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15 Aug 2011

'We have our own concept of Time and Motion' at Auto Italia South East, London

We have our own concept of Time and Motion
Auto Italia South East


Auto Italia in collaboration with Federico Campagna, Huw Lemmey, Michael Oswell and Charlie Woolley present We have own concept of Time and Motion: a four day event devoted to the idea and practice of self-organisation. 25th - 28th August



Auto Italia South East

SE1 5AG, London

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Featuring a temporary bookshop run by the new cooperative organisation Book Bloc, archival material selected by participating artists and commissioned furniture by Charlie Woolley, the exhibition space will become a base for the production of new work and ideas. Through a series of events this project will investigate pre-conceived ideas of self-organisation and the role of gender politics within this. The project will examine models of organisation especially from the position of an artist-run space and how this fits within a neo-liberal framework and is potentially complicit in the growing precarity of all labour. The project title references the fourth issue of the publication Class War, which controversially introduced Autonomist ideas to the London anarchist scene in the mid 1980s.

Events will feature a wide variety of artists, activists, writers, designers and academics who are part of a growing network engaged in self-organisation and self-publishing. Speakers include Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, Nina Wakeford, Mark Fisher, the Free Association and the Alliance of Radical Publishers plus more to be confirmed.

Workshops and panel discussions will be held throughout the event by Auto Italia, Book Bloc and the Deterritorial Support Group, along with daily podcasts recorded and distributed online. A new publication will be produced outlining the live programme along with interviews and discussions from international organisations with an additional supplement made during the course of the project in the exhibition space by Michael Oswell.

We have our own idea of Time and Motion comes from a network of artists who have formed around Auto Italia and its programme and is a product of artists finding affinity with each others' projects, ideas and aspirations. It draws on the intangible expertise, knowledge and network which Auto Italia is a part of and will produce new information that can develop a wider narrative for the future of grass-roots projects and artist-led organisation.

Auto Italia is an artist-run project space based in South East London. It provides a framework for developing alternative and new approaches to practice and exhibition formats, co-producing new work directly with emerging artists.

A timetable will be released shortly with a detailed schedule and full list of participants.