Die DVD "Precarity" ist Teil eines kontinuierlichen
Experiments kollektiver Selbstverteidigung und wurde
von einem transnationalen Netzwerk von MedienaktivistInnen,
TechnikerInnen und ÜbersetzerInnen als dritte Ausgabe
des DVD-Zines "P2P Fightsharing" herausgegeben.
Das Filmmaterial besteht aus 17 Videos, die verschiedene
Formen des Protests gegen die Prekarisierung dokumentieren:
von Fabriksbesetzungen in Argentinien über den
Kampf koreanischer Telekom-ArbeiterInnen und die Aktionen
der französischen Intermittants bis zur Verehrung
des Heiligen Precarias in Mailand.
Precarity (Rom 2004, 197 Minuten, OmdU, Auswahl)
"MayDay! MayDay! We are the precariat. We are
hireable on demand, available on call, exploitable at
will and fireable at whim. We have become skilful jugglers
of jobs and contortionists of flexibility. But beware,
we are agitating with a common strategy to share our
The multilingual DVD "Precarity" is part
of an ongoing experiment of collective self-defense.
It is a compilation of 17 videos documenting on the
rebellion of precarious flexworkers and gives crosscontinental
coverage of conflicts that have been kept invisible
for too long: the occupation of the premises by McStrikers
in Paris, the struggle for a union of fired Korean Telecom
temporary workers, the impossible efforts of Bulgarian
and Turkish textile workers to make 'clean clothes'
for the Olympic dream.
From the occupation of abandoned factories in Argentina,
to the interruption of the French prime time news and
the devotion to Saint
Precarious at the MayDay Parade in Milan, the DVD is
advertising a new brand of labour activism, geared to
young/female/foreign-born Précaires that have
no prior political experience other than the toil of
their bodies and minds in the giant outlets of the chain
stores, malls, transportation hubs and call centres
of the Brave New Postmodern World.
At the dark side of today's postindustrialist economy,
millions of casualized young temps are stuck in 'non-standard'
jobs, unable to make plans for the future, blackmailable
because of the lack of union rights and excluded from
basic social rights such as maternity, sick leave or
the luxury of paid holidays. While still peripheral
in the public mind, flexworkers are increasingly organising
and becoming aware that their condition is far from
accidental and temporary. Emerging conflicts of rebelling
Précaires are bringing a disruptive, socio-political
identity into being. A new form of social self-representation
is agitating across the continents and flexworkers,
chainworkers, brainworkers, sexworkers and foreign-born
workers start to share their flexfights with a common
Précaires aren't peripheral. They are core producers
of neoliberal wealth and creators of knowledge, style
and culture enclosed and appropriated by monopoly power.
The precarious producers of the DVD (videomakers, media-activists,
translators, technicians and fightsharers) did all understand
the persuasive power of pop culture and are moving the
labour conflict from the level of negotiation into reticular
and direct-action based labour organization built around
The DVD "Precarity" is an instrument for
the radical organization of the consumerized younger
generation left out of the political and social design.
It is a toolbox to investigate on new modes of collective
action: picketing of chainstores open on Sundays (Milan),
reality hacking of the hot spots of consumerism (Chainworkers
- Milan, YoMangoTango - Barcelona, Adbusters - Japan),
culture jamming (Saint Precarious - Milan), docu-fictions
(Precarity Academy - Milan, Trash Contract - Barcelona),
subvertising media stunts (Intermittents - France, Michael
Moore - USA) and inquiries of social self representation
(Precarias A la Deriva - Madrid, Precarious in rebellion
The DVD "Precarity" contains 197 minutes
of high resolution digital cinema and is the third episode
of the DVD-zine "P2Pfightsharing". "Precarity"
is an experiment in autonomous production and self-employment.
It was born through the sharing of resources, material
and skills throughout the networks of independent videomakers,
media-activists, translators, authoring technicians
For "Precarity" all videos were translated
into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch
and the subtitles can be reached through a language
option on the DVD menu.
republicart Web-Journal precariat
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Reihe "Öffentlichkeiten des Prekariats"