[spectre] Technopolitics Special Event: John Barker,
"Bloody Taylorism and Cognitive Capitalism"
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Technopolitics Special Event
John Barker, "Bloody Taylorism and Cognitive Capitalism"
Lecture and Discussion
BOEM, Tuesday 11th of December 2012, 8 pm, Koppstrasse 26, 1160 Wien
John Barker presents results of his and Ines Doujak’s recent research
Loomshuttles Warpaths, linking global production chains, labour regimes
and technology with particular reference to the textile and clothing
industry. The lecture will be followed by an open discussion. The event
is part of a series of meetings of the Technopolitics Study Group in
Key points of the lecture are
- The co-existence of different modes of production in the same world
with particular reference to the textile and clothing industry
- the particular forms of labour discipline in each mode with reference
to pre-industrial modes of intensity of labour
- what does labour saving machinery mean
- the assumptions of “sourcing” the ideology of free trade and the
ICT-led revolution in logistics.
- the outsourcing of risk
- the non-repeatability of textiles as a take-off for national
- Are we now seeing the difference between the Marxist categories
reserve army of labour and surplus population, that is the expendability
of certain forms of people and their labour.
John Barker is a novelist and has written extensively on political
economy for Mute, Variant, and Adbusters magazines as well as the
journal Science as Culture.
Technopolitics is the name of a project that combines research with
self-education through lectures, discussions and other events; we also
strive to create repositories of shared online resources and join theory
with a praxis oriented approach.
Technopolitics emerged out of discussions between Brian Holmes and Armin
Medosch, and has become a research theme explored by a growing number of
people in Chicago, Vienna and other places. An initial collection of
ideas and notes can be found here: http://www.thenextlayer.org/
After Technopolitics at Boem "Smelling the Rat" in 2011, this is the second
time BOEM is hosting a technopolitics meeting.
The BOEM* is, according to its self-description, a typical
ex-Yugoslavian place. A little bit messy or you could also say: with
patina. Used. For more than a decade it´s been well known as “Yugocafé”,
which was operated in combination with construction companies. A typical
BOEM* As A Basis Of Transcultural Supply, As Research Initiative.
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