Astra Taylor: Talk to the neighbors
How can we act collectively in an age of extreme polarization, isolation, dehumanization, and dystopian imagination? What can we build from the ashes of the Arab Spring and movements like Indignados and Occupy Wall Street? Astra Taylor, a tireless organizer, is aware that a perfect social movement does not exist, but in a series of legendary attempts to improve existing ones, she has become one of the essential chroniclers of modern acts of collective resistance. Ever since she published the half-page tabloid newspaper Occupy !, inspired by the Occupy movement, she has spent her entire life debating the nature of community-driven power, pushing its boundaries, and analyzing its disagreements. We will delve into the prospects of human alliances against the invisible forces of technocratic regimes.
International filmmaker, writer and political organizer. She has directed the philosophical documentaries What Is Democracy? (TIFF 2018), Examined Life (TIFF 2008) and Žižek! (TIFF 2005). She is the author of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, which won the American Book Award, and Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, recently published by Metropolitan Books. She is also a co-founder of Debt Collective, a debtors ’union that seeks to renegotiate debts and defend millions of North American households. He writes for The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Walrus, The Baffler, n + 1 and many other media. She is a former Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a former member of the Neutral Milk Hotel touring band.
- [Book]: Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone
- [Talk]: Why Democracy Needs Socialism
- [Article]: Occupy and Space
The conversation will be in English. Participation is free, there is no registration.
Organization and production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana
In partnership with: Kino Šiška – Center of Urban Culture
For the series: Tactics & Practice
Within: konS – Platform for Contemporary Research Art