Series of Talks with Nina Bandi, Christoph Brunner, Roberto Ciccarelli, Tyna Fritschy, Stefano Harney, Brian Holmes, Orazio Irrera, Isabell Lorey, Toni Negri, Roberto Nigro, Nikos Papastergiadis, Gerald Raunig, Judith Revel, Raúl Sánchez Cedillo, Felix Stalder, Martina Tazzioli

ZHdK, Theorie-Atelier 7.A04
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich

Sous les pavés, la plage … Underneath the paving stones there might be a beach, but what is under the commons?

In the past few years there has been a rising tide of conceptualizations of the common. In political theory, artistic practices and social movements people concerned with the totalizing aspects of communities and the outdated dichotomy of private and public proposed different notions of common/s, communes, commonisms. In this context the term “institution of the common” became equally interesting for art institutions trying to find ways of transforming themselves in the dissolving European welfare states, as well as for political institutions, e.g. in the new municipalismos in Spain, above all in Madrid and Barcelona. Going beyond the mere material commons like "the air, the water, the fruits of the soil, and all nature’s bounty" as well as beyond immaterial commons like knowledge, languages, codes, information, and affects, struggles on and for the commons involve the production of new subjectivity, social cooperation and new forms of organisation.

The series of talks SUB COMMUNE will discuss these concepts and practices, but also try to go further, and ask what is under and above, around and beyond, before and before the common.

Concept and Organisation: Roberto Nigro / Gerald Raunig with Tyna Fritschy, Simon Graf, Onur Karakoyun and Felix Stalder
Institut für Theorie, MA Fine Arts, BA Medien & Kunst, Vertiefungen Mediale Künste and Theorie

1.3., 16 Uhr, Lektürekreis Undercommons (in deutscher Sprache): Einleitung mit Gerald Raunig
22.3., 16 Uhr, Lektürekreis Undercommons (in deutscher Sprache) mit Christoph Brunner

12 April, 16.00
Nina Bandi, Brian Holmes, Felix Stalder

3 May, 16.00
Orazio Irrera, Nikos Papastergiadis, Martina Tazzioli
10 May, 16.00
Tyna Fritschy, Stefano Harney, Isabell Lorey
17 May, 16.00
Toni Negri, Raúl Sánchez Cedillo
31 May, 15.00
Roberto Ciccarelli, Roberto Nigro, Judith Revel

Biographies of participants