Disobedience Archive
Disobedience University

If the task of cognitive capitalism is that of leading the production of knowledge and commons back into the realm of a producer-consumer relationship, what activist and radical artistic practices, in contrast, attempt to inaugurate is a new creation-public relationship in accordance with a vast variety of alternative practices and empowerment strategies in which consumption is seen as a form of co-realization and collaboration. In the end, is it not precisely within educational processes rather than within the organizations of salaried labor that, beginning in the 1970s, new forms of social antagonism took form?
Gender Politics

The concepts of gender and sexual difference built on equality, according to the classical model of politics, are no longer useful for understanding contemporary social emancipation. Neither are they no longer sufficient to oppose power relations. What new subjectivities or post-socialist movements are pursuing is the destruction of gender identity, exiting the trap of both worlds (male/female) united into one (heterosexuality). To not assign or be assigned to an identity means to enable the construction and proliferation of possible worlds. Yet, processes of heterogeneous nomadic and evolving subjectivity are opening up on the horizon.
Gezi Commune

The summer of 2013 was witness to an unexpected turn of events in the history of Turkey. The escalation of Gezi Resistance, from the desperate efforts of a handful of activists and concerned citizens campaigning for the park’s integrity, to massive demonstrations that spread like wildfire all across the country, took only a few days. The protests became an epic struggle that questioned the top-down administration and regulation of public spaces. When Gezi was occupied, educational operations, infirmaries, kitchens, libraries, vegetable gardens, exhibitions, open air cinemas and other necessities of life popped up. Everyone was a volunteer and the park was shared collectively and cared for for the first time in its history. The lived experience, which lasted less than two weeks, transformed all those who opened themselves to become involved.
Protesting Capitalist Globalization

As new social movements against globalization, from the demonstrations of Seattle in 1999 to the G8 protest in Heiligendamm in 2007 took hold, what we might call the “Anti-Summit” emerged as the most visible expression of the global multitude. It has given rise to new mobile, temporary and heterogeneous communities. Some of the videos in this section seek to counter the supposedly objective portrayal of these protest movements by the mainstream media, re-instating radical left-wing perspectives through various techniques of self-representation.
Reclaim the Streets

Reclaim the Streets comprises so-called “Constituent Practices” – practices that seek to create autonomous social spaces by developing experimental forms of education, community, urbanism and architecture. Public space is reclaimed and redefined, often beginning with squatting buildings and land. New forms of social reality are developed from the ground up, outside of official regulation. Social relationships are networked and heterogeneous. Often the impetus for these communities derives from a mixture of artist and social movements.
The Arab Dissent

December 17, 2010: the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi sparks protests and street demonstrations in Tunisia leading to the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011. The insurgency immediately inspires the rest of the Arab world. The Egyptian revolution begins after the events in Tunisia, as well as civil war in Libya, uprisings in Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, Morocco and in the wider Middle East and North Africa. This section tries to raise questions about current forces of antagonism, agency and change in the Middle East. What is the potential of Arab revolutions in the age of globalization? Are these contemporary forms of mass mobilization antithetical to classical revolutions? What is the role of image within these struggles? In what ways do the Arab revolutions, with their multiple visions and adversaries, teach us to challenge the global system? In the light of these uprisings this section will look back to the complex histories, geopolitical and social realities of the Arab world.
Disobedience East

Disobedience East focuses on political and activist art in Central and Eastern Europe, arising out of a post-communist condition. As Dmitry Vorobjev says, “Compared to the Soviet period, nowadays there is more breathing room, but the air conditioners have been turned on, so to speak: the very possibility of thinking about acting collectively in public space is being confiscated. As part of our legacy from the Soviet era we’ve inherited not only the notion that ‘personal initiative is punishable by law,’ but also an aversion to collective forms of action. The very idea of reclaiming space that we’ve been talking about is now simply taboo.”
Bioresistance and Society of Control

With his conception of “biopower” and “governmentality,” Foucault revealed the myriad ways the operations of power extended far beyond the institutions of state. Biopower encompasses the breadth of techniques and strategies deployed in the modern state to regulate life. This section is devoted to the various facets of this emerging society of control and the various manifestations of “bioresistance” that art and activists are developing to counter: the industrial genetic manipulation of food sources, the disclosure of the knowledge “commons,” grass roots campaigns against the expansion and privatisation of the “prison-industrial-complex,” community upheaval in the face of institutional racism, the search for public access to the drafting of common policies, etc.
Argentina Fabrica Social

At a time of political crisis and spiraling inflation, between the revolt of December 2001 and President Néstor Kirchner’s inauguration, Argentina experienced an atmosphere of unprecedented institutional instability and ceaseless agitation. It was a time of intense activism. This section focuses on activist artists who were at the forefront of popular protest in Argentina at this time: intervening in public space with performative, graphic and textual acts.
1977 The Italian Exit

This section focuses on the revolutionary politics in Italy in the 1970s, especially 1977, the year the movement climaxed in large-scale violent confrontations with a reactionary and authoritarian state. The videos in this section were political tools in the students’ and workers’ struggles that define that crucial year. Key episodes in and around 1977 were featured in the videos: the Parco Lambro Festival in June 1976, the police raid on Alice Radio and the Conference Against Repression in Bologna. The roots of the contemporary multitude can be traced back to the post-workerist radical left in Italy in 1977, whose heterogeneous protagonists were no longer limited to factory workers.