Action, Strike, picket, unite.

Today is a day of industrial action, predicted to be the largest since 1925. 

We all know the who, what, why and when.

So find your picket line or occupation and support strike and unite. 




Occupy Goldsmiths Statement, OPEN ASSEMBLY: 5.30pm This Eve

Goldsmiths is now occupied in solidarity with the UK-wide strike on November 30th and the global occupy movement. We are here because we reject the privatisation of the university, symptomatic of the neo-liberal agenda that permeates all aspects of life. For this reason we have strategically occupied the building housing Goldsmiths’ finance offices, responsible for executing the cuts and the privatisation agenda. This building also houses the Ian Gulland lecture theatre. Lectures can go ahead as planned on the condition that they are open to the public. All groups on and off-campus are encouraged to use this space to host meetings, events, and planning sessions for actions on November 30th.

Where the current government agenda not only encourages, but enforces the transfer of public resources to private hands we join people worldwide in taking them back!

Programming at the occupation is open to everyone to design.

To date, the schedule includes:

* General Assemblies, time to be confirmed daily

* Drop in banner-making

* Film screenings

* Teach-ins

And anything else you can suggest.

Stay in touch on email:

Who are we?

We are an open heterogeneous group including Goldsmiths staff, students and many others who believe the university is a public resource that should be open to all. We stand with all those affected by the privitisation agenda and against those who profit from its misery.

Where are we?

Whitehead Building

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross, SE14


Occupy Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths students have occupied the Whitehead building in solidarity with the global occupy movement and the November 30th Strikes.

Against the privatisation of education and in there words ‘the privatisation of life.’

General meetings every evening 7pm

all classes will be able to run as normal from the space on the condition that they are open to the public and not behind closed doors.

Unite occupy and support.


Tent City University and the struggle for alternatives. – Question of Alternatives – Link to Mike Neary’s talk at St Pauls – This a really interesting article written by Richard Hall  after a teach in at The Tent City University he was involved in.

On the question of alternatives. At Zuccotti Park on Sunday 9 October, Slavoj Žižek argued that “the taboo is broken, we do not live in the best possible world, [and so] we are allowed and obliged even to think about alternatives. There is a long road ahead, and soon we will have to address the truly difficult questions – questions not about what we do not want, but about what we DO want. What social organisation can replace the existing capitalism?” This is a process of overcoming the elite’s interpretive myths – of being-in-excess of their hegemony over us. Of living beyond their enclosure of our lives. – Here is a Link to Prof Mike Neary’s talk at the University (Student as Producer)




Towards A New Locality: Biennials and “Global Art” Hou Hanru

“Eventually contemporary art created from and for different localities but immediately involved with the swirl of global information, communication, and displacement can become an efficient means to resistance, interruption and deconstruction of the established, dominant, hegemonic power of global capitalism and its Ideology…

This Process, Inevitably affecting the global communication network, produces fragmentation, interrupting critical moments in the flow of communication and the production of value. It always plays the role of the other, an alternative to the “mainstream” voicing different and unexpected feelings, understandings , knowledge and projects. As a consequence, art works constantly create vacant spaces or voids. The works are then open to free interpretation, interactive participation by the public, and the constant reinvention of meanings through endless negotiations between different individual and collective experiences and aspirations on their equally endless journeys between the global and the local, between history and the present, between reality and projection.”

Towards A New Locality: Biennials and “Global Art” Hou Hanru

Big Virge – Spoken Word Artist



I saw Virge’s work only briefly at an opening at a gallery in Ealing, If you haven’t heard or seen before its a definite tick in the check out box!

“Big Virge’s path to the Spoken Word, began in the late 90s, writing hiphop lyrics which led to journalistic endeavours reviewing the burgeoning London club scene for the free music magazine Cypher. During the day he worked at Entertainment UK, and discovered a passion and ability to voice opinions and views into rhyme. He could articulate his thoughts on anything, but he found a voice for politics, news and current affairs. Issues like global warming, terrorism, human rights and freedom of speech fed the fire of Virge’s passion – it was a conduit for venting his frustration on the issues of the modern world and its’ multitude of injustice.
Virge’s style is confrontational, direct and often outspoken. His words are delivered with such eloquence, and carried with a sting of clarity, he would say a characteristic he inherited from his mother, an ex-school teacher and psychiatric nurse. She died from a 16 year struggle with MS in 2004, in Virge’s arms. He had been her principal carer after his father left upon finding out about her illness.
Poetry was Virge’s way to channel the pain, managing to fight adversity with little respect. His candid, thought provoking style was a more natural way to tackle his struggles, and has roots in his musical and cultural loves. He cites everyone from Krs-One, Chuck D and Ray Charles to Fela Kuti, Gil Scott Heron, Maya Angelou, Big Youth and Muhammad Ali as influences, and you can see why. Political, outspoken and radical, this is the landscape that Virge thrives in.
In 2004, Virge started performing at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, and has continued to perform at a variety of venues. He has appeared on the radio frequently and is currently working on several music-based projects. A thought provoking wordsmith with a unique voice and presence, he must be heard!”


What is Utopia?

 How would you know when it happens or if it happened?  Do we all agree on what it is or was or should be?  Foucault argued that designing a social system to replace the current one merely produced another system which was still part of the current problem, from this does it only exist in the mind of individuals or the writings of intellectuals. Is a Utopia a figment of the imagination?

Trouble in Utopia Private View:



The Private View is this Coming Friday 4th @ 6pm.

Exhibition runs 4-30 November

Closets Tube: Ealing Broadway (Central Line) 

Trouble in Utopia blurs the boundaries between the real and the artifice as a metaphor to resolve the distinction between the almost identical greek words Ou-topos (no place) and Eu-topos (good place).
The artworks themselves play with common use language and signs that are often found outside of the gallery space. Now situated in the OPEN Gallery they provide the viewer the opportunity to re-examine aspects of our social reality that have become accustomed as the furniture of our daily life.

 With special footage from the recent Ealing riots, OPEN’s first riot Mural painted at Baby-e that was badly damaged during the chaos and poetic performance by Big Virge.

Curated by Jack Jones and Sean Pearce

Artists: Big Virge, Jack Brindley Jack Jones, Claire Palfreyman, Sean Pearce, Paul Stewart, Mak Takahashi, Kris Thompson, Adam Vass