Auto Italia, London, 25 August 2011 — 28 August 2011
Federico Campagna, Huw Lemmey, Michael Oswell and Charlie Woolley
We Have Our Own Concept of Time and Motion, 2011. Courtesy of the artists.

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.

Auto Italia, Book Bloc, and the Deterritorial Support Group hold workshops and panel discussions throughout the event, along with daily podcasts recorded and distributed online. A new publication outlines the live programme, along with interviews and discussions from Art Torrents and AAAAARG, amongst others. Michael Oswell contributes an additional supplement during the project in the exhibition space.

We Have Our Own Concept of Time and Motion comes from a network of artists formed around Auto Italia. It is a product of artists finding affinity with one another’s projects, ideas and aspirations. It draws on the intangible expertise, knowledge and network around Auto Italia to produce new information that can develop a wider narrative for the future of grassroots projects and artist-led organisations.

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

Mark Fisher and Marina Vishmidt discuss how art work provides a possibility for a post-capitalist future.

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

The Free Association invites participants to join them in collective reading and writing.

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

In this event Nina Wakeford questions 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

For the launch of the Book Bloc The Alliance of Radical Booksellers present 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 ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Nina Power.