Auto Italia, London, 25 August 2011 — 28 August 2011
Federico Campagna, Huw Lemmey, Michael Oswell and Charlie Woolley

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.

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.

Mark Fisher in conversation with Marina Vishmidt
25 Aug 2011, 19:00 — 21:00

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

Workshop led by the Free Association
25 Aug 2011, 13:00 — 14:00

In this event The Free Association invites you to join them in collective reading and writing.

Presentation and workshop from Nina Wakeford
26 Aug 2011, 19:00 — 21:00

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

Book Bloc Launch
27 Aug 2011, 18:00 — 20:00

Join us in the launch of the Book Bloc with The Alliance of Radical Booksellers, presenting their radical network of book shops.

Nina Power in conversation with Franco Bifo Berardi
28 Aug 2011, 15:00 — 17:00

The final event in the series presents a discussion between social theorists Franco Beradi Bifo and Nina Power.