Ύλη[matter]HYLE

Ύλη[matter]HYLE
The Movement post Occupy
David Graeber, Erica Lagalisse
and Georgia Sagri
Wednesday, 30. December 2015 | 8pm
Pireos str. 1, Athens
 
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an evening round table discussion (in english)
between David Graeber (anthropologist),
Erica Lagalisse (anthropologist) and Georgia Sagri (artist)
 
As we reach the end of 2015, the economic crisis in the south part of Europe has become normal, while wars in the Middle East create shock, and social concerns are raised only when there is a threat to stability amongst the privileged corporate and financial independent parts of the globe. Most people who are faced with oppression, unemployment, suffering and lack of any political representation face the overarching question of how to live our lives differently.
Though isn’t the way we understand death also the way we understand life? How come none of the social movements in recent years have focused on understanding death as an inherent part of social change? Isn’t the aim for life and ‘better living’ just another expression of humanist fantasy? What would a social movement that gives equal place to death look like?
Well-promoted from mainstream and alternative media as well as from within, Occupy was described as one of the most innovative movements in regard to organizing life, but is it possible to criticize Occupy and rather see it as the end of human centered organizing? Is it possible to go beyond a form of political activity (party, group ideology) that presupposes an outside, or the Other, by which it is defined and considered to have value?
Are social movements based on anthropocentric causes and effects enough to carry on the leap that needs to happen mentally and materially for the coming planetary and human transformations? What are the planetary transformations and what our movements need to be composed of?
Is it possible for radical thinkers and sensitive beings to confront the long-standing routine of using already-existing patterns and methodologies from within what has become the ‘canon’ of history and thinking?
Georgia Sagri, 2015, Athens
 

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