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.


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”

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.


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.


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!

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?



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.”


art as commons

artascomART AS COMMONS 2014-2015

With the New Cross commoners we have been reading texts in order to think and rethink the way we organize (people’s kitchen, the Field etc.) and how other people organize bottom up in New Cross (New Cross library etc.). With art as commons the starting point is art instead of theory: we learn from art how to think and rethink what we organize and how to experiment with different forms of commoning.

Art as commons could become a founded course starting in October 2015. It

could be structured as a university course with a beginning and an end and a number of sessions (10?) throughout the year to provide a free alternative to academic courses (see the Free University of Liverpool as an example). It would not be a course for professional artists to improve their working conditions (following Hard and Negri‘s notion of “common” – see also Teatro Valle and similar important experiments) and even less a course to improve your career as an artist (that’s the main aim of an instiotution like Goldsmiths), it is a course for everybody to produce more and different “commoning” and collective reproduction (Federici), in forms inspired by artistic practices and the collective “delirious madness” they can produce (Guattari).

At the moment we meet twice a month to read texts, discuss art and develop a practice of art making, games, exercises that can inform how we operate at the Field, in New Cross, in different instances of our collective life.

At the first meeting we put things on a map structured around 5 key elements of the art as commons, the map could be used to think the connections between the different elements and also to rethink the art as commons. Below there is a transcription of this provisional and incomplete map.

1 art as a tool of (micro)political transformation – art has to do with forms of life and with the possibility of reshaping them (Guattari, Foucault)

William Morris, Courbet (art and anarchism), Kirchner and Die Brucke (art and life), Mexican Muralism, Fluxus and Beuys, Born in Flames, Jean Rouch, Folk Archive.

Psychogeographical practice of Debord and the Situationists, Patrick Keiller’s The Robinson Institute, the Artist Placement Group, Wodiczko’s Critical Vehicles, Mierle Laderman Ukele’s, Martha Rosler; Park Fiction, and and and, Radio Alice.


Guattari: not easy to chose a text, he is difficult to read, we could read an interview. Here a useful text on Guattari and mapping, it situates art into a wider context and provides a good intro to Guattari:

Foucault: a late interview or a text on the art of life / care of the self (is there a collective dimension there?).

2 commoning, collectivization of reproduction and subsistence (Silvia Federici and friends)

people’s kitchen, make together dishes at ceramic co-op, exchange art for goods and services, cheese city (imagining places as swiss, feta, chevre…), a skipped food cafe once a month, starting a house in co-op, making batik textiles and selling them outside the Field, experiment with crisp fermentation, time banking, public cats, free shop experiment, distributing house and garden plants, chicken co-op, spirit mapping as a public safety project / public inventory,

Silvia Federici: the text on the nxc website? The are also good videos.

Massimo de Angelis: the interview on the nxc website

3 transversality: encounters between different people produce social transformation (many different small fishes getting together eat the big one) tools and methods for transversality – theatre of the oppressed, games, art making, rituals (Freire and Boal and Starhawk)

cooking at barnes wallis community centre, a campaign suggesting new cross is built on a hallucinogenic geological formation, house swapping, a choir, day swapping, newspaper theatre, skills as art e.g. bicycle powered cinema, rainbow of desire, a long common breath, inviting street neighbours to have dinner, movement therapy and other non-therapy exercises, art / nature / shamans / healing, using art to understand existing power structures (e.g. ways of seeing), ninja tarmac, performance art to translate local news, spiral dance, jams music healing getting together spirit, collective drawing rules and freedom, public banners at New Cross, making mosaics for the front of the garden, vj, mud painting at Surrey Canal.


Freire. We could read again the section on Participatory Action Research in the text on militant investigation. We could also read material from the People’s Political Economy website. We could read Ultra-red on Freire and militant investigation.

Boal – something from Games for Actors and Non-Actors?

Starhawk: something from the Empowerment Manual + some exercises to try, e.g. chapter 5 on learning.

Something on games. Some Bateson and how he has been taken up by conflict mediators and similar professional features.

4 Goldsmiths enclosing knowledge, we use Goldsmiths as a resource that needs to be dis-enclosed and collectivized – to get funding through Goldsmiths.

Locksmith classes, make access at goldsmiths possible by sharing codes and cards, one knowledge transfer session every week from everyone based on a film a text a poem, dj historian, dj sampling.


Free University of Liverpool

Funding applications.

Halberstam’s “Notes on Failure”

5 New Cross and beyond – the people, organizations, inside and outside New Cross, that we could invite and do stuff with

The Field, Ceramic co-op, Assembly, Grow Wild, New Cross Learning, New Cross Poetry Workshop, New Cross Forum / Our New Cross, Harts Lane Studios, Open Book Project at Goldsmiths, Sutton Community Farm, Croydon Music scene, Southwark Mosaics, Visiting international occupations, Southwark Notes, Seeds for Change, People’s Political Economy, Nanopolitics Group, Plan C, London Roots collective, Ultra-red, Radical Education Forum, House of Brag, Brave New Alps, Radical Theory Forum, Free University of Liverpoool, Mayday Rooms, Common House,, Precarious Workers Brigade, Platform and Shake!


documentation about new cross, e.g. on gentrification and recent developments


22.11.14 workshop at the Field 2-4pm: words bodies and bodies for and against bodies and words for words and bodies

words bodies and bodies for and against bodies and words for words and bodies
a workshop performed between bodies, texts, movements.

What is the relationship between bodies and community and ideas as words and theory?
How does this play out in social space?

What is the common landscape of being, of my and your body, of our bodies?
How does this intersect with the world of experienced language in writing?
How does all this play out on the common world of shared space?

Come ready to move and read and interact.
A guided “performance” workshop.

The idea is to generate more questions then answers, unless there
are no questions.