Direct Democracy Under Construction: A Conversation with Dario Azzellini

In this episode of Forms of Life, host Nato Thompson speaks with documentary filmmaker, writer and political scientist Dario Azzellini about community organizing and social movements. Beginning with Azzellini’s experiences as an activist in Latin America, and specifically Venezuela, their conversation traces the influence that political resistance in the region has had on recent movements such as Occupy and the uprisings labeled “the Arab Spring.” Azzellini and Thompson discuss alternatives to today’s representational politics, considering how practices like neighborhood assemblies and cooperative workplaces can transform states into direct democracies.

Forms of Life is a monthly podcast hosted by Creative Time’s Chief Curator, Nato Thompson. Guests are culture makers whose work posits new ways of looking at political realities. By addressing a wide range of issues such as alternative economies, calcified political structures, new forms of collective living, or simply being a thorn in the side of normality, Forms of Life interviews provide an opportunity to think counterintuitively about social conditions people face around the world.

Special thanks to The Clocktower Gallery and for their support.

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