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(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.

Watch this episode in video format > HERE
Read this conversation in book format > HERE

Suggested content:

[Talk]: Why Democracy Needs Socialism

[Article]: Occupy and Space 


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
Ljubljana, 2023

Part of
konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative 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.

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