This week rampART will be “occupied” by “The Archetist”, an exhibition based on a story of “itinerant buildings” in a sci-fiction future dominated by corporations and yuppies (is this really sci-fiction?).
The event will run from wednesday to saturday 7-11 pm.
On thursday we will gather for our cafe’ event, which this week will propose a talk and debate on the theme of “Art collectives and social centers”. Looking forward to seeing you this week in and around rampART and other autonomous spaces in London.
HELP ORGANISING THURSDAY CAFES
In the last two weeks we had two successful cafes. We are inviting ideas and proposals for upcoming cafes.
Weekly Rampart organising meetings are held at Rampart every Monday from 7pm. You are welcome to come by and get involved.
FREE SCHOOL [20th – 22nd February 2009] / A weekend of free workshops, skill-sharing and discussions
The London FreeSchool is planning another event in February at several social centres. In order for this to be successful we need a timetable and for that we need you! So, if there’s something you always wanted to learn, a skill you are willing to share or a topic for discussion you think is important we would love to hear from you.. drop a line: deschooling_society [at] lists [dot] riseup[dot] net and check the website http://londonfreeschool.wordpress.com.
The deadline for workshops is 11th February to give us time to finalise and advertise the full timetable.
<* EVENTS AT RAMPART *>
-= WEDNESDAY 11 FEB – SATURDAY 14 FEB =-
A touring exhibition based on a story
Opening night Wednesday 11th 7pm-12am
Thursday 12th 7pm – 12am
Experimental Electronic Concert Friday 13th 5pm – 3am (Donations after 9pm)
Experimental Electronic Concert Saturday 14th 2pm -3am (Donations after 9pm)
Having dispayed the exhibtion in Paris, Toulouse, Milan, Rome and Marseille, this is the final piston-powered leg of the tour, involving over 20 artists working in the mediums of; painting, drawing, sculpture, film, projection, installation, photography, sound design and theatre.
-= THURSDAY 12TH FEB =-
ART COLLECTIVES AND SOCIAL CENTERS
RampART’s Thursday cafe on 12 February features Alan W. Moore, art writer, historian and
organiser, and coincides with the the Archetist exhibition at Rampart. He specialises in artists´ collectives. In the 1980s he worked with Colab and ABC No Rio in New York. He has written recently on social sculpture. He is currently working on a project to propagandise squatted social centres in the USA.
—->> UPCOMING THURSDAY CAFES (every thursday @ rampART 7-10 pm)
-= THURSDAY 19TH FEB =-
FIGHTING AGAINST CASUALISATION: THE EUROMAYDAY PARADE AND PRECARIOUS LABOUR ACTIVISM
Many young people working in social and cultural jobs experience casualised or precarious labour conditions, where short-term flexible, part-time contracts are often accompanied by a sense of insecurity.
Official trade unions have often disregarded this question and an array of new forms of activism has emerged to fill the void.
Among the experience of labour activism which have emerged in this sector, an important role has been played by the Euromayaday parade, which reclaims the 1st of May as a celebration of workers’ struggle rather than a tired ritual.
This informational event brings together activists which have worked on issues of precarious labour, to ask what comes next in the struggle against precarisation and insecurity.
-= THURSDAY 26TH FEB =-
VAMPIRES AND RACISM
This talk gives an introduction into the historical context of the emerging racist theories in the second half of the 19th century and the development of the modern Dracula legend between the 1850s and 1920s.
The second part of the evening deals with the interesting changes F.W. Murnau made to the well-known books for the German film version “Nosferatu” in 1922.
<* EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE *>
THE LIBRARY HOUSE
52 Knatchbull road (entrance on Burton rd, behind Minet library) SE5 9QY.
Nearest tubes : Brixton, Oval, Kennington.
Nearest train : Loughborough junction.
Nearest buses : P5 or Brixton road (3/N3, 59, 133/N133, 159/N159, 415. stop: loughborough road)
Check The Library House Website : http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com
The Library House is a social center in Brixton Camberwell
Contact us if you want to be on our mailing list and be informed about the events there :) libraryhouse ‹ ‹ ‹at ‹ ‹ ‹lists.riseup.net
New regular workshop at the Library House: Yoga lesson every friday 11am to 1pm!
==Tuesday 10th 8pm==
*Library House Collective Meeting*
We meet as an open collective every tuesday evening from 9pm to discuss use of the space, hear proposals, and if you’re lucky have some hot food and a cuppa!
==Wednesday 11th 6pm==
*Cafe Marie + Cinema Libre*
As usual, this wednesday 6pm, there will be some hot drinks and hot food on donation. Then at about 8pm, movies about recent political struggles by Cinema Libre. This week, we will show footages related to this Saturday anti-valentine’s day event “reclaim love”
http://www.myspace.com/reclaimlove, and some updates about the struggles of the Tamils in Sri Lanka (see http://en-gb.facebook.com/group.php?gid=44412421565) and in Gaza Palestine.
==Thursday 12th 7-9pm==
We are a group of people sharing and learning some capoeira. We want to have fun while finding our roots The space is rather small but it is great fun as you need to be really aware of your surroundings. We usually practice movements, make a rodinha and play live music. We have all we need: good mood, a lot of energy and wilingness to learn. Sessions are free and you are more than welcome to join us!
=Friday 13th 11am-1pm==
Our new appointment at The Library House!
Every friday 11am – 1pm, Kundalini Yoga Sessions on donation.
Bring your own yoga mat and blanket if you can.
==On your diaries!==
*Mini-Eco Fair (People’s Republic of Southwark) Saturday 28th Feb* At the Library House on Saturday, Feb 28th. There will be: a seed swap, a walking tour of the neighborhood, a Really Really Free Market (glorified, participatory free shop!), film screening, more to be announced.
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
-= WEDNESDAY 11TH FEB =-
‘Frantz Fanon and the continuing struggle against colonialism’
a talk by Ziauddin Sardar
Wednesday 11th February – 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
Scholar, writer and cultural-critic Ziauddin Sardar discusses the continued relevance of Frantz Fanon, whose work has been hugely influential in the field of post-colonial studies. Sardar argues that many battles still remain to be fought with colonialism, and will be exploring how the work of Fanon is still of the utmost importance in this struggle.
Frantz Fanon (20th July 1925 – 6th December 6 1961) was a psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and author from Martinique. He was enormously influential in the field of post-colonial studies and was perhaps the pre-eminent thinker of the 20th century on the issue of decolonisation and the psychopathology of colonisation.
His works have inspired anti-colonial liberation movements for more than four decades. In particular, ‘Les damnés de la terre’ was a major influence on the work of revolutionary leaders such as Ali Shariati in Iran, Steve Biko in South Africa, Malcolm X in the United States and Ernesto Che Guevara in Cuba. Of these only Guevara was primarily concerned with Fanon’s theories on violence; for Shariati and Biko the main interest in Fanon was ‘the new man’ and ‘black consciousness’ respectively. Fanon’s influence extended to the liberation movements of the Palestinians, the Tamils, African Americans and others. More recently, radical South African people’s movements have been influenced by Fanon’s work.
Ziauddin Sardar has written or edited 45 books over a period of 30 years, many with his long-time co-author Merryl Wyn Davies. Recent titles include Balti Britain: a Journey Through the British Asian Experience (Granta, 2008); and How Do You Know: Reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations (Pluto, 2006).
-= SATURDAY 14TH FEB =-
Gender, Race and Class: An Anti-Capitalist Feminist Event
Programme at http://www.anticapitalistfeminists.co.uk
Sat 14 February, 10.30am – 6.30 pm
The new venue is the School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG.
Registration will begin at 10.30am for an 11am start. The event will finish at 6.30pm following a final session in which we explore how we would like to take action together. Please try and make it along to as much of the day as you can!
The event is free to attend, but space is limited, so we strongly recommend that you book by emailing email@example.com.
We will ask for a suggested donation on the door, so please contribute to the costs of this grassroots event if you can.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
A free creche will be available. Please confirm how many children you will be bringing and their ages by Friday 6 February so that we can ensure adequate provision.
-= SATURDAY 14TH FEB =-
Reclaim Love 6
Saturday 14 February 2009, 2pm
Piccadilly Circus, by the statue of Eros
Reclaim Love 6 – Pavement party
Come and celebrate the greatest thing in the whole world ever… LOVE !!!
Meet lots of delightful, heavenly people of all ages, nationalities and life experiences and help us make the Historic Annual Earth Healing Circle
Dance yourself warm and happy to a samba band and lots of magical musicians and music from a bicycle sound system.
Wrap up brightly and come on down and meet a Reclaim Love clown
Also .. Capture The Flag
Across central London, meet At Nelsons Column
Two teams run and sneak around the centre of town attempting to capture the opposing teams flag-
Meet at nelson’s column on Saturday February the 14th (valentines day) at 9.30pm. We’ll hand out the gang colours and decide the rules. game begins at 10pm.
Make Plans, Be Ready.
-= FRIDAY 20TH FEB =-
February 20 show:
<<Dissident Island Radio will be broadcasting live at 9pm featuring an
‘Economic Meltdown’ show, with a panel discussion and interviews de-mystifying
the credit crunch, linking it to critiques of capitalism and looking at the
practical, grassroots responses. Afterwards, as
always, we’ll end with a live DJ set to see us into the weekend…so tune-in by
clicking the ‘listen now’ button or download the show (and all our previous
ones too!) at www.dissidentisland.org – Happy listening…>>
<* ANNOUNCEMENTS *>
NATIONAL SQUAT MEET 2009
NOW IS A PERFECT TIME TO SQUAT
Now is a perfect time to come together to share our collective creativity, rage, and pride in our cultural identity; to come together for ourselves and look to our future with solidarity and passion. Let’s meet and empower ourselves in our common struggle!
CRACKS ARE APPEARING…
We feel it necessary to meet at a time when those at the top are losing their grip to discuss ways we can work together to change our world from the bottom up. New spaces and opportunities are opening all around us and there is a growing potential for more widespread recognition of the need for autonomous housing action. The threat of eviction and homelessness hangs over more people every day. There are over a billion squatters in the world. Now is the time to build a stronger network of resistance.
THIS IS A CALLOUT
This is a callout for all those involved in securing and maintaining squats and autonomous spaces across the UK, and beyond, to meet and discuss issues that affect us all as a community. Following on from the hugely successful national meeting in Leeds last year, and many smaller local gatherings, that have happened throughout the year, this year’s meet up will be in the Bristol area. Please bring your positive energy, enthusiasm and thoughts to share skills and engage in open dialogue.
WE CAN CONSTRUCT A POSITIVE VISION OF THE WORLD
We hope to discuss ways of strengthening our network in defence of autonomous spaces, share experiences from last year’s day of action and formulate future plans and schemes for creative chaos! The agenda will be decided between us all on Friday evening. Please arrive early if possible to help us create the space. Any comments/ suggestions/ mad ideas please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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