CHRIS CARLSSON - NOWTOPIA
What do outlaw bicyclists, free software, and the Burning Man festival have in common? In Nowtopia, Chris Carlsson argues that such developments provide a window into an underexposed process of social transformation that challenges traditional models of work and politics. Carlsson will discuss his latest findings with Matthew Blackett of Spacing magazine and engage in an extended Q&A with the audience. — A This Is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, AK Press, Critical Mass and EYE WEEKLY.
CineCycle, behind 129 Spadina Ave, Toronto
Thurs, Sept 4; 8pm (doors 7:30pm) free
NOWTOPIA uncovers the resistance of a slowly recomposing working class in America. Rarely defining themselves by what they do for a living, people from all walks of life are doing incredible amounts of labor in their "non-work" time, creating immediate practical improvements in daily life. The social networks they create, and the practical experience of cooperating outside of economic regulation, become a breeding ground for new strategies to confront the commodification to which capitalism reduces us all. Chris Carlsson outlines practices in Nowtopia that embody a deep challenge to the basic underpinnings of modern life, as a new ecologically driven politics emerges from below, reshaping our assumptions about science, technology, and human potential. The semi-conscious war between these life-affirming, self-emancipating behaviors and the coercive domination of money, property, and survival amidst contrived scarcity is the core investigation of this book.
CHRIS CARLSSON, executive director of the multimedia history project "Shaping San Francisco," is a writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer. He has edited four collections of political and historical essays. He helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass, and was the longtime editor of Processed World magazine.
MATTHEW BLACKETT is the publisher, creative director and one of the founders of the award-winning Spacing magazine. From 2004 to 2006, he was a member of Toronto’s Roundtable on a Clean and Beautiful City. Blackett was recently awarded a 2007 Canadian Urban Leadership Award for “City Soul” by the Canadian Urban Institute.
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