Seminar 1 in Oldebroek
The first seminar begins with a discussion of ‘Communism for Kids’ by artist and theorist Bini Adamczak as a way to address some key themes and concepts from Marx. It features short sections including: What is communism? What is capitalism? What is market? What is crisis? And what is to be done? And describes a series of trials in which factory workers try out different communist experiments. This text will be juxtaposed with an interview from Michel Foucault ‘Friendship as a Way of Life’ originally published in Le Gai Pied in 1981, which takes a very different approach to politics, focusing on the gay liberation movement in the USA at that time and on questions of subjectivity and ethics. These texts will be used to start looking at different sometimes antagonistic ways of conceptualising social change.
Adamczak, Bini. Communism for Kids. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017.
Foucault, Michel. Foucault Live, Collected Interviews 1961 – 1984. New York: Semiotext(e), 1996.