The Austin Anarchist Book Fair is this weekend!
We invite you to join us Friday night on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge for an Anarchist Assembly. The assembly is an informal gathering of anarchists to meet and socialize.
SCHEDULE OF PRESENTATIONS
Saturday, November 2nd:
1:30 pm – The Challenger Newspaper: Homeless Writing and Struggle in Austin
Publishing monthly since April 2011, the Challenger Street Newspaper is a collectively edited newspaper serving to connect homeless and formerly homeless writers, poets, artists, and organizers with each other and a broader readership. Newspaper participants have also been active locally in projects and movements such as Occupy Austin, the Ending Homelessness Working Group and Tent City, taking part in actions challenging No-Sit No-Lie and anti-camping ordinances as well as shelter conditions and the lack of shelter service for women. Speakers will cover the history of the paper and our organizing.
2:30 pm – Publishing and the Anarchist Project
Recent years years have seen a growth in new ideas in the anarchist space and a concurrent, probably not coincidental, growth in anarchist publishing. Though zines are just as popular as they were in the 90s, it is now only slightly more difficult for someone to make a book than a zine. We’ll discuss our experiences in writing, translating, design, printing, and distribution, as well as how these connect to the larger anarchist project.
3:30 pm – Hand-To-Hand Combat With Apparatuses
A short lecture introducing the concept and science of apparatuses and proposals for its use beyond theory. Those with a distaste for even pilfered theory, know that the strategy being proposed is more important than the concept and its context. For these proposals will then be followed by collective experiments in the form of games, through which the spectators of the lecture will have a chance to break down the calm and distance in passive roles and instead affirm their status as living beings, as essentially experimental substances. We could call it the magikkal arts, plebian science, a critical metaphysics, civil war, communism, anarchy, and all would be fitting.
Sunday, November 3rd
1:30 – We Can’t Have One Nice Thing: Getting Up and Getting Even When The Totality’s Got You Down
You know how like, everything is at the very least one million things (if not more) and how the majority of those things are awful? Yeah, tell me about it. This is for the perpetually sad anti-capitalist, the permanently brokenhearted anarchist. A ‘hey me too’ from us to our friends who struggle to navigate this crap. We’re trying to heal surrounded by broken glass & cops & bros & our jobs. Shit, we should probably be eating more vitamins too because we feel exhausted BUT LITERALLY EVERYTHING ELSE IS ALWAYS SO MUCH AND NOW I HAVE TO GO TO WORK.
2:30 - Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner: Futurity, Autonomy, and Queer Nihilism
In the last 10 years, one current of queer theory has investigated how heteronormativity and capitalism propagate through imperatives to produce the future. We will investigate how this mandate plays out in discourses prevalent in reproductive justice and queer communities. We will then discuss nihilism as it relates to identity-based autonomous spaces.
3:30 – But Neither Wood Nor Fire Find Any Peace or Satisfaction In Any Warmth, Great Or Small, Or In Any Resemblance Between Them, Until The Moment When The Fire Becomes One With The Wood And Imparts Its Own Nature To It. Or: How Two Fragments Meet And A Film Is Made
A discussion of the Situationist International and my remake of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle. A showing of the film will follow the presentation.