We recommend: The 3-channel video installation “Occupy, Resist, Produce” by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler, available next at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (GR) from 11 – 26 March 2016.
The 3-channel video installation “Occupy, Resist, Produce” consists of three films on occupied factories in Milan, Rome and Thessaloniki.
In most cases an occupation is not a deliberate step towards workers’ control but a means of workers’ struggle against the closure of a production site or company or the relocation of production to another country. The struggles often fall apart without any concrete results. “Occupy, Resist, Produce” focuses on the rare, better organized cases where the purpose of the struggle is to bring production under workers’ control.
The workers do more than protest, they take the initiative and become protagonists, building horizontal social relations on the production sites and adopting mechanisms of direct democracy and collective decision-making. The recuperated workplaces often reinvent themselves, building links with local communities and social movements.
Each film is based on discussion with the workers. The workers’ assemblies – always the main decision-making bodies – were recorded.
The next opportunity to see the installative version of "Occupy, Resist, Produce" will be at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (GR) from 11 – 26 March 2016 as part of 18th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Visit to Oliver Resslers website for videos and further information.