Popular Forensics Workshop with Common Cinemas Laboratory

Thursday, 1/14/2016, 12:00-2:00 PM

Digital Arts Research Center 243, UC Santa Cruz

A workshop on smartphone video and worker’s inquiry via Common Cinema Laboratories.

Adjuncts! Come document your working days as part of a worker’s inquiry into adjunct labor. As adjuncts across the country become increasingly organized, the need to extend struggles beyond the demand for better better compensation increases. Working conditions must also change. If colleges and universities are finally to become artistic and scholarly centers, faculty must resist degraded, exploitative conditions and hostile work environments. Smartphone video enables many academic workers to quickly and easily contribute to an embodied and affective database about the subjective experience of their labor. Come show us your misery, so that we can show it to others.

Universities Belong To Those Who Use Them!

Common Cinema Laboratories attempts to socialize film studies and filmmaking as popular practices of forensics. To date CCL has held two sessions in which participants bring clips having to do with an economic category and analyzed them together (“surplus value” in Oakland, “caring labor in Brooklyn.) Currently, CCL is organizing a collection of one minute films about “adjunct labor,” here in Santa Cruz. We use relatively low end, accessible technology to analyze and make moving images as a means of building communism and or negating all extant social arrangements. CCL hopes that collective physical presence at screenings, film studies methods, and film making can be combined with techniques from sensory ethnography and Eyal Weizman notion of forensics as a form of public thinking to compose perceptions of what Capital hides, perceptions capable of forcing revolutionary proletarian subjectivzations. The event will consist of a short theoretical introduction to the CCL project (a radicaliziation of Michal Baxendall’s arguments about visual culture,) followed by a workshop on our practice.

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