We Have Our Own Concept of Time and Motion

Federico Campagna, Huw Lemmey, Michael Oswell and Charlie Woolley
25 - 28 August 2011



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

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 becomes 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 production especially from the position of an artist-run space, 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.

Workshops and panel discussions are 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 produced outlines the live programme along with interviews and discussions from Art Torrents and AAAAARG amongst others, with an additional supplement made during the course of the project in the exhibition space by Michael Oswell.

The publication was initially distributed from the following stockists in London: X Marks the Bökship, The Showroom, The ICA, South London Gallery, Donlon Books, Banner RepeaterHousmans, Freedom Bookshop, Newham Bookshop , Koenig Books (at Serpentine Gallery, Charing Cross Road and at The Whitechapel Gallery), Bookartbookshop.

It was also available for purchase from News From Nowhere in Liverpool, Word Power Books in Edinburgh, Hydra Books in Bristol, Section 7 Books in Paris,  A Estante in Lisbon, Printed Matter in New York, Møllegades Boghandel in Copenhagen and Pro qm in Berlin.

The publication is also now available for free download here.

We have our own idea of Time and Motion comes from a network of artists who have formed around Auto Italia. It 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 organisations.



Thursday 25th August 2011

1pm – Workshop lead by the Free Association

The Free Association is a developing network of people loosely based in Leeds exploring writing, collective reading and the notion of affinity.

Listen to the recording of this event HERE.

7pm – Mark Fisher in conversation with Marina Vishmidt

Mark Fisher and Marina Vishmidt will be considering whether art work (as comparable to housework) provides a possibility for a post-capitalist future.

Mark Fisher is the author of Capitalist Realism (Zer0, 2009). He writes regularly for Film Quarterly, Sight&Sound and The Wire, and on his own weblog, k-punk. He teaches at the University of East London, Goldsmiths, University of London and the City Literary Institute

Marina Vishmidt is a writer, editor, and a Ph.D. candidate at Queen Mary, University of London, who works mainly on art, labour and the value-form. She contributes to Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Ephemera, Kaleidoscope, Parkett, and related periodicals, collections and catalogues.

Listen to the recording of this event HERE.

Friday 26th August 2011

7pm – Presentation and workshop from Nina Wakeford

Nina Wakeford discusses self-organisation versus policing within the Women’s Movement in London during the mid 1980s.

Nina Wakeford trained in sociology and anthropology at Cambridge University and Oxford University (DPhil) before developing an art practice. She currently holds and ESRC Fellowship at Goldsmiths.

Listen to the recording of this event HERE.

Saturday 27th August 2011

6pm – Book Bloc launch

Featuring speakers from The Alliance of Radical Booksellers.

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is a network supporting independent radical bookstores in the UK. They help with a variety of practical aspects of bookselling, as well as providing a sense of community.

Listen to the recording of this event HERE.

Sunday 28th August 2011

3pm – Nina Power in conversation with Franco Berardi Bifo

Federico Campagna, from online publishing platform Through Europe, chairs this discussion between two figures renowned both for their combination of critical thought and direct action.

Nina Power teaches Philosophy at Roehampton University and writes on many topics including, most recently, police and protesting. She is a founding member of the Defend the Right to Protest campaign.

Franco Berardi Bifo is a contemporary writer, theorist and activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978).

Listen to the recording of this event HERE.

In addition to the scheduled programme, Charlie Woolley and Huw Lemmey went through the archival material and copies of Class War on display with Ian Bone (listen here) and Huw also caught up with Alex Andrew, discussing the development of neo-liberal rhetoric and self organisation (listen here).