AAB Submissions for: And I Didn’t Even Call the Police! Issue 2 / Spring 2013

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

And I Didn’t Even Call the Police!
Issue 2 / Spring 2013

We are seeking submissions for About a Bicycles’ second issue to be launched Spring 2013. Our current project, Capital Life/Capital Labour, derives from our real and (real) affective relations to the current socio-economic situation.  This series is constituted by on-going discussions and outpourings on the precarious conditions of labour and life, nefarious actions and agents that led to the global economic crisis, and the way these events have become the ingrained (neo-liberal) state ideology which atomises the subject, severing empathetic ties between those in the subordinate classes.  Our reading list began with Christian Marazzi’s The Violence of FInancial Capital and continued with additional analysis of the post-modern consumer metropolis, producing an upsurge in fervorous anecdotes about unpaid labour in cultural production and the parasitic relationship between rent-as-profit and cognitive labour. Cultivating a common language and critical understanding of these not so disparate topics has been at the forefront of our project, and so has acknowledging the legitimacy of what we already knew and felt in our personal and shared daily experiences.

A few questions to address or expand upon include: How do we avert our attentions from an idealized future while still imagining a post-utopian social reality? When so much of our relationships are based upon competition and the desire for more, how do we (emotionally) educate ourselves out of this paradox? Can we cannibalize the “esoteric neolanguage” of finance and ideology and transfigure it into a more recognizable beast? How do we reconcile precarious privilege with the exploitation of precarious labour? How do we theorise precarity not only as a form of labour, but also as a new form of being: an all-encompassing anxiety resulting from the instability of the free markets and how it affects what we eat, where we live, and if we are paid.  From Gill, “How might we make links between macro-organization and institutional practices on the one hand, and experience and affective states on the other, and open up an exploration of the ways in which these may be gendered, racialized and classed?”

In addition to the main submission, we’re also looking for self-reflexive anecdotes from collective members that relate to your current labour conditions and affective embodied states while labouring, taking inspiration from Professor Rosalind Gill’s article “Breaking the silence: The hidden injuries of neo-liberal academia.” We will maintain author anonymity for these anecdotes, unless stated otherwise.

AAB publications are an extension of the culminative experience of our sessions together.  The journal is another way to participate and play. Please submit something you would like to include, which could be on any of the topics discussed during the session, either explicitly or peripherally.  A submission may include: poetry, images (drawing, photography, painting, etc.), an interview, a recipe (for disaster), a monograph, an essay, a story, a map, or anything that can be represented on paper. We ask all submissions be kept under 10 pages. All submissions must be sent as either a word document or .pdf file format and all images must be print quality (300dpi).

A launch will follow in April – if you are interested in reading/presenting let us know as well.

Send submissions to Danielle LaFrance and Anahita Jamali Rad at: aboutabicycle@gmail.com by March 28th.

We look forward to another issue and sharing the experience together.


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