Renewing Destruction 10-6

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[30-4] After the Bolivarian Revolution: When the Pink Tide Ebbs

This century major changes first raised, then dashed, hopes in Latin America. After an upsurge of left and social movement activity, there is a worrisome move to the right in the region. What’s behind it? And more importantly, how do we go about understanding it and what all this means for social movements world-wide? Author and filmmaker Clifton Ross (Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements, PM Press 2014, and Home from the Dark Side of Utopia, AK Press 2016) will talk about the meaning and lessons of left governments and social movements in Latin America and “socialist” hopes based on extractivist economies with no future.

Clifton Ross is a writer, translator and filmmaker who lives in Berkeley, California. For the past thirty-five years he’s reported on revolutionary and social movements of Latin America and the United States, and has translated and published poetry, essays and other works from Spanish. His most important book, co-edited with his wife Marcy Rein, is called “Until the Rulers Obey” was published in 2014. Last year he published his political memoir “Home from the Dark Side of Utopia”. This book charts a path through good intentions, projects gone awry, and the shadow side of utopian dreams—ultimately locating hope in the social movements of ordinary people who resist the imposition of states and other actors that claim to represent them.

No entrance fee required and this event will be in English.

19:30 Door Open. Start 20:00

If you cannot make it on Sunday in the Spinhuis, then you’ll have opportunity earlier in the week with our friends of Basta! in Utrecht:

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Affect Theory and Contemporary Politics : Lecture and Discussion Evening

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Friday 26th of August 20:00
Affect theory is an exciting and emergent means of understanding ourselves as humans above and beyond the constraints of rational thought.

Affect is a pre-cognitive function that shapes perception at a fundamental level. Affect connects mind and body, the two work in harmony instantaneously to direct a specific type of action in response to a specific instance. The mind creates an affective reaction that is realized within the body. Affects are so convincing because more than considered, they are felt. Affect is created in everything we experience in day-to-day life, established and encouraged through familiarity and convention.

Existing conceptualizations of affect face limitations, but incorporating key ideas from the Frankfurt School can offer form and purpose to affect, which in turn works to breathe new life into Critical Theory.

The evening will consist of a brief lecture and an open discussion. The focus will surround the role affect plays in contemporary politics in the West.

Peter Zuurbier is a PhD student in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His forthcoming book, co-written with Frédérik Lesage, is coming out in the next few weeks through Peter Lang Publishing. It is entitled: ‘Masamune’s Blade: A Proposition for Dialectic Affect Research’.

The book involves both the development of a dialectic conceptualization of affect theory that combines the work of Deleuze and Guattari with the ideas of the Frankfurt School, and an accompanying research method that attends to the unique qualities of affect.

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Breaking for Knowledge #8

Returning The Daydream to ArchitectureТехническая информация о теплоизоляционных материалах производства компании L’Isolante K-Flex.

This thesis investigates the reasons for the reappearance of late modernist utopian architectural projects in recent artist films. Three films by three different artists (Martha Rosler, Dorit Margreiter and Patrick Keiller) have been selected for their critical use of post-­‐war architecture in film or video and the way they look specifically at suggestions of revolutionary social changes to the concept of the house.

Architectonic Hell

Existing only in the closeness of a book I present an underground city. In a series of drawings I show a complex system of many thousands of rooms, corridors and stairwells.
In this architectural jumble you only see a small part of the city.
And with each drawing on a new page you descend deeper and deeper downwards.


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[28-3 20:00] Greece Today – A short talk by a Greek anarchist

Since 2010 the news from Greece monotonously include terms such as “sovereign debt crisis”, “great depression”, “austerity measures”, “political instability”, “social crisis”.What ‘s the reality behind numbers, economic indexes and media cliches? What ‘s the current situation of a society after six years of “crisis” and how does this affects the political landscape? And the most important question for activists, what are the struggles against the present political status?
More than just outlining answers to the above questions we shall focus on the anarchist movement in Greece and its attitude towards the state policy of the last years. The rise to power of Syriza marks a turning point for the anarchist movement in Greece. In a political context where the governmental left seeks to integrate and take control of parts of the social movement, anarchist movement emerges as the consistent voice of class and social interests of the oppressed.
This will be a short talk by a visiting Greek anarchist with plenty of space for discussion. Bar will be open afterwards.
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[18-3 17:00] Vive La Commune


17:45 Lezing Dennis Bos – Bloed & Barricaden
18:30-20:00 Food
20:00 Short presentation on La Zad
21:00 Music! Shireen & Feral Booty
After 22:30/23:00 Soma Age

(times may change a bit depending on situation!)

(english below)
Precies 145 jaar geleden begon op 18 maart de Parijse commune, een opstand van de arbeidersklasse in Parijs. Deze opstand had een zeer transnationaal karakter en was van grote invloed op de vroege anarchistische en socialistische beweging. Wij vinden het belangrijk de geschiedenis te herinneren en terug te claimen. Daarom zijn we van plan om in de toekomst vaker evenementen te organiseren om historische en revolutionaire gebeurtenissen te vieren of herdenken. Om deze tradities in stand te houden of ter inspiratie voor hedendaagse strijd. Daarom willen wij iedereen hartelijk uitnodigen naar onze viering en herdenking van de Parijse commune.

We zullen enkele sprekers hebben met onder andere een korte lezing van Dennis Bos, auteur van het boek ‘Bloed en barricaden: de Parijse commune herdacht’. Daarna zal er een (veganistische) maaltijd zijn op donatie en we zullen afsluiten met muziek en feest!

Verder zal er op zaterdag de 19e in Budapest (op het WG-terrein) ‘La Commune’ vertoond worden, de briljante 5¾ uur lange film van Peter Watkins. Die begint om 15:00 en zal in twee delen vertoond worden met eten tussendoor.·op/2016-03-19/la-commune

Music (18th of March after 21:00):
Soma Age (Maastricht/France) –
Shireen –
+ more tba


The Paris Commune was an uprising by the working-class in Paris that started on the 18th of March in 1871. The uprising had a very transnational character and had a large influence on the early anarchist and socialist movement. In the future we want to organize more ‘reclaiming-history’ events in the Spinhuis and this will be the first of more to come. We think it is important to commemorate and celebrate historic and revolutionary events. As inspiration for contemporary struggle and to maintain these traditions. That is why we want to invite everyone to celebrate and commemorate the Paris Commune with us!

We will have a couple of short lectures, followed by a some (vegan) food on donation and then we will finish with party and music!

On Saturday the 19th the brilliant movie ‘La Commune’ by Peter Watkins will be shown in Budapest (WG-terrein). It is a 5¾ hrs long movie and will be shown in two parts with dinner inbetween.·op/2016-03-19/la-commune

Music (18th of March after 21:00):
Soma Age (Maastricht/France) – https://www go to my
Shireen –
+ more tba

Vive la Commune, viva la Spinhouse en leve de revolutie!

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[21-3 20:00] The Devil’s Anarchy – A lecture about the anarchic life of pirates


Who better to invite to our little pirate-dungeon than a piratologist? Stephen Snelders is author of ‘The Devil’s Anarchy’, a book that examines the histories of two 17th-century Dutch pirates Claes Gerritszoon Compaen and Jan Erasmus Reyning. Claes Compaen claimed to have stolen over 350 vessels, was pardoned by the Dutch government and returned as a wealthy man to his home-city Oostzaan. Jan Erasmus Reyning hit the seas at age of twelve and ended up joining the Brethren of the Coast.

In this short lecture Stephen Snelders will examine the politics of piracy. How and why did some of the maritime proletarians in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century become pirates? How were they organized and how did they make decisions? How did they live their everyday lifes? And why do pirates continue to spark the imagination of so many?

“Snelders has made a major contribution to piratology in English by introducing certain rare Dutch sources full of anecdote and illumination. But he has contributed even more to the field of radical piratology as envisioned by my friend the late English anarchist Larry Law, or the late William S. Burroughs – pirate as a libertarian hero, pirate as symbolic focus for anti-Capital’s desire. Rimbaud might’ve dreamed something like this when he was twelve. But here it is at last,a book of true stories.” – Peter Lamborn Wilson (/hakim bey)”

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Lezing: Geschiedenis van de Torensluisbrug


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