(re)programming | Ep. #7: Community [w/ Astra Taylor]
Talk to Your Neighbour
Astra Taylor is an international filmmaker, writer and political organiser. She was part of the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011, and has been one of its best narrators and critics. Since then, in a series of legendary attempts to improve protest movements, she has become one of the essential chroniclers of contemporary acts of collective resistance. She is the co-founder of the Debt Collective, a debtors’ union organising to renegotiate and resist debts, that succeeded in changing first the narrative around student debt loans and then eventually the politics. In a media landscape dominated by social media, we want everything to go viral, but small groups of well-organised people can have a larger impact than millions protesting in the streets or online. Mass is not engaging, and the individual is not the scale for politics and change: the level for democracy is the collective. Talking to neighbours and breaking conversational taboos are the first steps for real change.
Guests: Tjaša Pureber, activist and social movement researcher; Barbara Rajgelj, human rights activist; Asja Hrvatin, social worker and activist for the rights of refugees.
Host: Marta Peirano
Guest: Astra Taylor
Editing, Audio Mix and Music: Gašper Torkar
(re)programming podcast series
Produced by Janez Fakin Janša and Marcela Okretič
for Tactics&Practice #10: (re)programming
Project coordinator: Sonja Grdina
Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art
The project konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art was chosen on the public call for the selection of the operations “Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres”. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.