Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art -Berlin July 2016


SFSIA Berlin
July 4-29, 2016
Art and the Politics of Individuation:
Affect and the Multiple Body in Cognitive Capitalism

Art and the Politics of Individuation, this year’s Saas Fee Summer Institute of Art, engages the far edge of contemporary artistic and theoretical discourse through the perspective of Cognitive Capitalism. The mutation of labor generated by the information age has led to new sites of production in the mind and brain. This course asks us to consider what may be the ramifications for art practitioners and theorists.

Faculty & visiting lecturers: Marie-Luise Angerer, Julieta Aranda, Archive Kabinett, Armen Avanessian, Elena Bajo, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Michael Birchall, Nicolas Bourriaud, Peter Brugger, Federica Bueti, Federico Campagna, Juli Carson, Jeremiah Day, Joshua Decter, Johannes Göransson, Catherine Hug, Yuk Hui, Anelis Kaiser, Sharon Kivland, Scott Lash, Isabell Lorey, Geert Lovink, Joyelle McSweeney, Matteo Pasquinelli, Ana Pinto, Susanne Prinz, Dorothee Richter, Nadim Samman, Tomas Saraceno, Aaron Schuster, Starship Magazine, Hito Steyerl, Tom Vandeputte, Marion von Osten, Bruce Wexler, Michaela Wünsch, Octavio Zaya, and more 
Application open now

Brand revolution: undeserved underclass

“I’ll tell you what it won’t be like,” said Brand in a moment of clarity, “a huge disparity between rich and poor, where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as the 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited and underserved underclass that are being continually ignored and where welfare is slashed while Cameron and Osborne go to court to defend the rights of bankers to continue to receive their bonuses. This has to be addressed.”

Manual Labours | 8 -12 April 2013 | Birkbeck University, 43 Gordon Square, London

8-12 April, 10-6pm
 Peltz Room, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
 For more info:
FREE Public Events (no need to book):
Wednesday 10 April, 7pm
The Trainee – Screening and Discussion | Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
Marina Vishmidt will discuss Pilvi Takala’s performance and film ‘The Trainee’ (2008) in light of her research into how art models the anomalous labour conditions of financialized capitalism.

Friday 12 April, 1-2pm
The Working Lunch | Peltz room, Birkbeck University, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
Public lunch hour and discussion led by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards.  Food provided!

Manual Labours is a long term research project exploring people’s physical relationships to work, initiated by Jenny Richards and Sophie Hope. This project reconsiders current time-based structures of work (when does work start and end?) and reasserts the significance of the physical (manual) aspect of immaterial, affective and emotional labour.
Manual Labours starts with a 35 hour ‘working week’-long investigation into the embodied, sensory, emotional affects of workwhich will include meetings with our co-workers, a 9 mile walk to work, film screenings and a Public Lunch Hour.
Through this project we are interested in exploring the transformation of labour processes through an investigation into the ‘physical’ relationship to work in order to map complex and overlapping experiences of work/life entwinement. During this first public manifestation of Manual Labours we will be building an archive of films and publications, alongside public screenings and discussions with co-workers to inform ways in which we can recapture a sense of agency within our current positions.   Developing research in a public setting through performative actions, each day of our week-long presence at Birkbeck focuses on one worker stereotype in order to research how these different ‘posts’ are de-stabled through everyday practices.

Two public events hope to generate conversations and contributions which will shape the evolvement of Manual Labours and allow us to explore the shared, collective concerns and tactics for reclaiming a critical and sensory experience of work/life.  Join us on Wednesday 10th April 7pm when writer Marina Vishmidt will discuss Pilvi Takala’s film ‘The Trainee’ and on Friday we’ll be offering a communal lunch hour with home cooked food and a discussion reflecting on the week’s activities led by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards.

Visit for full details of the daily programme.
Films accessible within the Manual Labours archive include: Moira Zoitl’s ‘Exchange Square’ (2007) exploring domestic workers in Hong Kong; Can Altay’s ‘We’re Papermen, He said’ (2003) which follows the operations of unofficial recyclers and rubbish men in Ankara; extracts of Marie Barrett’s ‘Remnant’ (2008), documenting oral histories of the closure of the garment factories in North-West Ireland; Jesse Jones’ ‘The Struggle Against Ourselves’ (2011) which explores Russian theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold’s studies in biomechanics and Kennedy Browne’s ‘How Capital Moves’ (2010), a film which uses anecdotes of redundancy and insecure working conditions to explore the precarious nature of working for a multinational company.
Manual Labours is supported by the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice, Birkbeck (, Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards.
For updates on the weekly programme of talks, discussions and screenings visit
To find out more, get involved or contribute, please contact

IDS on 53 quid a week

IDS on 53 quid a week

This petition calls for Iain Duncan Smith, the current Work and Pensions Secretary, to prove his claim of being able to live on £7.57 a day, or £53 a week.

On Monday’s Today Programme David Bennett, a market trader, said that after his housing benefit had been cut, he lives on £53 per week. The next interviewee was Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who was defending the changes. The interviewer then asked him if he could live on this amount. He replied: “If I had to, I would.”

This petition calls on Iain Duncan Smith to live on this budget for at least one year. This would help realise the conservative party`s current mantra that “We are all in this together”.

This would mean a 97% reduction in his current income, which is £1,581.02 a week or £225 a day after tax* [Source: The Telegraph]

The Human Centipede (UFSO) Power to Sussex Occupiers

UFSO  It must be broken down then reconstituted to allow the frictionless extraction of profit. Anything superfluous, like, say, a philosophy department, unless it can be marshaled as market differentiation, is burnt off in the process. Scorched earth is the standard policy of those whose tactics are calculated by cost/benefit analysis. If the riots taught us anything, it is that fighting fire with fire remains a viable option.

The AAC’s global readership

The AAC's global readership

We feel this image does not just highlight our collective network but a global concern in the crisis of Higher Education
thank you to all 3,472 followers without you this network would be pointless

Noam Chomsky


AAC Re-Launch postponement

Hello everyone

The ‘official’ re-launch at Performance: Space has been postponed until later on in the new year. This is due to bits and pieces out of The AAC’s control.

BUT keep your eyes peeled as The AAC is hitting the road and will be popping up all around the country.

To find out where and when keep checking the site for more info.

If you want to offer to do a talk in your town/city or put up a pop up event then contact us

Finally here is a little xmas viral from The AAC for your xmas enjoyment. its free go on,