[csaa-forum] Fibreculture Journal: Precarious Labour
B.Neilson at uws.edu.au
Thu Oct 13 20:24:51 CST 2005
Fibreculture Journal - issue 5
"Multitudes, Creative Organisation and the Precarious Condition of
New Media Labour"
Edited by Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter
Broadly speaking, this issue of Fibreculture Journal is interested in
the problem of political organisation as it relates to the
overlapping spheres of labour and life within post-Fordist, networked
settings. It's becoming increasingly clear that multiple forms of
exclusion and exploitation within the media and cultural industries
run along the lines of gender, ethnicity, age, and geography. New
forms of class division are emerging whose locus of tension can be
attributed to the ownership and control of information.
The mobile capacity of information corresponds, in many instances,
with the flexible nature of work across many sectors of the media and
cultural industries. And it is precisely the informatisation of
social relations that makes political organisation such a difficult -
even undesireable - undertaking for many. Without recourse to
traditional institutions such as the union, new technics of
organisation are required if the common conditions of exploitation
are to be addressed and transformed.
Precarious labour practices generate new forms of subjectivity and
connection, organised about networks of communication, cognition, and
affect. These new forms of cooperation and collaboration amongst
creative labourers contribute to the formation of a new socio-
technical and politico-ethical multitude. The contemporary multitude
is radically dissimilar from the unity of "the people" and the
coincidence of the citizen and the state. What kinds of creative
organisation are specific to precarious labour in the era of
informatisation? How do they connect (or disconnect) to existing
forms of institutional life? And how can escape from the
subjectification of precarious labour be enacted without nostalgia
for the social state or utopian faith in the spontaneity of auto-
organisation? These are some of the key questions the articles
gathered here set out to addresss.
This issue is launched just months, perhaps, after memes such as the
"multitude" and "precarity" have reached their high point. We find
that it is all the more instructive to be publishing this collection
of articles at such a time, since the urgency to organise is greatest
when the novelty of slogans begins to flat-line, when routine and
fatigue perhaps kick in again. Such occasions mark a transition
period of regeneration and imagination, of working out what works and
what doesn't in order to gather resources and begin the creative
composition of living labour.
"From Precarity to Precariousness and Back Again: Labour, Life and
Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter
"On the Life and Deeds of San Precario, Patron Saint of Precarious
Workers and Lives"
Ilaria Vanni and Marcello Tarì
"A Playful Multitude? Mobilising and Counter-Mobilising Immaterial
Greig de Peuter and Nick Dyer-Witheford
"Precarious Playbour: Modders and the Digital Games Industry"
"Postcard from the Edge: Autobiographical Musings on the Dis/
organisations of the Multimedia Industry"
"Speculations on a Marxist theory of the Virtual Revolution"
Bob Hodge and Gabriela Coronado
"Learning and Insurgency in Creative Organisations"
Paul Newfield and Timothy Rayner
"Dawn of the Organised Networks"
Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter
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