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Commoning Times Berlin

Commoning Times is a speculative name for thoughts, practices, and unnamable, undefinable experiences which bring us closer to an understanding or experience of the common(s). It is a site to open a space/time for thinking/living the common(s). A space/time to have contact with the ground of the common(s).

Breaking the stranglehold of the categories of public and private over the contemporary political imaginary is one of the critical dimensions of the various emergent discourses, practices and struggles of/for a common(s). Rather than see common(s) as a subject matter, it can be a starting point for thinking new relations and possibilities for the use of space and time.

Understanding common(s) from the spatial dimension is something quite familiar, but the temporal dimension of thinking the common(s) and practices of commoning remains quite underexamined. Thinking together the common(s) through a temporal lens can open to practices and processes which translate the experience of life, as one that only has meaning when it is being-with or becoming-with.

Over the course of four afternoons of meetings, activities, readings, and discussions, we will try to examine with friends and invited guests the horizon of the common(s) through this vantage point of time and its entanglements with space and capital.* We will try to explore a few texts as well as material examples or practices which can elucidate or expand on our approach to the common(s) and to the notion of commoning times.

*The events in Tunis and Cairo in 2010-11, and the struggles which they inspired globally were in some way the delayed response to 2008. They were a response not only to the failures of a world whose central axis of power and value is money, but also to the renewed efforts after the financial breakdown, to further concentrate this power.

The taking of squares did not involve a mere commoning of spaces formerly deemed public (or private) property. They also became spaces of collectivization of reproduction and the production of another time and rhythm for a common.  And at moments they rendered indistinguishable the time of resistance from the time of reproduction.

This set of meetings departs from a feminist reading and understanding of the common(s), as the means of reproduction. And thus tries to think through the challenges of thinking the commoning of time and space in durable and enduring ways.

The suppostion being that the efforts at resisting the contemporary neoliberal hegemony have faltered not only by their inabilities to common space, especially when confronted by the concentrated social power vested in money (which has at its disposal large scale media, technologies of surveillance, police, military, weaponry, etc...). But also by their inability to think and pay sufficient attention to the struggle over time as an elemental terrain of controlling our means of reproduction.