The commons and the state – reading and discussion 24th August

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This month we will be investigating how those fighting for commons within the city can interact with the state – and the pros and cons of such attempts. Can we force the state to recognise our commons? Can we use the state to create commons? There are a few readings but they are all short:

On the Bologna experiment
http://www.shareable.net/blog/interviewed-professor-christian-iaione-on-the-city-as-commons

And Barcelona in Common: http://roarmag.org/2015/03/barcelona-en-comu-guanyem/

And on the idea of the Partner State:
http://p2pfoundation.net/Partner_State

The session will be at 7pm, on Monday August 24th, at The Field, 385 Queens Road, SE14 5HD

New Cross Commoners Reading Group- Ursula Le Guin’s ‘Future Archeologies’

The text for the reading group will be extracts from Ursula K Le Guin’s Always Coming Home – at once a novel, a critical utopia and an ‘archaeology of the future’. With them in mind, we’ll reflect on and map processes of transition: of arrivals, changes and departures in our lives and the places we live and work. What are these transitions, how are they marked, and how do they relate to conditions of precarity in contemporary society? All are welcome!

The session will be at 7pm, on Monday July 13th, at The Field, 385 Queens Road, SE145HD
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If you want to read about what we did in the last session on Guattari’s Cartographies (not necessary for this session, but does explain where we’re picking up from) you can read a summary here.

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Screening of Three Moments a Shout of Cecilia Barriga

The New Cross Commoners would like to invite you to the projection of Three Moments, A Shout by Cecilia Barriga (2013) on Wednesday the 3rd of June 7pm at The Field 385 Queens Road, SE14 5HD.

The film brings together three moments of indignation. In Madrid, “Taking Over The Square” in La Puerta de Sol, with the shouts of “No, they don’t, they don’t represent us, No!. In New York “Occupy Wall Street”, with the chant, “We are the 99%”, and in Santiago de Chile, “Taking Over The Schools”, the students, after occupying the schools for over seven months, give them back to the authorities, shouting, “Chilean Education must not be sold, but defended”.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Elisa Fonta, a collaborator of Cecilia Barriga and active participant in the 15M movement.

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new cross commoners reading 25.05.15 – Guattari’s cartographies (and New Cross)

Come to a nxc reading next monday 25.05.15 at The Field, from 7 to 9pm

We will read Brian Holmes’ “Guattari’s Schizoanalytic Cartographies”

https://brianholmes.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/guattaris-schizoanalytic-cartographies/

The text is long and dense, we’ll focus on the last sections “The Fourfold” and “Start Again” where Holmes explains Guattari’s diagram. We will re-draw the diagram and try to make use of it to map the “chaos” and complexity of New Cross, The Field, the new cross commoners, starting from our knowledge and experience of the neighbourhood.

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the 24 hours commons – 15.03.15 10-18 at the field

An effort at the commonning of labor, management, design, production, profits during a 24 hour experiment.
Using resources available from the commons.
(an 8 hour work day, 36 hour delivery time).

In this experiment, we’ll come together and from scratch we will design, build and sell a useful product within a fixed period of time using collected, gathered and donated common goods.

What will we make: tables? bread? bags of dirt? mugs? Come and help decide. Profits will be collectively managed as well. All unsold things and unused resources will be returned to the commons (possible ground to dust).

This is an event between art and production in that there is an artistic process (creative play with the social and material) and a productive goal (the making of something to sell for a profit).

Drop by anytime to participate or come by in the afternoon to buy whatever useful item we decide to make.
Note…10 AM is the time when the work floor opens and initial production decisions (profit distribution work flow, labor distribution etc…) will be made. Stop by then if you want a say.

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4pm-8pm 15 March @ The Field New Cross #24hourcommons
385 Queens Road SE14

Forbidden Goldsmiths Archive: a Fortune-telling Experience
Choose five images from the forbidden archive to be projected in our miniature cinema and be told your fortune by our team of image interpreters.
Price: 50 pence.

Pasta in the envelopes: hand-made common-sourced freshly made
Tagliatelle a la NX and Camberwell Farfalle 

Common flower and eggs!

Individualized hand-crafted packaging with unique drawings
Limited edition available only on the 15th March from the Field New Cross.
Price: 70g envelope donations from 50p.

Support commoners! Enjoy fresh common produce! Help us fundraise to keep the Field open!
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art as commons: collective collage and poetry making 07.12.14

Art as commons is an experiment that aims to make use of art as a shared resource, against the control of the State and the enclosure of the art market and the “art world”. As New Cross commoners for more than a year we have been using texts to learn how to organize different forms of commoning in our life. With art as commons we’ll also try to make use of art to explore different ways of sustaining our lives collectively.

This session is facilitated by Rosie. We will be making collaborative collages and poems, recycling the text of old paperback novels and images from magazines. Inspired by ‘The Humument’ by Tom Phillips and the ‘cut ups’, political collage practice of rearranging texts and images, we will explore together the subversive and revolutionary nature of these forms of art!

This session is very much open to those who do not draw or paint or write poetry and who are not professional artists or writers. Art as commons is art beyond its professionalization. How to make of art making a practice that intersects with everyday life? How can it respond to everyday needs and desires?

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art as commons: collective drawing at the field 23.11.14 from 2 to 5pm

Art as commons is an experiment that aims to make use of art as a shared resource, against the control of the State and the enclosure of the art market and the “art world”. As New Cross commoners for more than a year we have been using texts to learn how to organize different forms of commoning in our life. With art as commons we’ll also try to make use of art to explore different ways of sustaining our lives collectively.

We will start with a drawing session very much open also to those who do not draw and who are not professional artists. Art as commons is art beyond its professionalization. How to make of drawing a practice that intersects with everyday life? How to bring drawing into the streets? How can drawing respond to everyday needs and desires?

This session will be facilitated by Daniel: “We’ll draw together to discover spaces of co-creation different from those usually set up in artistic education. Western art does not have a strong tradition of non-hierarchical collective image-making. On the bases of projects I have done recently, we will experiment with an exercise that will create an alternative to the usual attachment to authorship, playing with a dialogue between rules and freedom.”

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