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Today’s Italian crisis is shaking the time-honoured cultural, social and political foundations of Italian society. In this precarious context, one term has re-emerged as indispensable, providing many with a new sense of direction, desire and sharing : this is ‘the commons’, the concept and political practice that also informed ­ – among many other ‘acts’ of ‘critical’ significance in these years – Spatial Struggles, an event organised in September 2013 at Teatro Valle in Rome, in collaboration with the Oecumene project. This guest feature tries to recount this experience of the commons.

When normal citizens, artist and and activists at Teatro Valle met the researchers of the Oecumene team for the first time, the sensation that they were all moving from a quasi ‘nothing-in-common’ to a practice of sharing and common creation was strong. Read more....


Welcome to the age of resistance

I plead guilty to the indictment of avowed optimism. We have entered an age of resistance for which we must build an analytics. New forms, strategies and subjects of resistance and insurrection appear regularly without knowledge of or guidance from Badiou, Zizek or Negri.

The constituent assembly of the commons (CAC)

This bottom-up lawmaking project is an opportunity for us to reflect on the role the law can play as a strategy of struggle and resistance against the neoliberal policies of commodification and privatization. 

What is the fifth estate?

For the first time since 1848, a renewed Europe from the bottom up is possible: with the new social coalitions of the Fifth Estate.

Indebted citizenship - an interview with Rosi Braidotti

Effective intersectional analysis involves a recognition that advanced capitalism has given us endless subjective differing as process, disengaged from revolution. (Video, 41 minutes)

Acts, affects, calls

What art accomplishes in performing politics is to govern (placing beings into play with one another) bodies through affects. This is to realize that building broader coalitions and involving more people will require calling them forth not merely with arguments (life is no argument) but also through affects.

Why an empty space (a tent) in an occupied theatre? (During a meeting on the city and art).

It was brought there without any intentions other than that of being here as a sign speaking for itself. This was the action: setting up a light emergency tent. 

Introducing Teatro Valle – searching for a European commons

‘European citizenship’ is a ‘constituent’ process that emerges, develops and is constantly elaborated within social practices. How does the practice of the commons effect it? This week’s guest feature reports back on an experiment conducted last September in Teatro Valle. 

The austerity of the commons: a struggle for the essential

In a precarious context induced by a struggle for the essential, one term has re-emerged as indispensable, providing many of us with a new sense of direction, creation and sharing, and ultimately, like a boomerang, assuming the ‘austere’ dignity of that which cannot be renounced: the commons.

Indebted citizenship - an interview with David Harvey in Teatro Valle

Austerity doesn't make sense economically: but it does make sense as a politics of autocracy and the securitized state. Europe should learn from China and Latin America. (Video, 17 minutes).

Spatial struggles: Teatro Valle Occupato and the (right to the) city

Teatro Valle is an ancient theatre in Rome, which, following its occupation by a large group of citizens in 2011, has become internationally renowned as an experimental space for new social, political and cultural practices revolving around the idea of direct democracy and the ‘common good’ (bene comune).

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