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FIRST MEETING of
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SECOND MEETING of
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FOURTH MEETING of
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FIFTH MEETING of
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AT: Stockholm Music & Arts, Skeppsholmen, in front of Picasso Statues (free)
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SEVENTH MEETING of
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AT: IASPIS, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor
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EIGHTH MEETING of
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AT: IASPIS, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor
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NINTH MEETING of
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TENTH MEETING of
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THIRTEENTH MEETING of COMMON(S)COURSE
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FOURTEENTH MEETING of COMMON(S)COURSE
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commoning times is a collective initiative which attempts to conjoin different ideas, efforts, practices, and struggles for and through common(s).*

Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

Meeting 14

What: Fourteenth meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Friday Sept. 19 (2:30pm)
Where: IASPIS, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor (the downstairs door should be open, on the second floor, door should also be open, studio 7, down the hallway)

For our fourteenth meeting of the Stockholm common(s) course, we will try to revisit the question of gender within theories of communisation.

In Meeting 12, we had read and discussed 'The conjuncture: a concept necessary to the theory of communisation'. In that discussion, certain questions emerged, including questions around gender, which called for further reading and thinking together. A text from the last issue of Endnotes was suggested entitled:

The Logic of Gender On the separation of spheres and the process of abjection

http://endnotes.org.uk/en/endnotes-the-logic-of-gender

We will be reading and discussing this text for Friday. As noted last time, rather than force relations between common(s) thinking and theories of communisation, we will follow the text and try to find moments which can illuminate both overlaps and divergences in perspectives and analyses.

As always, please feel free to forward this to friends who may be interested.

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Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

Meeting 13

What: Thirteenth meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Friday Sept. 12 (9:30am to evening)
Where: Runmarö

We have been speaking with Erik Sjödin for some months about taking a trip together to ‎Runmarö and visit Helena Granström. The trip should be an opportunity to share a different time together. We plan to take a boat together there (see above) and will return most likely with a bus/boat combination.

We will read and discuss on the way there. On the island, we will talk, have a picnic together and meet Helena, who is a writer and poet who has recently decided to move to the island as a process of turning toward another form of life. She has suggested the text by Paul Shepard, Nature and Madness, as she credits it as elemental in her decision to move there.

If you will be joining us, please write to commoner (at)commoningtimes.org so that we can know how many of us will come.

Paul Shepard's Nature and Madness is found here:
http://green-anarchy.wikidot.com/nature-and-madness

As always, please feel free to forward this to friends who may be interested.

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Meeting 12

What: Twelfth meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Monday Sept. 8, 2pm
Where: IASPIS, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor (the downstairs door should be open, on the second floor, door should also be open, studio 7, down the hallway)

This Monday, we will be meeting with a group who has been delving together into theories of communisation. As a way to start together in the middle, we will be discussing a text which our friend Mattin has suggested for all of us.

The conjuncture: a concept necessary to the theory of communisation
By Roland Simon (Theorie Communiste)

as a PDF:
http://www.sicjournal.org/files/PDF/sic-2-04-the-conjuncture.pdf
online:
https://libcom.org/library/conjecture-concept-necessary-theory-communisation‎

Rather than force relations between common(s) thinking and theories of communisation, we will follow the text and try to find moments which can illuminate both overlaps and divergences in perspectives and analyses.

As always, please feel free to forward this to friends who may be interested.

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Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

Meeting 10 & 11

What: Tenth and Eleventh meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Saturday, Sunday (Sept. 6 and 7) 3-5pm
Where: Tensta konsthall‎

Regarding meeting 10 and 11 this weekend. We will have a table in front of the konsthall. As some of you know, we put together a special journal for the Departy, in the first edition of commoning times (thinking of it as a 'guide to the elections). A few of the contributors will be sitting there, have tea and if you would like to pass by, pick up a copy, or speak about it, you are welcome. ‎Please also note that there is Tensta festival this weekend and on Sunday at 1pm, a performance which our friend Tarek Atoui has organized with other sound artists and musicians living in Tensta.

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Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

Meeting 9

What: Ninth meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Friday August 29, 2014, 4-6pm
Where: Tensta konsthall

We will return to Tensta konsthall this Friday for our meeting of the Stockholm Common(s) Course.

The common(s) cannot be thought outside of a feminist horizon. Over different meetings, we have frequently referred to the work of thinkers such as Maria Mies, Silvia Federici, and Maria Rosa Dalla Costa among others, to situate critical insights on the common(s) which emerge through feminist struggles and theory.

In 2012, we took a trip with Maria Mies to the village of Steffeln, where she was born and on the last day together, we recorded a long conversation with her in the forests nearby.

We will screen this video as part of the conversation with those of you able to join. Also as way of introduction, we are sending a short reading. It includes texts written by Silvia, the other by Maria this year. The two short texts are brief introductions written for the new edition of Maria's seminal book written in 1986, "Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labor."

These short texts and the video should create an interesting ground to further our conversations and thinking around common(s) from a feminist perspective.

http://commoningtimes.org/texts/mies-federici-patriarchy-accumulation.pdf

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Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

Meeting 8

What: Eighth meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Thursday August 21, 2014, 3-5:15pm
Where: IASPIS, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor (the downstairs door should be open, on the second floor, please ring the bell if no one is there)

Our attempt last week to discuss the "Common in Communism" text by Michael Hardt was met with various stoppages. We started reading and discussing questions which were emerging for us and paused on a few passages or points which took us the rest of the afternoon. Two of the questions which emerged for us were related to what was perceived as an uncritical relation to 'production' as a de fact social good and to 'the idea of labor as the sole essence of wealth.' From the question of labor emerged also a question of different theories of value, which we set aside as something to revisit at a later date. These questions remain critical for also understanding how a horizon of the common(s) can help revisit and interrogate social, cultural, and political assumptions from previous centuries of trials, struggles, impasses, and failures.

We decided that rather than move on to another text, we would try and continue the reading and discussion of Michael's text together.

Even if you did not have a chance to join last week, we invite you to what will most likely be an intimate meeting and reading together.

Please forward to friends who may be interested to join.

The Common in Communism
Michael Hardt
http://commoningtimes.org/texts/hardt-common-in-communism.pdf

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Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

Meeting 7

What: Seventh meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Thursday August 14, 2014, 3-5:15pm
Where: IASPIS, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor (the downstairs door should be open, on the second floor, please ring the bell if no one is there)

In the last reading discussion we had, we read and discussed a text by Jean-Luc Nancy entitled "Communism, the Word." As a follow up to that discussion and inquiry into the relations between common(s) and an idea of communism, we thought it would be interesting to read and discuss a text by Michael Hardt entitled: The Common in Communism.

Taking a different approach from Nancy's attempt to deconstruct the notion of property, via an interrogation of the 'proper' in property; Hardt looks instead, using the writings of Marx, at the operative category of property and asks with him:

What would it mean for something to be ours when we do not possess it?
What would it mean to regard ourselves and our world not as property?

Please forward to friends who may be interested to join. The meetings are casual and hopefully a nice way to share time.

The Common in Communism
Michael Hardt
http://commoningtimes.org/texts/hardt-common-in-communism.pdf

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The Stockholm Common(s) Course

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1.8, 2.8, 3.8

Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

This week for the Stockholm Common(s) Course we have organized a few encounters in front of the Pablo Picasso's, Déjeuner sur l´herbe statues, located in the garden of the Moderna Museet.

What: Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth encounters of Stockholm common(s) course
When:
Friday 4:00-6:00pm (August 1)
Saturday 2:00-4:00pm (August 2)
Sunday 2:00-4:00pm (August 3)
Where: Entrance of Stockholm Music & Arts, Skeppsholmen, in front of Picasso Statues

Please come join us for a light picnic and the launch of the first issue of commoning times, which is dedicated to the Departy.*

The basis of the Departy is departing from and rendering inactive party politics. A Departy to be rid of all parties. A departure from the contemporary politics which is the erasure and effacement of politics.

As the introduction to the Departy paper states:

"What passes for politics today is a police operation, a 'security alert,' a passing of a hot potato between 'left' and 'right' from one 'party' to another, between 'private' and 'public' bodies, alternating in the management of a crisis (which is not true to its etymology since crisis originally meant a turning point and a moment of decision). Instead the crisis is nursed, maintained, and cultivated as the last meaning or reason-for-being of the state."

We are not sure what will happen between these hours designated, maybe individual conversations, maybe something performative, maybe a group conversation if the situation presents itself; but we make some tea and you are welcome to bring some things to join us for a small picnic.

The encounters are taking place on the periphery of the Stockholm Music and Arts Festival over the course of 3 days. You will not need a ticket for the festival to take part in our meetings as we have located our gathering outside the area where tickets are needed (on the grass near the Picasso statues, inspired from Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe).

*A non-party politics practicable by all peoples (subtracted from the comfort, the consensus of the state, and the politics delimited by it, which is not politics but the exertion of power; power over, or an already settled part-taking, or the more efficient ordering, management, administering of shared common life, in short, police).

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Wednesday 23.7, 15:00 Reading Discussion

Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

For those of you who are not on the Tensta mailing list. We want to send a reminder that there will be the next meeting of the Stockholm Common(s) Course.

Meeting 3
What: Third meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Wednesday July 23, 2014, 3pm
Where: Tensta Konsthall

This meeting emerges out of some conversations with Maja Andreasson and a reading group she has been organizing at Tensta. She wanted to meet together around a text and discuss further some of our thoughts. We have suggested a short text by Jean-Luc Nancy entitled 'Communism, the Word'.

As a part of our collective inquiry into common(s) and commoning, the notion of communism and also questions around the notion of communisation are always present. This text is one of several we have been interested in discussing with others. The text was prepared for a collective reflection for which Nancy could not be present. He sent instead this short text.

There is also an accompanying audio recording of a talk related to this text but one which opens further questions.
The text itself is quite short and feels like notes or an outline, but we hope it will give enough of a ground for us to begin this reflection together.

Communism, the Word
Jean-Luc Nancy
http://commoningtimes.org/texts/nancy-communism-the-word.pdf

On Communism (audio lecture)
Jean-Luc Nancy
http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2010/07/jean-luc-nancy-on-communism/

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Wednesday 14.7, 16:00 Walk with Erik Sjodin

Dear Stockholm Commoners and Fellow Drifters,

We are happy to inaugurate this small list which we hope may be used for upcoming meetings.
We will try to keep emails short and informal. We are sending this regarding a walk and meeting which came together for this Wednesday.

Meeting 2
What: Second meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Wednesday July 16, 2014, 4pm
Where: Tensta Konsthall

This meeting emerges out of a few conversations with Erik Sjodin and some of his interest and work on Järvafältet, a land close to Tensta which has many components of a common(s). With Erik, we plan to meet at 4pm at Tensta, walk from there to a hill where we can get an overview of Järvafältet and then down to the farm and perhaps from there to Husby konsthall. We will discuss the recent history of this land and also try to relate or consider some of the thoughts introduced through the linked text. We had asked Erik to share a text that he thought could relate to the walk and this is what he suggested:

Nature as Community: The Convergence of Environment and Social Justice
http://commoningtimes.org/texts/di_chiro_nature_as_community.pdf

If you are able, please do send a note to commoner (the AT SIGN) commoningtimes.org, so we have a sense of how many may be joining us.
Also, please also feel free to forward to anyone who you believe will be interested to join.

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Sunday 6.7, 14:00 Talk about Palestine from the perspective of Common(s) and Subsistence

Meeting 1
What: First meeting of Stockholm common(s) course
When: Sunday July 6, 2014, 2pm
Where: Tensta Konsthall

The Paths to the Common (s) Are Infinite of Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri with guests: Palestine from the perspective of Common(s) and Subsistence. During The Paths to the Common(s) Are Infinite a series of parallel conversations, screenings, and encounters will be taking place both in and beyond Tensta focusing on common(s) questions and some of the paths leading to them.
Rather than a subject matter or theme, common(s) is first and foremost a horizon and a perspective which brings together a multiplicity of practices, places, experiences, and struggles which attempt to confront the deteriorating political, social, and ecological conditions of our times.

A text by Maria Mies and Veronika Benholdt-Thomsen and a video made in the Naqab will prepare a horizon for a conversation which will explore questions of social, economic, and ecological justice in the context of Palestine and through a perspective of a common(s) and subsistence.

For those interested in familiarizing themselves with the text “Defending, Reclaiming and Reinventing the Commons” by Mies and Beholdt-Thomsen can download it here: http://commoningtimes.org/texts/mies_benholdt_defending_reinventing.pdf

To take part or to contribute to the the development of questions around common(s) and commoning contact stockholm-join (THE AT SIGN) commoningtimes.org.

 

Departy
image from the first issue of commoning times

*common(s) is a contested term and horizon. to think about a common(s) is to interrogate fundamental institutions and basic categories of human existence in the early 21st century. (nation, state, public, people, private, property, law, money, culture, nature, history just to name a few).

trusted friends have pointed out, common(s) may well be neoliberalism's plan b. this is a risk that must remain central to any consideration of the common(s) or practices of commoning.

to what degree is our notion of a common(s) and our practices of commoning able to undermine and bring the demise of capitalist norms and relations?

we know that the common(s) we are speaking of is not commensurate with capitalism, but we also know that a kind of negative common does exist within a capitalist logic. this negative common is whatever is residual, what cannot be monetized or turned into a mechanism of extraction of wealth. for capitalists, what is money-losing is what should be common.

ecological ruin, toxic waste and toxic debt can be examples of capitalism's common.

how to distinguish this general idea of a common from the common(s) we are attempting to reclaim or struggle through and for?

common(s) is not a catch all to all that is common. a gated community does not a common(s) make.

common(s) are ideas, language, seeds, air, water, the earth under our feet, the spaces and cultures we collectively produce each and every day, the forests, the seas, the trees and all that bares and gives life. indeed common(s) are the premise of life. they are the ecology of practices and complex entities which conjoin the many forms of life on the planet.

exclusion and separation, so critical to capitalist organization and functioning, are not in the logic of common(s).

common(s) are the results of collective labor, creation, research, thought, and innovation across centuries and regions.

common(s), whether material or immaterial, are degraded by the institution of property.

common(s) are without measure, precisely because the inter-dependencies between species, social groups, and forms of life cannot be priced.

common(s) implies a different temporality.

common(s) implies a temporality of reproduction less than of production.

the time of reproduction, of care, is neither slow nor fast, but it is opposed to the logic of efficiency, optimization, and profit.

common(s) infers less a particular designated space and more the inter-spaces, threshold spaces which link communities rather than becoming the limited domain of one.

common(s) in this way are interstitial zones.

common(s) are not simply about resources as some fellow commoners have attempted to consider them. the very logic of resources still remains vulnerable to the productivist, extractivist, reductively materialist ethos, which more evidently today, is all too commensurable with the neo-colonial, neo-imperial, and capitalist logic.

common(s) are not reducible to the world of things, because in essence they are more about the world of relations.

if capitalism has thrived on separating the deeds from the doings, common(s) describe the places which mend again and nurture along those relations between the things produced and the doings and doers producing.

the productivist ethos, which first separates the deed from the doing and then elevates them above the doers, and further elevates the money exchanged for those deeds above them all, (to the point that beyond any deed or doer: capitalism becomes a nearly religious belief in the necessity of money to beget more money) is more evidently bankrupt then it may have appeared to those struggling against capitalism in the 19th and 20th centuries.

all production must be conjoined to reproduction, and any economy, whether capitalist, socialist, or by any other name which does not recognize this basic insight is operating outside a logic of the common(s).

as much as common(s) is not a particular space or place, it is also not a particular entity, object, or thing.

common(s) is singular and plural because it is what links the ones with the manys.

common(s) are everywhere emerging and yet constantly being fortified against or enclosed upon.

common(s) are not a medium point between a logic of public and private as some would dream or hope it to be.

the necessity and exigency for thinking the common(s) emerges from the bankruptcy of these categories.

what once stood for people has been identified with state control. what once stood for individuals has been identified with corporate control.

common(s) also defies the logic of a state and its people, because common(s) is what undoes and traverses the logic of borders.

common(s) does not have a price and thus it is incommensurable with the logic of money.

thus, common(s) is not a category of new entrepreneurship, green economies and the like.

common(s) implicates reorientation of economics toward a perspective of degrowth, reproduction, and subsistence.

subsistence, contrary to what the imf, world bank and neo-colonial interests have proselatized is not a sign of poverty, but autonomy and self-sufficiency.

poverty under the light of common(s) is the denial of a means of reproducing life without submitting to the capitalist relations, which are inevitably, despite the equality and exchange that money promises, relations of disproportion, of submission, and servitude

a culture of the common(s) is everywhere but the existing structures of law, police, state, property, money always force, mold, and channel back the commoners into using existing logics and paths.

those logics, rationale, norms always invoke notions of sustainability, viability, pragmatism, and realism which cannot imagine something beyond the relation to state or the relation to capital.

autonomy is something immanent. and yet, as it pertains to the potentiality for communities to take the care for themselves and their environments into their own hands, autonomy remains elusive. the seemingly irreversible ecological destruction that capitalism and present modes of production are creating day by day present unchangeable realities which deny for millions any potential for autonomy.

thus struggles for common(s) are struggles through common(s) are the inventions of common(s)

the innovations of the common(s) are always inventions which destroy these logics or create paths of escape from them.

corporation, nation, state, individual, money, property, gender, race: all fictions, ascriptions, and abstractions which have had and continue to have concrete and material impacts on life. stories and fictions weave together the fabric of reality. the reality of common(s) will equally be woven together by other stories, other fictions.

common(s) is not based on the logic of an alternative. nor is it based on a logic of competition. one cannot compete with capitalism. to compete with capitalism one can only join in its logic.

the paths to common(s) are not a choice of alternate or competing paths. the paths to common(s) are infinite and they are what the multitudes create if they are not taken off of them by force and violence.

retracing and recovering these paths implies retracing our own steps and the concrete instances of force and violence in which each of us has been evicted off the paths of the common(s).