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Real Emotional Supply Chains: Artists’ Union England London party and Screening
March 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
AVALANCHE | Wednesday 23 March | From 7pm
Momentary actions of individuals will not benefit long-term, collective goals. Social change cannot be affected and maintained individually – only neoliberalist subsumption harbours such egoism. Under what would appear to be heavily funded investments from private individuals and connected wealthy corporate arms of public institutions and Trusts, the Conservative government will continue austerity on Public Healthcare, Education and Arts Funding. Any financial donation to a Conservative government continues the onslaught of cuts to the Arts. Artists’ Union England – with the will to promote and support the collective interests of all artists – kindly invites you to join us for Real Emotional Supply Chains: AUE London party and Screening.
The boundaries to what can be thought as politics in certain segments of the post-structuralist and anarchist Left only benefit capital. Some activists and theorists think that micropolitical activities, whether practices of self-cultivation or individual consumer choices, are more important loci of action than large-scale organized movement – an assumption which adds to the difficulty of building new types of organizations because it makes thinking in terms of collectivity rarer, harder, and seemingly less “fresh.” Similarly, some activists and theorists treat aesthetic objects and creative works as displaying a political potentiality missing from classes, parties, and unions. This aesthetic focus disconnects politics from the organized struggle of working people, making politics into what spectators see. Artistic products, whether actual commodities or commodified experiences, thereby buttress capital as they circulate political affects while displacing political struggles from the streets to the galleries. Spectators can pay (or donate) to feel radical without having to get their hands dirty. The dominant class retains its position and the contradiction between this class and the rest of us doesn’t make itself felt as such.
As a trade union, run by volunteers, we aim to represent artists at strategic decision-making levels and positively influence the value and role artists play within society.
Apply online to become a member or find out more on our About page.All are welcome to this party and Screening – you do not need to be a member of Artists’ Union England.
Relevant texts are Morgan Quaintance’s Right Shift, e-flux Conversations Why Boycott?, Jodi Dean’s Communicative Capitalism: Circulation and the Foreclosure of Politics and Mute.