A selection of shorts from P2P Fightsharing III: Precarity will be shown at the New Great Wall of Oakland, right outside of Pro Arts Gallery, including Mayday Barcelona (8:52); St. Precarious Goes Shopping (5:51); Yomango Tango (6:11); Gimme an occupation of the premises with that McStrike (4:05).
“MayDay! MayDay! We are the precarious. We are hireable on demand, available on call, exploitable at will and firable at whim. We have become skillful jugglers of jobs and contortionists of flexibility. But beware: we are agitating with a common strategy to share our flexfights!”
In the highlight of the neoliberal economy based on immaterial production and flexible labour, ‘Precarity’ poetically catches the social and economic insecurity of our everyday life. For us: legal or illegalised migrants, unemployed workers without welfare-state guarantees, freelancers, temps, part-timers, students and flexworkers, ‘precarity’ means the permanent fragility of our income, job or housing.
‘Precarity’ is a codeword. It allows us to connect, communicate and circulate our localised flexfights. Across Europe and other continents, we’ve organised ourselves and showed our angry face through innovative actions: we’ve blocked commercial chains, occupied abandoned factories, interrupted the prime time news, stole champaign in supermarkets and showed our devotion to Saint Precarious at the MayDay Parade …
An advertisement for a new brand of collective labor activism
From the occupation of abandoned factories in Argentina (The Take, Naomi Klein) and the struggle for a union of fired Telecom tempworkers (Friend or Foe, Korea) and Mexican Holiday Inn workers (Michael Moore, USA), to the impossible efforts of Bulgarian and Turkish textile workers to achieve the Olympic dream (NOlympism, Clean Clothes Campaign), the DVD “Precarity” gathers a series of transeuropean documentaries on the struggles of both casualized service and factory workers.
The action methods of the précaires vary from traditional syndicalist action to innovative actions based on subvertising, culture jamming and media stunts : the occupation of the premises by McStrikers in Paris (McStrike, Paris), the picketing of chainstores open on Sunday’s (Mayday Parade – Milan), the interruption of the French prime time news (Intermittents du spectacle, Paris), the devotion to Saint Precarious (Saint Precarious goes shopping, Milan), the reality hacking of the hot spots of consumerism (Chainworkers, Milan – YoMango-Tango, Barcelona – Adbusters, Japan) and the docu-fictions “Precarity Academy” (Teleimmagini, Mayday Parade Milan) and “Trash Contract” (UBU TV, Barcelona).
The videos on “Precarity” show the emerging of a new form of labor auto-organisation that is moving from the level of negotiation into reticular and direct-action based organization. 197 min of digital video are translated into 6 languages to enforce the building of a disruptive, socio-political identity and to demonstrate the possibility of insurrection beyond any classical trade union scheme of representation.
Read more HERE.
Part of the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival
About the Festival Organizers:
Pro Arts is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, social practice, public art, and education. Founded in 1973, Pro Arts is one of the few remaining institutions in Oakland that is artist-centered and that continues to function as a platform for experimentation, supporting the freedom to create challenging, non-commercial work in critical art context.
Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.
OUR MEDIA PARTNER: Shareable.net (A fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center)
Shareable.net is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners.
Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics. Blurring the line between economics and storytelling, Upstream inspires listeners to imagine what a more just, sustainable, and beautiful economy might look like.