Wool Works – Manhattan Marxism / Exploitation / Strange Teaching / art project by Rainer Ganahl

The artist Rainer Ganahl addresses exploitation by comparing the preindustrial way of producing woolen products with the products and processes using computer-aided knitting maschines. His aim is „to raise consciousness about the manifold complicated hidden production processes that enter the consumer products we purchase at department stores for little money“ (http://strangeteaching.info/porto_exploitation.html, see also: http://ganahl.info).

„MANHATTAN MARXISM / WOOL WORKS / EXPLOITATION
STRANGE TEACHING / WOOL WORKS / EXPLOITATION

a project developed for PANORAMA BOA VISTA, Porto, Portugal, March 2017

FROM PRESS RELEASE:

Rainer Ganahl – Manhattan Marxism / Wool Works / Exploitation / Strange Teaching / Wool Works / Exploitation – Opening Wednesday, Apr 12, 10pm

In this exhibition, Rainer Ganahl combines his projects Manhattan Marxism and Strange Teaching, emphasizing the aspect of exploitation. …

Manhattan Marxism has previously taken place at Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein (2012), White Columns, New York (2013), and De Vleshaal, Middelburg (2014). Ganahl is interested in Karl Marx as a theoretician and as a metaphor for a more just world. He is interested in convivial spaces to be shared with others.

His guiding idea for the Porto edition of Manhattan Marxism consists of working with wool in a preindustrial way. The students spin, make felt and produce works from scratch that compare and compete with five machine-knitted pieces that are made possible with the help of STOLLs knitting computers. The work process is documented and quantified. Thus, it is meant to raise consciousness about the manifold complicated hidden production processes that enter the consumer products we purchase at department stores for little money. Like a Do It Yourself (Marxian) superstructure, a series of guest lectures with visiting local and international artists and critics, as well a presentation by the participating students, accompany the hard and restless labor of the unpaid work program.

Ganahl’s exhibition is complemented with a separate show of works by the selection of students from the  AbK-Stuttgart and FBAU Porto who volunteered to be „exploited“ by the artist.“ (Source: http://strangeteaching.info/porto_exploitation.html; the picture you may find here: http://strangeteaching.info/strange/mm_marx_0677s.jpg; Danke an Hannes für den Hinweis).

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Ein „Bündel“ kapitalismuskritischer E-Books …

Eine interessante Titel beinhaltende Sammlung von kapitalismuskritischen E-Books  kann man hier kaufen: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/hacking-capitalism

Ob bei einem solchen „Bundle“ nicht auch einer der Buchtitel zur Anwendung kommt? „Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us„?

Disturbing art against destructive working conditions: „Fashion Victims“ Street Art

Disturbing art against destructive working conditions:

„With explosive action and the strong emotional content of this Spanish artist Yolanda Dominguez reminds Madrid the death of 1,127 textile workers underpaid, which took place following the collapse of a building, Rana Palace in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April.

The artist has called the work “Fashion Victims” referring to “workers in slavery, child labor, and to the millions of people harmed by pollution of the factories in the countries of production.”“ (Source: https://condignart.com/2013/06/09/fashion-victims-street-art-referring-to-workers-in-slavery-and-child-labor/)

„The next thing is this thing“

Yes, endlich mal ein konstruktiver Beitrag (von KesselsKramer) in der allgemeinen Welle des Konsumterrors. Warum kommt unsere Industrie nicht auf solche Ideen? Na gut, Ansätze sind nicht zu übersehen. „The next thing“ könnte unserer Leben verändern.

„Kritik, Organisation und Ästhetik“

 „Gleich zwei aktuelle Ereignisse verweisen auf den Zusammenhang von Ästhetik und Kritik sowie die damit verbundenen Organisationsformen. Zum einen ist von Philipp Ruch, ‚Chefunterhändler‘ des Zentrums für politische Schönheit, eine Art politisches Manifest erschienen. Im Selbstverständnis des Zentrums wird politische Schönheit dabei in direktem Zusammenhang zur Humanität verstanden. Hier geht es zum Zentrum und dessen Aktionen: http://www.politicalbeauty.de/

Zweitens wird der Klimagipfel von zahlreichen Protesten begleitet, welche mit unterschiedlichen Mitteln politisches Handeln im Angesicht des Klimawandels einfordern. Die TAZ verwies dabei kürzlich auf eine ‚Datenbank des Widerstands‘, welche zahlreiche Protestaktionen und -formen im Zusammenhang des Pariser Gipfels auflistet. Insofern ein guter Einblick in Möglichkeiten des kreativen Protestes und dessen ästhetischen Mitteln: https://climategames.net/en/home Zuletzt noch der Verweis auf einen Klassiker in dieser Hinsicht – die ‚Yes Man‘, welche im besten Sinne – etwa im Falle der Entschädigungen für die Bhopal-Katastrophe – gerade das (ökonomisch) Normale in seiner absurden Dimension aufzeigen: http://theyesmen.org/ …“

Quelle: Ronald Hartz http://www.kritische-organisationsforschung.de/?p=1599, 12. Dezember 2015, Blog Forum „Kritische Organisationsforschung“ 

One of the worst forms of exploitation: Forced child labour

pepbonet„As part of the Modern-Day Forms of Slavery group project, a photojournalistic investigation by NOOR, Pep Bonet focuses on the issue of child labour and exploitation in Bangladesh where there are nearly 5 million children between the age of 5 – 15 working in hazardous conditions in factories, garages and homes, in railway stations and markets, in small foundries — many for little or no pay at all. Many boys and girls who work do not have access to education and become trapped in low-skilled, low-pay work that further binds them into the cycle of poverty.“ (Source: http://pepbonet.com/2013/08/portfolio/child-labour-and-exploitation-in-bangladesh/)