• Recreation at stake

    Valeria Graziano (see profile)
    Anarchism, Cultural Studies, Feminist Humanities, Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture, Performance Studies
    Politics and culture, Popular culture, Performance art--Study and teaching, Organizational sociology, Capitalism--Social aspects, Culture--Economic aspects
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    recreation, creative industries, Audre Lorde, playground, antiwork politics, Cultural politics, Performance studies, Organization theory, Culture and capitalism
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    Extending Audre Lorde’s intuition around the polysemy of the term recreation, I put forward this concept as an organizational principle. Via the framework of recreation, I want to think about some of the main political stakes of the forms used by collectivities able to act politically in the present. I transpose the double binding that Lorde ascribed to recreation, with its connotations of play, reciprocity, repetition and regeneration, from the realm of intimate, one-to-one relationships – with one’s lover, with the blank page – to bear consequence upon the organization of collective endeavours, in order to transgress some received ideas around the organization of cultural production, the locus of creativity and the politics of use of collective pleasures. The importance of recreation shall become clearer as I move from this notion to what I named, with an admittedly less poetic, yet hopefully effective, play of words: the recreative industries. By this term, I wish to call attention to a type of organization that has existed in various forms throughout modernity, dedicated to regenerating living labour and sustaining free time of the oppressed and the exploited against capitalist temporal structuring and valuation – and in opposition to the limitation of an experience of public pleasure as solely organized around work or consumption. The recreative hypothesis is moreover a political framework for reclaiming the organization of those semiotic, affective or relational productions that, under capital, stand severed from the other kinds. A number of examples give flesh to my argument, including historical references to the junk playgrounds in Danmnark and the UK; the international and in ternationalist phenomenon of people’s houses; and the more recent occupations of abandoned cultural facilities in Italy in the aftermath of the 2008’s financial crisis.
    In: A Live Gathering: Performance and Politics in Contemporary Europe edited by Ana Vujanović with Livia Andrea Piazza. Essay by: Isabell Lorey, Bojana Cvejic, Bojana Kunst, Stina Nyberg, Ana Vujanovic, Giulia Palladini, Livia Andrea Piazza, Valeria Graziano, Florian Malzacher, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Silvia Bottiroli.
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