Social Fabric Symposium 10.3.2012

Social Fabric symposium

Discussions, talks and performances around textile production from guest speakers including trade unionists, artists and academics

Mill label, 1930s, courtesy of Jyotindra Jain and Mr. Abhishek Poddar

How do textiles affect the way we think about art, society and politics? The Social Fabric symposium invites contemporary artists, art historians, curators and cultural theorists to explore this question in a day of presentations and debate.

Taking Iniva’s Social Fabric exhibition as its starting point, it aims to explore textile production and consumption in relation to global trade, labour and radical politics.

In partnership with the Royal College of Art


  • Professor Sarat Maharaj
  • Professors Janis Jefferies (Goldsmiths, Univeristy of London)
  • Professor John Hutnyk (Goldmsiths, Univeristy of London)
  • Carol Tulloch (TrAIN Senior Research Fellow)
  • Kit Hammonds (Curating contemporary art lecturer, RCA),
  • Sudhir Patwardhan (Social Fabric exhibiting artist)
  • Alice Creischer (Social Fabric exhibiting artist)
  • Slavs and Tatars (art collective)
  • Grant Watson Iniva’s Senior Curator and Research Associate

Symposium overview

This symposium addresses two basic themes relating to textiles as medium, commodity and ubiquitous presence in everyday life.

Departing from the exhibition Social Fabric at Rivington Place, speakers will draw out the connection between textiles and social processes – the link with patterns of globalised trade, contact between cultures, and textile production as a site of organised labour.

The second strand of the symposium looks at the way artists, art historians and curators have chosen textiles as an area of research, drawn by its relationship to the topics outlined above – demonstrating their reasons for making textile materials and references central to their artworks and exhibition projects.

The Social Fabric symposium highlights how this subject touches on a wide range of different aspects of culture and society, something reflected in the line-up for the day. Speakers with backgrounds in textiles, art, cultural studies and politics, will have a rare opportunity to converse and provide audiences a unique opportunity to join this discussion.

See the full programme for the day here


The Tab Centre
2 Austin Street
Greater London
E2 7NB

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NB. For a concessionary rate (students, over 60s, unemployed) please enter the promotional code iniva_concession. For group bookings of more than 4 people please contact Rivington Place reception.

Event details

Type: Symposium
Location: The Tab Centre
Date: 10 Mar 2012
9:30am – 6pm
Admission: £25 (£15 concessions) + booking fee



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Red Tape 15.2.2012

Red Tape presents the second discussion of the series:
on Wednesday 15th February, at 5pm in the Performing Arts Lab, Stevens Building.
Joining us will be

The pre-reader for this discussion is now available to download on 
We will provide a printed version on the day of the discussion
For More Information –
Red Tape is a discussion series led by students of the Visual Communication programme at the Royal College of Art. In a bid to further understand and challenge contemporary practice, Red Tape provides a framework to discuss relevant issues and ideas that are reshaping the role of visual communication and its relationship with politics, culture, society, fiction and the future.
The first discussion is now available to view on :

We look forward to seeing you,

The Red Tape Team

Marx at the Movies 16.3.2012

Marx at the Movies Conference, March 16-17, 2012

University of Central Lancashire

See the extensive Conference programme here.

in partnership with

Lancashire International Film Festival @LIFEPreston2012

and sponsored by

The Contemporary Arts Development Group (CADG) and the Research Fund of the School of Journalism, Media and Communication (JOMEC)

Friday 16 March: Mitchell & Kenyon Theatre

9.00 am: Coffee and Registration
9.30 am: Welcome

Peter James Anderson, Director of Research (JOMEC)

Ewa Mazierska, Anandi Ramamurthy and Lars Kristensen (UCLan)

10.00-11.00 am: Keynote

Citizens: On Marx and Kane 
John Hutnyk (Goldsmiths College, UCL)

11.00-11.10 am: Coffee break

11.10-1.10 pm: Breakaway session (Rooms TBA)


see here for the rest of the programme

La Haine and Injustice double bill 6pm Goldsmiths 13.2.2012

La Haine and Injustice double bill

6pm-10pm Goldsmiths RHB 137a

all welcome

La Haine: dir. Mathieu Kassovitz, France, 1995, 97 mins

Injustice: dir Ken Fero & Tarig Mehmood 2001, 98 mins

these two screenings on police and deaths in custody in conjunction with the Centre for Cultural Studies, Capital course, Text and Image course and the No Borders Convergence. All welcome.


Capitalism and Cultual Studies essay prompt:

Using theoretical categories of Marx’s Capital, as read in this course, (and even if you wish, coquetting with his style) consider how this analysis may or may not be pertinent to a contemporary issue, class formation, or campaign of which you may have experience or knowledge.

For example you may have been engaged in areas such as am environmental movement, feminist struggles, education, mental health, bank reform, anti-racism, international solidarity, and can use this experience as a way to think through what reading Marx might be (good for) today. This is an opportunity to examine your own recent or present involvement as a student, worker (full or part-time), or other relevant subject position under Capitalism (benefits recipient, ‘artist’, activist, tourist, migrant, musician, tinker, tailor, soldier, spy… gender, sexuality, sub-cultural group, political persuasion…).

This may mean examining your position within a particular institutional apparatus, or evaluating subjective elements against the abstract categories and dialectical method. It is hoped you can develop the analysis of concepts from Capital so as to bring out more clearly the circumstances in which your own contribution, or not, to surplus value production is implicated (in class struggles).

In making your assessment, give some consideration to the rendering of Marx’s Capital by any of the major commentators considered in the course (Derrida, Bataille, Spivak, Autonomia, Heideggerian Marxism[?], Frankfurt School, Fortunati, Jameson etc).

Keyword prompts: war, imperialism, arms trade, star wars, drones, science policy, science workers, support workers, innovation, anti-racism, anti-imperialism, culture industry, hip hop, sexuality, minority/majority, ethnicity, whiteness, education, teaching factory, students, online, corral, olympics, transport, corruption, crisis, policing, control, health, climate, childcare, data input, cleaning, mining, tourism, sweatshops, art, library, publishing, etc., deportation, detention, border, crisis, austerity

Three events for CCS – Write Now – Deleuze – No Borders.

Three near overlapping events in thee next 10 days for Centre for Cultural Studies people at Goldsmiths:


Write Now! BER-CPH-LON PhD Symposium (Feb 9-11 2012)

You have to, you want to, you need to Write Now!

But how do you publish? 

In an atmosphere of loneliness, alienation, rejection, competition, anxiety, hierarchy, nepotism and jealousy, how does the “early career scholar” (re)negotiate the imperative to produce? Given the increases demands of the academic publishing industry, how can we avoid labouring under illusions, false promises and unrealistic expectations?  

And yet the pleasures of the text, new platforms and opportunities for publishing and sharing, are there before us. 

Open to Goldsmiths PhD candidates of all departments. 

Practical aspects of working towards a book publication will be a core part of the symposium.

Bring your ideas, texts, criticism. 

no charge (supported by the Goldsmiths Annual Fund).




Deleuze, Philosophy, Transdisciplinarity 

Goldsmiths, 10th-12th February
Plenary Speakers: Jean-Claude Dumoncel, Eric Alliez, John Mullarkey, Laura Cull, Anne Sauvagnargues

Invited Speakers: Giuseppe Bianco, Andrew Goffey, Marjorie Gracieuse, Tatsuya Higaki, Christian Kerslake, Iain MacKenzie, Stamatia Portanova, Nathan Widder

Organised by the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London (Masa Kosugi) and the Faculty of Humanities and School of European culture and Languages, the University of Kent (Guillaume Collett)

We are now entering a new phase of Deleuze studies which seeks to understand the specificity of Deleuze’s mode of philosophising. This is necessary, firstly in order to establish an account of his work’s developments and ruptures which is neither reductive nor partisan and secondly, to be able to better situate Deleuze within the context of contemporary thought. While the concept of immanence has recently been seized upon as the way of measuring Deleuze’s philosophical development (Kerslake, 2009; Beistegui, 2010), this conference would like to shift the focus to another yet closely interrelated problematic, which is the concept of philosophy and its essential relation to transdisciplinarity.
What precisely does Deleuze understand by the term ‘philosophy’? In The Logic of Sense, Deleuze states that ‘Philosophy merges with ontology, but ontology merges with the univocity of Being’ (p. 205, Continuum, 2004). Does philosophy have privileged access to a univocal Being that is itself non-philosophical, and which subsumes not only philosophy but also philosophy’s preconditions – what The Logic of Sense refers to as the ‘sciences’ of logic, phenomenology, and psychoanalysis, as well as art? Does Deleuze and Guattari’s re-formulation of this problematic in What is Philosophy? contradict the earlier Deleuze when it appears to posit a more extrinsic relation – or interference – between philosophy, science, and art, all three of which open up to Chaos, which they claim is equally distinct from the preconditions of philosophy, science and art (nonphilosophy, nonscience, nonart)? Are we to understand Deleuze’s concept of philosophy as essentially and inherently transdisciplinary, and if so, how? What is at stake here is the possibility of establishing a ‘common ethico-aesthetic discipline’ (Guattari, Continuum, 2000) and the role of philosophy in such a project.

We aim to have a wide range of papers converging on the concept of philosophy found in Deleuze’s work and dialoguing with the problems we have alluded to. Suggested paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Deleuze and the history of philosophy: his methodology, his conception of the history of philosophy, his readings of specific philosophers and thinkers
– The place of science and logic in Deleuze’s philosophy
– The place of art in Deleuze’s philosophy
– Deleuze and non-philosophy, and the role of the pre/post-philosophical in his philosophy
– Shifts in Deleuze’s readings of particular philosophers, and more generally in Deleuze’s own concept of philosophy, throughout his career
– The critical assessment of Guattari’s influence on Deleuze’s philosophy

Registration is free but please contact us (, early if you would like to attend the conference.
**The event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the School of European Culture and Languages and Faculty of Humanities, the University of Kent, the Centre for Cultural Studies Goldsmiths, and the Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London **

and the No Borders Convergence – click on the poster or seek out:

Born Free – MIA’s Poetry After Guantanamo

A piece written before this week’s release of Bad Girls, coming out soon in Social Identities.

Abstract: The recent work of the Sri-Lankan-British musician and sonic ‘curator’ known as M.I.A. (real name: Mathangi Arulpragasam) is considered as a commentary on atrocity and read alongside the well known essay ‘The Storyteller’ by Walter Benjamin and comments on Auschwitz by Theodor Adorno. The storytelling here is updated for a contemporary context where global war impacts us all, more or less visibly, more, or less, acknowledged. It is argued that the controversy over M.I.A.’s Romain Gavras video Born Free is exemplary of the predicament of art in the face of violence, crisis and terror – with this track, and video, M.I.A.’s work faced a storm of criticism which I want to critique in turn, in an attempt, at least, to learn to make or discern more analytic distinctions amongst concurrent determinations of art A careful reading of Adorno can in the end teach us to see Born Free anew.


Keywords: Benjamin, Adorno, Gavras, M.I.A, music, terror, racism, orientalism.

PDF Here Poetry After GuantanamoFinalDraftSocialIdentities.

No Olympics

this one was made by the Nomadic Action Group for the campaign against having the olympics in Melbourne in 1988

To which (via Simon S) we can now add some London related resources:

Anarchist alternative art for the Olympics….
Report backs on a ‘Countering Olympics’ conference held recently….
I guess Occupy Olympics was an obvious alliteration.  Not a lot going on here at the moment….
….but the powers that be are obviously concerned about this kind of development….
Atos Origin is the Games’ IT Partner.  (something for Anonymous to look into perhaps?)…..
Disabled rights protests against Atos and their involvement in the Olympics have already started (nice link to Bhopal too)…..
Nothing on the games yet but worth keeping an eye on this group….

Marxism 7.0

A quick response to a question (asked for a radio item):  ‘Does the Internet open up new ways of introducing Marxist ideas and concepts in the real world? – Marxism 2.0’
I have not seen anything great on this theme (meme). I am not convinced by Negri and Hardt and the hype about 2.0. But there was the book ‘CyberMarxism’ by Dyer-Witherford a few years back – largely autonomia influenced. And for sure the Marx-Engels Internet Archive has been phenomenally influential, but not all the MEGA is online yet.
I’m not convinced reading online opens up new ways of reading Marx as such. Well, several new ways of reading anything of course are there – as its on screen not a book, and searchable. But Marxism isn’t something that is just reading. And Marxism 2.0 sounds dangerously like an excuse for a simplifying article (which I am sure you will not do – a critique is needed).
Anyway, wasn’t Engels Marxism 2.0. Then Lenin, then Mao, then… We are surely up to 7.0 at least!
You must already know this would be my response – since in my lectures on Capital volume 1 at Goldsmiths, they are open to the public precisely because I am keen not to be too fast and loose with scholarship as to reduce the world of Marxism, or the politics of fighting for revolutionary change, to David Harvey’s online lectures, or some other version of googleMarx™. I feel that we need time to read, Marx and others – including Harvey, but also Marx’s sources, Hegel, Smith, Ricardo, Shakespeare, Leonard Horner – and not to do so would be to ignore the convoluted processes of learning to read Marx and the world in dialectical terms, necessary for making sense and making change – the point, etc…


Closet cleaner: links to my stuff on Malaysia from when I used to visit a lot (1990s) – I am now looking at another proper visit soon.
Here are my reminders to self.

Internal Security Act:
Prime Minister Najib Razak said last November he would abolish ISA and allow trials!
But I presume this was largely after pressure from Bersih Movement:
Australian colonial patronage
A short squib summary on the anniversary of the Australian Air Force base renegotiation (1988) (Australia still has a force in place there, the rhetoric of the agreement is more ‘inclusive’)
Hydro Electrical Dams and complicit anthropologists:
I wrote something about the Hydro scheme in Sarawak, Bakun Dam. I had a piece on this in Left Curve, in 1999, here
Update[backdate] my 1999 Left Curve article: here
Rio Tinto
The nasty bastards at Rio Tinto mining corp of course have long set their sights on Malaysia:
Tin mining, copper etc – extending into today the old treatment of Malaysia between the wars as number one extraction site for colonial Britain. With attendant racialization – Indian, Chinese Mayal, Orang Asli – and subsequent trouble, language riots, nepotism etc. An uneasy compact of the business associations.
Multimedia Super Corridor project.
I followed this science park mega city development (land grab) that in some respects now exists, though in changed form.
In 1999 I had a piece called ‘Semi Feudal Cyber Colonialism’ in the Nettime Reader, but its not online
Communists/The Emergency.
If there is one thing to read that tells the history in an interesting way, its the autobiography/history fo Chin Peng – communist decorated by the English for fighting against Japan in WW2 but subsequently hunted by them through the ‘Emergency’ and then sidelined at Independence, and still living in exile in Thailand.
I do not have any real details on this beyond personal emails with activists. And a few squibs or snippets of news:
Tian Chua
Opposition youth leader now MP and prominent figure in the opposition Tian Chua, known via activist groups in Sydney:
What else do I need besides a metro card and Lonely Planet? Also gifts for certain MPs (!)

The Commoner #15

Care work, domestic labour and social reproduction
The Commoner Edition 15 – on-line now

Massimo De Angelis — Preface: Care Work and the Commons
Camille Barbagallo and Silvia Federici — Introduction

Mariarosa Dalla Costa (1972) –Women and the Subversion of the Community
Mariarosa Dalla Costa (1974) –On The General Strike
Silvia Federici (1974) — Wages Against Housework
Silvia Federici (1975) — On Sexuality as Work
Mariarosa Dalla Costa (1977) — Reproduction and Emigration

Camille Barbagallo and Nicholas Beuret — Starting From the Social Wage
Silvia Federici — The Unfinished Feminist Revolution
Mariarosa Dalla Costa — Women’s Autonomy & Renumeration of Care Work
Silvia Federici — On Elder Care
Laura Agustín — Sex as Work & Sex Work
Viviane Gonik — Is Housework Soluble in Love?
Pascale Molinier — Of Feminists and Their Cleaning Ladies
Todos Somos Japon — Nuclear Housework
Ariel Salleh — Fukushima: A Call for Female Leadership
Kolya Abramsky — Energy and Social Reproduction

– Domestic Workers United
– Interview with Priscilla Gonzalez
– A Male Domestic Worker
– The Regeneration Manifesto
– The Triumph of the Domestic Workers
– Servicio Domestíco Activo
– Interview with Liliana Caballero Velasquez
– Interview with Victoria Mamani
– Socialist Feminist Collective
– Interview with Ana Rosario Adrián Vargas