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Left Forum 2011, March 20, 2011, Pace University, New York

Worker control and factory occupations, global South and North

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Worker control and factory occupations, global South and North
Left Forum 2011, March 20, 2011, Pace University, New York

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Is another world still possible?

Is another world still possible?
Curated by Francesca Guerisoli and Stefano Taccone

Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present

Ours to master and to own

Ours to master and to own

From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions, fought bitter strikes, and have gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses. Looking at specific examples drawn from every corner of the globe and every period of modern history, this pathbreaking volume comprehensively traces this often under-appreciated historical tradition.

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Comuna under construction (Chicago/USA)

The Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Casa de Arte y Cultura "Calles y Sueños" presents

Comuna under construction (94 min., 2011), a film about local self government in Venezuela by Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler
Followed by discussion in English/Spanish in presence of the co-director Dario Azzellini.

And book presentation "El negocio de la guerra" about Private Military Contractors an paramilitaries around the globe.

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Revolution as Process: The confluence of “top down” and “bottom up” approaches in Bolivarian Venezuela

THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA INVITE THE COMMUNITY TO THE FOLLOWING  EVENT (versión en castellano más abajo)

Revolution as Process:The confluence of “top down” and “bottom up” approaches in Bolivarian Venezuela

by Oliver Ressler & Dario Azzellini

Comuna under construction, pp. 124-129

Comuna under construction, pp. 124-129

Comuna under construction, by Oliver Ressler & Dario Azzellini, pp. 124-129

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At the Historical Materialism Conference 2010: Workers Self-Management and Alternative Work Organisation

Historical Materialism Annual Conference 2010

"crisis and critique"

soas and ulu, 11-14 november

FRIDAY 12.11.2010, 11.30-13.15, G 50

Workers Self-Management and Alternative Work Organisation I

Chair: Jeffery R. Webber
Sheila Cohen – TBA
Alan Tuckman – Workplace Occupation: Lessons from Britain in the 1970s
Immanuel Ness – Migrant Labourer Direct Action in the US: Workersʼ Control Through Factory Occupations (2005-2010)
Maurizio Atzeni (discussant)

FRIDAY, 12.11.2010, 14.15-16.00, G 51

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Comuna under construction (HMC London)

Screening: Comuna Under Construction

And debate with co-director Dario Azzellini

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Comuna Under Construction (Vancouver)

A screening of a film by Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler about local self-administration in Venezuela. The film follows the developments of community councils in Caracas' poor districts and in the countryside

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Comuna under construction

Film screening as part of the exhibition WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?

24 September - 30 October, 2010

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Comuna under Construction (FIN)

Comuna under Construction and more films by Ressler

Artist talk by O. Ressler on 27.10.10 at 6:30 pm

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Intra-Disciplinary Seminar: Comuna under Construction

Intra-Disciplinary Seminar: Film and discussion with O. Ressler

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Artists' Film Club: Make Film Politically: Comuna under construction

Comuna under Construction, film and discussion, O. Ressler in conversation with Ben Borthwick

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“Kabul, Jenin, Tehran...” (with Comuna under construction)

Recent video work addressing issues of political and documentary representation, often overlooked by mainstream media. Focused on sites of conflict and resistance--the Colombian armed conflict, postwar Afghanistan--as well as the politics of transparency and representation--the Palestinian refuge camp, the Consejo Comunal.

The series includes films by Bodil Furu and Beate Petersen (Norway), Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler (Venezuela/Austria), Reza Haeri (Iran), Carlos Motta (Colombia/U.S.), and the Otolith Group (U.K.).

Ten Years of Transformation in Venezuela

Constituent Power in Motion

Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler at the Nottingham Contemporary

The Geopolitical Turn - Art and the Contest of Globalisation

What are the reference points for contemporary art in a global economy that creates enormous wealth as well as widening inequality. Our opening conference explores the many strategies artists use to reveal the processes and human consequences of the globalised market economy. Introduced by the exhibition’s co-curator T.J. Demos – writer, curator and lecturer at University College, London – the conference includes artists George Osodi, Ursula Biemann, Dario Azzellini, Oliver Ressler and Bureau d’Études.

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Comuna under construction - DMVI Film Festival

DMV International Film Festival presents:

Comuna en construcción / Comuna under construction

25.6.2010,  6:10 pm - 7:44 pm, Goethe Institute, 812, 7th Street, NW, Washington DC

26.6.2010, 10:10 am - 11:44 am, AXUM Lounge, 1346, 9th Street, NW, Washington DC

26.6.2010, 12:35 pm - 2:04 pm, Goethe Institute, 812, 7th Street, NW, Washington DC

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The Geopolitical Turn: Art and the Contest of Globalisation

What are the reference points for contemporary art in a global economy that creates enormous wealth as well as widening inequality. Our opening conference explores the many strategies artists use to reveal the processes and human consequences of the globalised market economy. Introduced by the exhibition’s co-curator T.J. Demos – writer, curator and lecturer at University College, London – the conference includes artists George Osodi, Ursula Biemann, Dario Azzellini, Oliver Ressler and Bureau d’Études.

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Uneven Geographies

Éduardo Abaroa, Azzellini & Ressler, Yto Barrada, Ursula Biemann, Bureau d’Études, Öyvind Fahlström, Goldin + Senneby, Mark Lombardi, Steve McQueen, Cildo Meireles, George Osodi, Bruno Serralongue, Mladen Stilinović, Yang Zhenzhong

Uneven Geographies brings together the work of artists from five continents who find experimental ways of capturing the processes of globalisation, and its human consequences in various regions of the world.

Curated by T.J Demos and Alex Farquharson

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From comanagement to factory councils

Dario Azzellini: From comanagement to factory councils: reorganizing property and administration of means of production in Venezuela
Immanuel Ness: New Factory Occupations and Worker Control in North America
Marie Trigona: Occupy Everything!: Factory occupations and worker self-management in Latin America strategies for social emancipation

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International Labour Process Conference

Stream 6: Alternative Work Organisations, 
organized by
Maurizio Atzeni, Loughborough University, UK,

Dario Azzellini, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany,

Immanuel Ness

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Popular Power and the Socialist Model: A Look at Venezuela's Path to Socialism

With Camila Piñeiro Harnecker and Dario Azzellini

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Comuna under Construction

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Left Forum 2010: The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Immagination

Saturday, 20 March, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, W613

Alternative Labor Organizations: Worker Councils and Rank-and-File Control
Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
Immanuel Ness (Chair) - Brooklyn College/City University of New York 

Dario Azzellini - Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
Maurizio Atzeni - Loughborough University, UK
Peter Ranis - City University of New York (Emeritus)
Alan Tuckman - University of Nottingham

Victor Wallis - Socialism and Democracy Berklee College of Music

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Comuna Under Construction

Screening „Comuna – Under Construction“, documentary film on Venezuela

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An Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony

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Comuna Under Construction

Comuna Under Construction

“We have to decide for ourselves what we want. We are the ones who know about our needs and what is happening in our community”, Omayra Peréz explains confidently. She wants to convince her community, located on the hillside of the poor districts of Caracas, to found a Consejo Comunal (community council). In more than 30.000 Consejos Comunales the Venezuelan inhabitants decide on their concerns collectively via assemblies. Omayra is supported by the activists of the nearby shantytown “Emiliano Hernández”, which has had a Consejo Comunal for three years already.

Interview with Dario Azzellini

„Wars are not something accidental, no rare they due too bad characters“

What is it about Venezuela that is so interesting?
Since 2003 I have practically lived in Venezuela. What motivates me is that I am interested in the social transformation process happening here. It’s a different type of revolution, a new left that draws from all the experiences of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. ...