To Discuss – V

“From Voluntary Labor to the Labor of Volunteer”

Ali Alper Akyuz, Artıkişler Collective and Göksun Yazıcı
Place: Gezi Park, Direniş Sitesi
Date: 09 June 2013, 11am
Voluntary labor is vital in heterogeneous and collective togetherness. These sort of togetherness that grows through mutual needs, participants’ demands and a degree of capacity that is based on solidarity and autonomy. These togetherness have potentialities of visibility of economical activities and labor processes.
In this context; how action is constructed, how labor processes are created and how does it function? What is the role of voluntary labor in the construction of collective labor? What is the relation and differences between flexible labor and voluntary labor; how their conditions do appear?
We would like to discuss these questions through comparisons as they appear. Its forms that become visible in civil society, contemporary art and around theGezi Park resistance – on  9 June, Sunday 11am, Gezi Park Direniş Sitesi.

Discussants: Ali Alper Akyüz, Ass.Prof. at Faculty of Communication – Bilgi Üniversity. Akyüz, completed his Ph.D on the subject of how labor is processed by NGOs workers in Turkey.

Artıkişler Collective,  artıkişler was founded by individuals and collectives who have been working on video and other visual arts in order to collect, exhibit, screen and redistribute their works on a common platform since 2007.

Moderator: Göksun Yazıcı, Writer – Editor


To Discuss IV

“The Labor of Our Body and The Work of Our Hands”* with Zeynep Gambetti

Wednesday, 23 May, 18.30

In The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt discusses in detail the distinction between work, labor and action which was neglected by Marx’s theory of labor. Based on this distinction she defines three different forms of politics.

In this meeting, Zeynep Gambetti will talk about this distinction as well as its projections in social life and we would like to discuss with the participants of the meeting how the notions of work, labor and action could be operated in the process of the production of the artwork.

“In the most general sense, labor is immanent to the biological existence of humans; work is immanent to the material world produced by humans; and action is immanent to the realm of meaning.”

Zeynep Gambetti is teaching Political Theory at Bosphorus University since 2000. She translated to Turkish texts and books by David Harvey, J. K. Gibson Graham and numerous other writers. Currently, she is working on a book on Hannah Arendt.

* An expression Hannah Arendt quotes from John Locke in The Human Condition.

To Discuss III

” Looking with difference: On diverse economies” with Yahya Madra 

Wednesday, 25 April, 18.30

Construction and cultivation of alternative economies here and now, first and foremost, requires a perspectival shift in the way we conceive of the economic space and encircle the ethico-political coordinates of the economic. The “diverse economies project” initiated by J.K. Gibson-Graham and the Community Economies Collective aims to enact such rethinking of the economy. A brief presentation by Yahya M. Madra will be followed by a workshop in which case studies will be explored.

Yahya M. Madra teaches economics at Boğaziçi University and is an associate editor of the journal Rethinking Marxism.

Reading material: J.K. Gibson-Graham, The End of Capitalism (as we knew it): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy, Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1996. Especially Chapters 3, 8 and 11.

To Discuss II

“independent, freelance, part-time, flexible, occupied, unemployed…” with Tanıl Bora

Friday, 17 January, 18.00 | Depo
Tanıl Bora, one of the co-authors of Boşuna mı Okuduk? [So we studied for nothing?] (İletişim, 2011), will open to discussion his observations and analysis of the “states” of the white collar unemployed in Turkey. He will focus on the recent new dimensions of unemployment, concerning white collar workers in particular, and their forms of self-perception of unemployment.

In this context, we hope to discuss comparatively with Bora the phenomenon of “precariat” in the field of art through our own experience and exchange ideas on the new model of labor emerging in the field of art, ensuing issues generated by these new modes, and alternatives.

Tanıl Bora writer-editor. Lives and works in Ankara.

(The discussion was in Turkish.)

To Discuss I

“Art Without Work?” with Anton Vidokle.

Tuesday, 27 December, 18.30 | Depo
The discussion will be focusing on the recent text of artist Anton Vidokle titled “Art Without Work” and will be based on the question of the division of “labor” and “work” in artistic production. (For the article see: “To Discuss” is the first meeting series of the research project Like a Rolling Stone: Labor in Contemporary Art. This project investigates: the notion of labor/work, the working conditions of art producers/workers and the livelihood economies in the contemporary art field. The project is curated by Önder Özengi and Pelin Tan.

Anton Vidokle is an artist based in New York and Berlin.