Strike Now!!

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“Strike Now!!” is a platform for discussion, publication and exhibition about today’s working conditions in the so called ‘gig economy’. The rise of service oriented Internet companies like Uber, Amazon and Deliveroo etc created massive amounts app based self employment under often harsh conditions. Is this the new slavery of the post digital Internet commercial revolution? In which ways can workers counteract the algorithmic chains of start-up venture capital? With lectures, a panel and an exhibition Strike Now at will examine these and further questions.

A project by Aram Bartholl, funded by Stiftung Kunstfonds. 11. – 15. September 2019,, Berlin

Print publication “Strike Now!!”, PDF available,  DOWNLOAD for free!
With contributions from: FAU Berlin, Sebastian Schmieg, James Stanier, Joanna Bronowicka, Akseli Aittomäk, Julia Ticona and Niels van Doorn. Design by Paul Bille

Panel discussion, 14 Sept. 4:00 – 7:00 pm,
This panel brings togther three different perspectives on how the so called gig economy impacts working conditions around the globe. The participants focus ranges from artistic analysis and applied political research in the field to active union related work on the ground.

Participants: Joanna Bronowicka, Sebastian Schmieg, Akseli Aittomäki moderated by Aram Bartholl

Sebastian Schmieg is an artist who’s work engages with the algorithmic circulation of images, texts and bodies within contexts that blur the boundaries between human and software, individual and crowd, or labor and leisure. At the centre of his practice are playful interventions into found systems that explore hidden – and often absurd – aspects behind the glossy interfaces of our networked society. Schmieg works in a wide range of media such as video, website, installation, artist book, custom software and lecture performance.

Joanna Bronowicka is a sociologist and community organiser living in Berlin. She is researching the impact of technology on society at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Until recently, she was the director of the Centre for Internet and Human Rights. Joanna has been fighting for rights of women, workers and migrants for over a decade. She is a member of Polish left-wing party Razem which has an active branch in Berlin.

Akseli Aittomäki is a dance artist and experimental theater-maker. His works involve different productions, research and activism. His art practice ranges from experimental theater to contemporary dance and philosophically motivated performance works. Critics characterize his choreography productions as ‘essayistic’. Economic questions and political protest play an important role in his research. Aittomäki was a rider for Deliveroo for over two years. He was engaged in campaigns to improve the working conditions of the riders, such as protests, strikes, collaboration with media or providing help for workers after work accidents. Deliveroo pulling out of Germany is the moment for him to share his perspective.

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Print publication “Strike Now!!”, PDF available, DOWNLOAD for free!

Print publication “Strike Now!!”, PDF available, DOWNLOAD for free!

Panel discussion, participants: Akseli Aittomäki (performance) , Sebastian Schmieg (talk), Joanna Bronowicka (talk), Akseli Aittomäki (talk), Discussion with audience, moderated by Aram Bartholl.