulted in a catastrophe. 40,000 human beings, penned up in hopelessly overcrowded EU-hotspot centres like Moria on Lesvos Island, living under squalid living and hygienic conditions, will soon face the deadly disease.

kritnet.org 18 03 20

An initiative to respond to the political and social impact of COVID-19 and the accompanying measures – digitally and on site.

coview.info 17 03 20

A prolonged wait at the pharmacy, a long queue before entering a supermarket. Experiences like this, today increasingly common, can help us to see how the spreading of Coronavirus is transforming our society. Yet, more precisely, the global pandemic, and the measures put in place by the Italian government to attempt to counteract it, are in fact merely exacerbating tendencies that have already existed for a while.

Sandro Mezzadra 14 03 20

Get the Quacksalber!

Dalli all'untore!

Packt den Giftsalber!

Or the return of the infamous pillory in the time of digital quarantine

First premise. We are not conspiracy theorists. Second premise, just to avoid misunderstanding. We are aware of the current medical emergency and convinced that we need to change our habits. With this in mind, we have decided to cancel events and concerts, to do our part to prevent the situation from worsening in the face of an already ailing health system. We are also organizing a relief action for the most affected people in the city, especially the elderly. All this is okay, we know it and we are doing it. And yet…

Laboratorio Occupato Morion 12 03 20

IV International Symposium
Barcelona, April 28th, 2020

MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Coordinated by Christian Alonso (University of Barcelona)
Keynote by Gerald Raunig (Zürich University of the Arts, eipcp European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies)
Deadline for submissions: February 28th, 2020, 8pm GMT

13 02 20

A new monograph on neoliberalism, the state and affective labour by Otto Penz and Birgit Sauer. The book Governing affects explores the neoliberal transformation of state governance in Europe towards affective forms of dominance, exercised by customer oriented neo-bureaucracies and public service providers.

11 02 20

Oliver Ressler is one of 90 people who participated at a blockade of Bílina coal mine in Northern Bohemia in the Czech Republic in June 2018, against who the company Severočeské doly (“North Bohemian Coal Mines”) filed a lawsuit at the City Court in Chomutov. With legal repression, they think they can silence protests against coal mining.
There is a fundraising campaign running to cover the cost of the court case and attorneys, so please feel free to share and donate:
https://www.darujme.cz/projekt/1201737?locale=en

Oliver Ressler 20 12 19

Am sagenumwobenen 31. Dezember 1999 soll an mehreren Orten zugleich ein Institut gegründet worden sein, das nie Institution werden wollte. Mitten aus der entstehenden Bewegung, die sich im „Feber Null“ zu Gegenschwarzblau und den Donnerstagsdemos ausweiten sollte, entstand das European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies. 56 Ausgaben des multilingualen Webjournals transversal, 30 Bücher von transversal books, an die 20 Konferenzen und Workshops, 11 mehrjährige und unzählige kleine Projekte in verschiedenen Teilen Europas später ist es Zeit für ein Fest. Zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum des eipcp feiern wir am 14. Dezember in der Kunsthalle Exnergasse im WUK „Party like its 1999“.

14 12 19

Repair Matters

ephemera. theory & politics in organisation, volume 19, number 2 (2019) - edited by Valeria Graziano and Kim Trogal

This special issue is interested to map the ways that repair can contribute to organisational models alternative to those centered around growth.

13 10 19

The English version of Die schönen Kriegerinnen, which was published by transversal texts, has now been released by Minor Compositions.

10 10 19

When right-wing politicians increasingly use populist strategies and social media as a platform, seeking to discredit established researchers, scientists, and journalists in order to shake the public's belief in media content, many people end up relying on dubious information sources and no longer know how to distinguish the difference. Facebook and Twitter are viewed by many as legitimate news platforms, whereas news sources that were trusted for decades are being viewed as “fake news” when they do not support populist ideals.

Lina Dokuzović 16 09 19

Vom Leben der Kritik. Kritische Praktiken – und die Notwendigkeit ihrer geopolitischen Situierung

Ruth Sondereggers gleichnamiges Buch erscheint beim Wiener Verlag Zaglossus

Vom Leben der Kritik ist der Versuch, kritische Theorien und Praktiken in einer Zeit zu sammeln und weiterzudenken, in der einerseits der Tod der Kritik beschworen wird und andererseits die Transformation von (Selbst-)Kritik in Disziplinierungstechniken der neoliberalen Evaluations- und Professionalisierungskultur zu beobachten ist.
Eingedenk der zu Recht vielfach hervorgehobenen Probleme von traditionellen Verständnissen der Kritik – u. a. ihres belehrenden, elitären, autoritären, paternalistischen oder heroischen Charakters – legt dieses Buch den Akzent auf erfinderische Alltagspraktiken der Kritik. Ebenso wichtig wie die Diskussion gewaltvoller Dimensionen von Herrschaftskritik ist dabei die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Superioritätsanspruch westlicher Kritikbegriffe, welcher sich schon darin zeigt, dass die Linie von Sokrates über Kant zu Foucault meist nicht als lediglich ein Verständnis von Kritik adressiert wird, sondern als das, was Kritik nun einmal sei.

Ruth Sonderegger 30 08 19

Über 40 Jahre nach dem französischen Original erscheint im Herbst Pierre Machereys Klassiker „Hegel oder Spinoza“ in deutscher Übersetzung. transversal veröffentlicht das 2007 erschienene Vorwort für die argentinische Ausgabe von Michael Hardt und Colectivo Situaciones.

Michael Hardt & Colectivo Situaciones 15 07 19

Por una suavidad agujereante

Für eine löchernde Sanftheit

Después de las elecciones municipales en España

¿Así acaba la experimentación municipalista abierta tras el 15M? Una vez apaciguada su virulencia y monstruosidad inicial y después de un lento proceso de degradación y descomposición paulatina, la disolución de los últimos resquicios de lo que en 2011 fue una explosión sin precedentes de deseo revolucionario autoorganizado de forma radicalmente democrática parece clara. Los resultados electorales no son más que la foto fija de la crisis de imaginación política por un lado y de la restauración del juego electoral clásico por otro. Puede que su disolución electoral y su degradación general nos hagan pensar que la experimentación acaba aquí. Pero la monstruosidad de los municipalismos iba mucho más allá del asalto institucional, por eso la experimentación debe continuar inventando nuevos mecanismos para transformar radicalmente las ciudades y nuestras formas de vivir juntxs.

Kike España 24 06 19

La mirada alternativa sobre la realidad.

Der alternative Blick auf die Realität

Nota sobre el rol del periodismo y el cine independiente en las luchas cívicas recientes de Guatemala.

A nivel social existen al menos dos grandes tipos de comunicación: una vertical, concentrada en minorías y caracterizada por el monólogo, que responde al ideal de preeminencia del emisor sobre el receptor y ofrece pocas o nulas oportunidades de diálogo y respuesta crítica. Es la comunicación que ejercen políticos corruptos, empresarios antidemocráticos, medios de comunicación corporativos y hegemónicos, voceros de grandes potencias frente los países pobres, etcétera. Por otro lado está la comunicación participativa e incluyente, que reconoce las diferencias, favorece el diálogo, la construcción de consensos y los procesos de cambio en favor del bien común. Es una comunicación horizontal, donde los emisores y los receptores sostienen una relación de reciprocidad.

Sergio Valdés Pedroni 17 06 19

This texts relates to the exhibition Rogelio López Cuenca: Yendo leyendo, dando lugar, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Edificio Sabatini, Planta 3), 3 April - 26 August 2019, https://www.museoreinasofia.es/exposiciones/rogelio-lopez-cuenca.

Kike España and Gerald Raunig 24 04 19

The coexistence of art and philosophy, the concatenation of social and conceptual machines, the combination of art and thought that operated and still operates in and around Bert Theis is not limited to a practice of speaking, discussing, and philosophizing as communication, or to the artist’s more or less obvious knowledge of philosophy, ancient or current. Rather, it is a mode of subjectivation that also has to do with invention and disobedience. (See also the exhibition Arcipelago Bert Theis: https://www.mudam.lu/en/expositions/details/exposition/arcipelago-bert-theis/.)

Gerald Raunig 17 04 19

“Stand up and walk around your desk. And go out of your office, and feel the fresh air of the city.” Gardener, psychiatric nurse, artist, long-time social co-operator, and president of the Trieste Association of Artisans Giancarlo Carena is often theatrical when he tries to explain the singularity of Trieste’s social cooperatives movement. He starts by arranging the narrative around your perceptions, to make you settle in the analytical journey that he asks you to undertake with him. “How can a place where such horrible things happened in the past today be a space that triggers beautiful projects?” he asked me in 2014 when we first met walking in the blossoming gardens of the former asylum.

Francesco Salvini 10 04 19

From the book Facebook entkommen transversal texts publishes here the English translation of the introduction.

Raimund Minichbauer 02 04 19

Am 14. September 2018 wurde eine Zelle des Polizeianhaltezentrum (PAZ) Hernals in Wien in Brand gesetzt. Am 15. und 22. März 2019 wird über die Strafe für das in der versperrten Zelle gelegte Feuer verhandelt.

Niki Kubaczek 15 03 19

Isabell Lorey’s introduction to the book 8M - Der große feministische Streik. Konstellationen des 8. März connects the Latin American feminist strikes with the actual feminist movements in Europe.

Isabell Lorey 06 03 19

Optimism of the Will

2018 FIELD Reports on the Global Resistance to Neoreactionary Nationalism

FIELD, the "Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism", announces the launch of a special double issue (winter and spring 2019) focusing on new forms of cultural and artistic activism that have emerged in response to the global rise of right wing populist and authoritarian forms of government. http://field-journal.com/issue-12?cat=30

Greg Sholette 03 03 19

“If you are a nurse, we can understand each other, not like with these sociologists!” Federico jokes (or not?) with Irene. In their conversations, there is a shared set of knowledge and competencies, not only linguistic, but, more importantly, in the concrete experience of modes of action and logics that govern the ecology of care. We are in the core of the caring ecologies of Trieste, the Distretto Sanitario (Healthcare District) located in the old general hospital, now almost dismantled (another, more modern one is up the hill, in a less central area).

Francesco Salvini 27 02 19

Unshrinking the World

An interview with Avery Gordon on her recent book The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins

Avery F. Gordon’s The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins (2018) is an impressively kaleidoscopic and genre bending book based on Gordon’s more than two decades of research into utopian traditions that have been systematically excluded from the Western canon. Organized in the form of an archive of actual and fictional experiences of living and working together differently, Gordon’s book makes a vast array of “subjugated knowledge” (Foucault) visible and available for appropriation. “The Hawthorn Archive” unearths neglected utopian traditions that are less about some distant future place that would have to be built according to people’s ideals and more about living and working differently in the here and now of the communal. Here, those who were struggling for the Commons (and against enclosures) in 17th-century England are a major reference point for a variety of other movements, including those who struggled for the abolition of the slave trade and slavery in the Americas and those who struggled for decolonization in the Global South.

Avery F. Gordon / Krystian Woznicki 26 02 19

Veronica Gago, argentinische Sozialwissenschafterin, Autorin von La razón neoliberal und Aktivistin des NiUnaMenos-Kollektivs diskutiert zentrale Aspekte der Konsolidierung der aktuellen feministischen Netzwerke auf globaler Ebene.

Veronica Gago, Juliana Hernández, Julià Martí 23 02 19

In the last few decades, violence against women* has been escalating into a "war on women," as Rita Laura Segato calls it: all kinds of structural and sexual violence, including feminicide, brutal discursive tendencies of misogyny and transphobia, the devaluation of care and reproduction, and "anti-genderism". Since 2017, a movement has spread outwards from Latin America that builds on the 8th of March, the day of women's struggle, as the turning and boiling point of an intersectional and transversal struggle.

Gerald Raunig 19 02 19

What runs through the text, or so I hope, is an investigation of the ambivalences of a more than institutional ecology of practices, knowledges, objects, and relations. An ecology that lives along the limits between society and the state, that sits on the edges and connects different modes and experiences of institutional care, but also an ecology that makes it a practice to stay with the trouble, in the middle of the complexities and difficulties of social reproduction.

Francesco Salvini 19 02 19

If it weren't so long, this text would (like to) be a manifesto. It is not an analytical essay that interprets a site or a critical history of the movement lead by Franco Basaglia. Rather it is a deriva, an unplanned itinerary through and with a number of reflections, events, and objects I have encountered in my relationship with the contemporary healthcare system of Trieste. It is a result of a long engagement with the agents that inhabit and build this system every day, with the memories of a collective practice of care, the artefacts and places that constitute the material possibility of a practice of caring with each other, an engagement with what Franco Rotelli (2013, Cogliati 2018), one of the protagonists of the Trieste's trajectory and director of the Mental Health Department of Trieste during the 1980s and the 1990s, has called una città che cura, a city that heals, a city that cares.

Francesco Salvini 10 02 19

Gerald Raunig's introduction to the Russian translation of «Les trois écologies» by Félix Guattari published online by the independent platform syg.ma

Gerald Raunig 22 01 19

Climate change, migration and digitalization: these are the greatest challenges in the current phase of globalization. How can we meet them? In its 20th year, the Berliner Gazette, under the motto MORE WORLD, is highlighting communal practices that confront these planetary challenges. In this text, Berliner Gazette founding editor Krystian Woznicki describes the ideas of the project and how you as readers can contribute.

berlinergazette.de / Krystian Woznicki 17 01 19

From the book They'll Never Walk Alone. The Life and Afterlife of Gastarbeiters transversal texts publishes here the introduction.

Boris Buden, Lina Dokuzović 16 01 19

The Beautiful Warriors

Technofeminist Praxis in the Twenty-First Century

From the German book Die schönen Kriegerinnen. Technofeministische Praxis im 21. Jahrhundert, transversal texts publishes the English translation of Cornelia Sollfrank’s preface.

Cornelia Sollfrank 21 12 18

An interview with Max Haiven on agency, derivative sociality and the common in the age of self-learning algorithms.

Max Haiven / Krystian Woznicki 01 11 18

MACAO, an autonomous center for art, culture and research is now in danger.
In recent days the alt-right Salvini government decided to foster the repression against migrants and squatters with a new extremely fascist decree.
Meanwhile the local government of Milano is going to vote in the municipal council to privatize the building in which Macao is based, conferring the property to BNL, a real estate fund. The bank will auction the building, resulting in the eviction of Macao.

14 10 18

After thousands demonstrated against the ÖVP-FPÖ government, we are back on the street: Every Thursday since October 4 we have met in a different place in Vienna to protest this neoliberal right-wing extremist government, but above all we assemble to exchange and to show: yes, there are alternatives, and yes, there are ways of doing things better for everyone.
Rubia Salgado was one of many who spoke at Ballhausplatz on the October 4 in front of thousands of people. Here is her speech.

Rubia Salgado 09 10 18

One after another the names resound, names without bodies that tell of a multitude of lives and histories shattered on the borders of Europe: Asmat – Names is the title Dagmawi Yimer gave to his short film, one of the most powerful and evocative portrayals of the shipwreck of October 3, 2013. Anonymity is, after all, one of the defining characteristics of the women, men and children in transit on the Mediterranean, as is also the case in many other border zones. Recovering the irreducible singularity of an existence is the extreme gesture of resistance to which Asmat – Names challenges us.

Sandro Mezzadra 08 10 18

A dramatic political shift is taking place: racism and discrimination are becoming socially acceptable. What yesterday was considered unthinkable and unutterable has today become a reality. Humanity and human rights, religious freedom, and the rule of law are being openly attacked. This is an attack on all of us.

02 10 18

The last few days, we have been witnessing with emotion and rage the developments in relation to the violent, unexpected, and unjust death of queer activist and drag performer Zak Kostopoulos in the centre of Athens.

Collective text 29 09 18

Actualize your Imagination as Narrative and as Infrastructure

An interview with Stefania Milan on media, tech and data activism

Focusing on contemporary perspectives of media, tech and data activism, the interview with Stefania Milan discusses their roles within social movement ecologies, the political positions between prefigurative radical activism and reformist participation in ‘multi-stakeholder decision-making’ processes, and the broader question concerning the relationship between social media and protest against the backdrop of the rising critique of commercial platforms.

Stefania Milan / Raimund Minichbauer 14 09 18

Casa Invisible is here to stay!

Die Casa Invisible bleibt!

¡La Casa Invisible se queda!

Against the eviction of the Invisible, against Mall-aga, against the compliant city

For over eleven years Casa Invisible has been a guarantor of alternative cultures and ecologies of care in Málaga, and it has also been a social machine for everything that is incompliant in the middle of the compliant city. Last week Málaga’s city administration ordered its eviction within 15 days. But: La Invi se queda …

Gerald Raunig 23 07 18

Während in der Presse sowie in der Pariser Innenstadt – vor allem im touristischen und wohlhabenden Viertel Quartier Latin, das 1968 einer der Austragungsorte der studentischen Proteste war – im Mai 2018 eine teils nostalgische Erinnerungskultur zelebriert wird, sind seit mehreren Wochen zahlreiche französische Universitäten besetzt und wird der Bahnverkehr teilweise bestreikt.

Lotte Arndt 20 07 18

For a European Residency Permit

International Solidarity Day in Ventimiglia

Progetto 20k invites all the realities, the associations, the indipendent unions, the groups and every single person that deals with themes regarding immigration policies or that believes in solidarity, to participate in the organization of the 14th of July mobilisation in Ventimiglia.

Progetto 20k 01 07 18

Daily Resistance is looking for distributors. Daily Resistance is a periodical newspaper on actual paper written by activists with and without migration experience aimed to reach people in refugee camps (https://dailyresistance.oplatz.net).

Daily-Resistance-Team 01 07 18

Das Radio befindet sich, mit Rosalind Krauss gesprochen, in einer Post-Medium Condition, sagte Bernhard Siegert an dem Roundtable zum Ende der Konferenz Radiophonic Cultures – Sonic Environments and Archives in Hybrid Media Systems in Basel. Daraufhin fragte Colin Lang: Wenn das Radio sich in seiner Post-Medium Condition befände, was war es davor, also bevor es in diesen Post-Zustand geraten ist?

Eran Schaerf 01 07 18

The philosopher Gilles Deleuze states: “there are images of thought that impede us from thinking.” That is, we have images of what it means to think (a force of will, an academic work) that block thought. Could we also say that there are “images of change” that impede us from changing? Images of what change is supposed to be (in this case, social or political) that block the practice of change itself.

Amador Fernández-Savater 10 06 18