Hidden Economies Seminar Preliminary Schedule
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DATE: 22. October, 2014
TIME: 18:00-21:00 (Limited space is available for this event.) Andrea Creutz & Elizabeth Ward/ Dinner Event Capitalism, as we live it
DATE: 23. October, 2014
10-10:10 Welcome
10:15-11:00 Maliha Safri: Visualization and representation of alterity in the economy
11:15-12:00 Vladan Jeremic with Leone Contini Market-oriented welfare economy and mechanisms of racist exclusion
12:15-13:00 LUNCH
13:15-14:00 Marina Vishmidt: A conversation to know if there is a conversation to be had
14:15-16:15 Andrea Francke Workshop Radical Pragmatics Prep-work: A workshop about the consequences of creating a new model of childcare
16:30-17:15 Caroline Woolard & Susan Jahoda Time-Property Geography
18:00-21:00 (Limited space is available for this event.) Collaborative Dinner Event with Tapori Tiffins (Zeenath Hasan): We Are What We Say We Eat
DATE: 24. October, 2014
10-10:45 Esra Erdem The Political Economy of Urban Alterity: A Heterotopic Perspective
11:00-11:45 Haben und Brauchen (Florian Wüst) with Kotti & Co. (Sandy Kaltenborn) Pushing back against the neoliberal city
12:00-12:45 LUNCH
13:00-15:00 Marina Vishmidt Workshop: The WE Voice
15:15-16:15 Reneé Ridgway in conversation with Geoff Cox | Disrupting Business/Crowdfunding: Monetizing the crowd
16:30- 17:15 Jakob Jakobsen Reflections on self-organised education, past and present, in relation to the ongoing economisation of public education.
18:30-21:00 Schizo-Hidden-Cash-Book Release for Jakob Jakobsen/Neblua Press new book: Bidrag til kritik af den politiske vidensøkonomi


Descriptions of Presentations:

Pre-Seminar EventDATE: 22. October, 2014Andrea Creutz & Elizabeth Ward/Dinner Event:

Capitalism–as we live it:

In the project we look for formats to collectively reflect on what socio-economic structures and conditions bring into everyday life. It departs from the assumption that everyone in the community participates and is implicated in capitalist structures; therefore having access to first-hand knowledge about this on many different levels. We think this kind of knowledge can be taken into consideration to a larger extent, and be better formulated, through exchange and analysis of our collective and individual experiences

DAY ONE–DATE: 23. October, 2014
Maliha Safri  Visualization and representation of alterity in the economy

Multiple social movements are moved by the thought of another world, another economy. These efforts go by many names: diverse and/or community economies (Gibson-Graham), social and solidarity economies (Miller), the ethical economy, cooperative economics. Within economic geography as well as activist circles, visualization and representation have taken place through either simple user maps, or GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps. Initial results from a study in New York and Philadelphia are presented, along with the challenges of ‘visibilizing’ occluded economies.

Vladan Jeremic in conversation with Leone Contini

Market-oriented welfare economy and mechanisms of racist exclusion

 Vladan Jeremić’s talk will focus on their research on capitalist economies that are based on racist exclusion with the example of Roma forced to live in isolated container settlements in Europe. The animated video “The Housing Question” will be shown, followed by a conversation with Leone Contini.
“The Housing Question” incorporates animated drawings of the city of Rome and the speech of three characters: an elderly woman who survived a concentration camp in Germany and two younger male characters who live in contemporary ghettoized settlements in Rome. The animation emphasizes the continuity of European racist policies towards Roma, situating their speech in the familiar historical setting of the city or places in Rome such as Casilina 700 and 900 where settlements have been demolished and their inhabitants relocated to containers.

Leone Contini’s portion of the discussion will focus on strategies carried by Roma to overcome situations of urgency, and will present two videos [or “two case studies”]. The first one about a family of Roma refugees from Kossovo who fled to Serbia. In the summer of 2008, the entire family constructed a house made out of mud and recycled materials, reactivating a traditional building knowledge, to overcome a dramatic condition in the present. The second video [or “case study”] focuses on Roma that developed mining skills in a neglected park in Tirana. In 1939, Italian invaders built a weapons factory there, renamed Uzina Enver during communism and eventually destroyed during the civil war in 1997. These “urban miners” are now collecting the leftovers of these modernist failures: italian bullets from the twenties and rusty fragments of Kalashnikovs are sold by weight for metal.

Marina Vishmidt   A conversation to know if there is a conversation to be had

This presentation by Marina Vishmidt will outline the mains themes developed in the series of publications LABOUR and PERSONA and the forthcoming WE (Not I) edited collaboratively with Melissa Gordon. The three magazines (designed by Kaisa Lassinaro) arose out of a series of women artist meetings entitled “A conversation to know if there is a conversation to be had” and through the presentation of the entire project Vishmidt and Gordon will draw out some of the arguments and stories presented in relationship to a complicated understanding of the female subject in relationship to labour and the market of ideas.


Andrea Francke–Workshop: Radical Pragmatics Prep-work: A workshop about the consequences of creating a new model of childcare

A new childcare center is being created. Help us think about consequences along with possibilities.

 Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, Francke’s ongoing project, has been actively leading the campaign to re-instate a childcare setting at the Royal College of Arts in London. We’ve researched the history of the nursery that existed in the campus during the 70’s and 80’s and organized discussions to explore what are the needs and desires of the parents. This workshop will use the research collated so far to explore historical models of childcare and their consequences in terms of policy impact, ideological and cultural reproduction. Questions we are considering: Is a self-governed space inside the institution a victory of de-bureaucratization or a “Big Society” construction?  How did different childcare initiatives from the 70’s navigate the path of becoming government policy and why are they disappearing?

The results of the workshop will be used on a week long course at the RCA in which students will develop potential models for childcare centers to be implemented at the college.

Caroline Woolard & Susan JahodaTime-Property Geography

Ethan Miller writes that, “our burden is not to develop a new abstract blueprint or scheme that we must then convince (or force) everyone to follow; it is rather to identify the spaces of hope and creation that surround us, name them, celebrate them, organize to strengthen and connect them, and in so doing create new possibilities and relationships.”

Woolard & Jahoda will present the results from their week-long workshop with students from The Jutland Art Academy, The Royal Academy and the KUNO network. The workshop does the following:

Asks participants to hold together the contradictory ways in which we traverse solidarity economies within capitalism. In a series of listening protocols, participants articulate experiences within the diverse economies of a single day: commons, state, collectively managed private space, collectively used private space, and private space. Sensing, recording, and reflecting upon interactions within these time-property geographies, participants become newly sensitive to the forms of property, labor, and sounds of diverse economies in everyday life. After a day of recording, articulating, and reflecting upon the past, participants will actively pursue a day of solidarity time-property geographies, identifying solidarity in hidden economies.

Collaborative Dinner Event with Tapori Tiffins (Zeenath Hasan)

We Are What We Say We Eat

In consideration of sentient beings, vegan converts gave up meat…then some took up mock meats.
In the meantime, born vegetarians are happy without meat references on their plates. Dependancies linger and are hard to shake off.  In this dinner workshop we will cook meat rhetorically. And see what pleasures we derive from this way of mnemonic cooking.

Participants of the Hidden Economies seminar will tenderize smoky carrots, mince pink hummus, and tear strawberry leather to prepare dinner that is reminiscent of cooking meat, minus the meat … or the mock meat.

Expect an 8min warm up into your countertop tasks. While you are deep into your activity, Zeenath will deliver a pre-epochal narrative of self-organised eating, approx. 15 min. Nibbling during the workshop activity and talk is encouraged.

The cooking material is provided by Tapori Tiffins of Malmö.

DAY TWO–DATE: 24. October, 2014
Esra Erdem – The Political Economy of Urban Alterity: A Heterotopic Perspective

The talk seeks to contribute to the conference through a critical engagement with economic discourses on the political economy of alternative urban spaces. I argue against a ‘capitalocentric’ understanding of the economy that either dismisses such emancipatory urban imaginaries as marginal (conceptualizing them as transitory phenomena, as aberrations to be co-opted by capitalist development) or falls into a ‘left melancholy’ of embattled urban sites engaged in heroic if hopeless anticapitalist struggles.

In place of such ‘capitalocentrism’, the talk explores what might be gained by staging a theoretical encounter between Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia and J. K. Gibson-Graham’s theory of diverse economies and postcapitalist politics. It proposes a distinct theoretical opening towards rethinking the economy and argues for a discourse that allows for the recognition of a greater variety of economic practices whilst remaining alert to the danger of theoretical closure through an empiricist concretion of economic difference. The heterotopic articulation of economic diversity is shown to support the theoretical elaboration of three aspects of urban alterity: the ubiquity and multiplicity of “other spaces,” the non-deterministic character of the spatial and economic order, and the process-oriented character of a politics of economic difference and subjectivity.

Haben und Brauchen (Florian Wüst) with Kotti & Co. (Sandy Kaltenborn) Pushing back against the neoliberal city
Marina Vishmidt Workshop: The WE Voice

In this workshop Marina Vishmidt will lead a discussion around some of the main discussions of collectivity touched on in LABOUR, PERSONA and their upcoming project WE (Not I). Dropping Out and the radical refusal and re-valuation of Cady Noland’s recent court case, the larger understanding of genius in an essay by Christine Battersby and it’s relationship to paternal land ownership, and Marina’s interview with W.A.G.E will all be used to discuss the manner in which re-thinking the origins of collective understanding and consensus can lead us to an in-depth discussion about the possibilities of collective action.


Reneé Ridgway in conversation with Geoff Cox

Geoff Cox will introduce the notion of Disrupting Business, which explores some of the interconnections between art, activism and the business concept of disruptive innovation. Responding to the crisis in financial capitalism and austerity cuts in the cultural sphere, it focuses on potential art strategies in relation to a broken economy to suggest that this also presents new opportunities for cultural producers to achieve more autonomy over their production process. Co-edited with Tatiana Bazzichelli, the book is concerned broadly with business as material for reinvention, including critical writing and examples of art/activist projects. Renée Ridgway will discuss her contribution, Crowdfunding: Monetizing the crowd, along with her forthcoming text that addresses ‘funding the commons’, through shared resources, free knowledge, open code and collaborative endeavor.

Jakob Jakobsen

Reflections on self-organised education, past and present, in relation to the ongoing economization of public education.


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