Demand nothing, Occupy everything: a Primer on Neoliberalism and its
“Demand Nothing, Occupy Everything” is a film series examining
neoliberalism, one of the roots of the current economic crisis affecting
universities around the world, and the strategies that social movements
have been using to respond to and push back against neoliberalism. The
series considers the possibilities for political action today, as well as
its limitations. The films in the series range from documentation of
political actions to examinations of political theory and fictional
accounts of important moments of political unrest. The topics range from a
historical view of student actions in the 60′s to an international view
considering actions around the world and a selection of recent videos
spread virally through social networks online.
Each film night will begin with a short talk by Micha Cárdenas or a guest
speaker to situate the film in the context of the current social situation
across the University of California, but also at universities around the
world. Specific focus will be given to personal experiences with these
movements, the effects of neoliberalism on education and to efforts to
reimagine what education could be.
All screenings will take place at the Visual Arts Facility (VAF) Performance Space from 7-9pm.
Tuesday, Jan 12 -
And the War Has Only Just Begun by Tiqqun
Excerpts from La Haine by Kassovitz
Excerpts from If… by Lindsay Anderson
Los Angeles UCLA Student Protest
Student Occupation of New School
UCSC Occupation – Friday Night
ASTRONAUTS SEE UC STRIKE FROM SPACE
Tuesday, Jan 19 -
Excerpts from Un Granito de Arena
The Potentiality of Storming Heaven – on the Greek Student Occupations
Excerpts from Tout Va Bien by JP Gorin and Jean-Luc Godard
UC Berkeley Protests at Wheeler Hall Part 2
UC Berkeley Budget Protest. The Wheeler Frontlines
Occupied Berkeley: The Taking of Wheeler Hall
Tuesday, Feb 2 -
Semiotics of the Kitchen by Martha Rosler
Excerpts from the Fourth World War
Excerpts from The Take
Okupa! by Micha Cárdenas
Can Dialectics Break Bricks? by René Viénet
UCSC Occupation #4 – Kerr Hall – Fri
“Why No Demands?
First, because anything we might win now would be too insignificant. Countless times past student struggles have worked months and years – striking and occupying buildings and mobilizing thousands upon thousands of people – only to win back half of what they had already lost, a half that was again taken away one or two years later… If we set our horizons higher – free education, a maximum salary differential of, for instance, 3 or 5, a university managed by faculty and students and workers – then we must realize, immediately, that nothing short of full-scale insurrection could ever achieve this. And if we were strong enough to bring the existing order tumbling down around us, why would we stop short and settle for the foregoing list?
…This is why we make no demands. Because we want to be in solidarity with all who are oppressed and exploited. We will not say who they are in advance. They will define themselves by rising up and standing with us.”
- Anti-Capital Projects: Questions and Answers
Organized by Micha Cárdenas, Ricardo Dominguez and Elle Mehrmand of the b.a.n.g. lab.