Valeria Graziano

Valeria Graziano
University of Rijeka

PhD

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Introduction
I am a theorist and cultural organizer. Over the years, I have been involved in numerous participatory research initiatives across social movements and the cultural sector, focusing on organizational change, principally on the relation between technopolitics and popular pedagogy; repair and refusal of work; care, pleasure and disobedience. My approach is informed by institutional analysis, autonomist Marxism and feminist epistemologies.

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This paper presents the findings of comparative research into the labor, organizational and spatial practices of a new kind of hybrid civic spaces that we refer to as “social impact-driven repair shops.” These are an emerging typology of urban spaces dedicated to repaired and up-cycled items that also go beyond the functions of a traditional shop....
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In the following text, we start from a set of intuitions: that technical pedagogies are indispensable to political autonomy; that the plebs, the proletarians, and the poor have historically devised ways to pass on technical knowledge; that the collective capacity to understand technological systems was lost with the fragmentation of the labor movem...
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The refusal of work in artistic production is an expansive trope: perhaps only in the cultural industries workers have been able to articulate so thoroughly their desires of exodus and detachment. This is the irony that seems to be an unavoidable ingredient of such trope: the refusal of art work, its cessation, can be seen as constituting its own g...
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Digital strategies are a public co-learning opportunity, not just a mechanism for pumping content into the fuel tank of the attention economy...
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The hypothesis of a post-work society has provoked a newfound interest in the role of imagination in political thinking, made explicit by many authors who turned to the literary genres of utopian and sci-fi writing to sketch possible scenarios of a jobless future. This article proposes instead another mode of constructing political narratives, that...
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Based on the online talk given for the II edition of the Venice Climate Camp, 8-12 September 2020.
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In the present article, we reflect on some key aspects for the design of pub­lic health systems by retracing the history of the Italian National Health Service, or Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), from its inception to the present days, analysing how a series of subsequent reforms and counter-reforms impacted its functions and services. Our refl...
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The aim of the Pirate Care project is to put the politics back into caring and to disrupt the global property regime that is colonising public welfare services and turning them into privately traded assets. Piracy refers to all the practices of survival and solidarity that disobey unjust legal and social rules that support property at the expense o...
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In this article we place the discussions of automation in post-work imaginaries within and alongside feminist critiques and understandings of domestic technology. Structured in three parts, the first surveys debates on the future of work, showing how feminist materialist critiques of technology would lend themselves to an anti-work rather than post...
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Il volume interroga la scena del lungo Sessantotto in Italia all'incrocio tra sperimentazioni artistiche e politiche dei movimenti, alla ricerca di questioni che ancora assediano e turbano il presente. Questioni esplose allora, relative alla comunità, all'ibridazione disciplinare, ai processi di soggettivazione, alla relazione tra creazione e produ...
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‘A lot of things need to be repaired and a lot of relationships are in need of a knowledgeable mending. Can we start to talk/write about them?’ This invitation — sent by one of the authors to the others — led us, as feminist women in academia, to join together in an experimental writing about the effects of COVID‐19 on daily social practices and on...
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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 ascrib...
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In the last decade, a new term begun to circulate with increasing insistence in the context of contemporary art: public programming. This expression suddenly begun to appear alongside other commonly used words in the realm of cultural institutions, suddenly overlapping with them, words such as parallel event, gallery education, museum pedagogy, med...
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The publication Rebelling with Care is the result of the research and dissemination activities carried out by WeMake within the framework of DSI for Europe, a project supported by the European Commission to reinforce the network of organizations using technologies to make a positive impact on society. The DSI paradigm revolves around key concepts s...
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Repair has visibly come to the fore in recent academic and policy debates, to the point that ‘repair studies’ is now emerging as a novel focus of research. Through the lens of repair, scholars with diverse backgrounds are coming together to rethink our relationships with the human-made matters, tools and objects that are the material mesh in which...
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On the phenomenon of online hashtag syllabi as a new media object and as a digital tool used by recent political movements, particularly based in the US, to instigate processes of political pedagogy. It explores its genealogies in connection with pedagogical processes first imangined by Freedom Schools and Wages against Housework.
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This short article offers a perspective on the social organization of repair and re-use of public infrastructures in the UK today by focusing on an former public library now transferred to a social enterprise which also hosts a repair centre for the processing of used household goods.
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Cure Ribelli è una pubblicazione che nasce dalle attività di ricerca e disseminazione svolte da WeMake nell’ambito del progetto Digital Social Innovation for Europe, un programma supportato dalla Commissione Europea che punta a rafforzare la rete di organizzazioni che propongono l’utilizzo delle tecnologie con una prospettiva mirata all’impatto pos...
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In this paper, we look at repair as an emergent focus of recent activism in affluent societies, where a number of groups are reclaiming practices of repair as a form of political and ecological action. Ranging from those that fight for legislative change to those groups who are trying to support ecological and social change through everyday life pr...
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The current rise of an aggressive far right discourse calls for a revision of the practices, modes and figures of resistance. Across the current debates that are critically unfolding on this issue, it seems clear that a fragility of the imaginary accompanies all of them. By this, I mean a sense of a lack of firm antecedents able to lend to current...
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An exloration of the idea of daring as an ethical and political mode of reciprocal agency, departing from three different works of fiction: Pasolini's Accattone; Fincher's Fight Club and Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend. Thinking through the conditions and contexts framing the protagonists' deeds, it considers dare as a mode of collective action and...
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In about 2006, the art world developed a prolonged fascination with questions of education, pedagogy and the art school. ‘The Educational Turn’ (Rogoff 2008 Rogoff, Irit (2008) ’Turning’, E-Flux Journal 1, http://www.e-flux.com, accessed 4 February 2016.), as it became known, produced a plethora of artistic and curatorial practices that engage with...
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On the poetics of il-literacy, disobeying grammar, talking book, Ukawsaw Gronniosaw and Ivan Illich.
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This paper addresses the position of young arts graduates seeking to respond to the unequal access and precarity of jobs in the cultural sector by establishing artist-led temporary spaces. With the increasing dissemination of the discourse of pop-up urban uses in the United Kingdom since 2008, former genealogies of autonomous self-organised spaces...
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Within the resilient interest of the art world for all things 'participatory', the question of how to conceptualise gestures of activation keeps popping up, in conversations and academic papers alike. A glimpse in the direction of a possible response begins, for me, with a cinematic image.
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On the notion of radical diplomacy as a mode of cultural labour.
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Micropolitics Research Group (2007-present) is a networked practice based research group with multiple outputs. This group which crosses over with its sister group, the 'Carrot Workers Collective', carries out performative investigations, convenes groups of people around a number of key issues, publishes and collaborates with other artists, activis...

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Pirate Care is a transnational research project and a network of activists, scholars and practitioners who stand against the criminalization of solidarity & for a common care infrastructure. Pirate Care researches, gathers & nourishes those care initiatives which are taking risks by operating in the narrow grey zones left open between different knowledges, institutions and laws, inviting all to participate in a exploration of the mutual implications of care and technology that dare questioning the ideology of private property, work and metrics. Neoliberal policies have for the last two decades re-organised the basic care provisions that were previously considered cornerstones of democratic life - healthcare, housing, access to knowledge, right to asylum, freedom of mobility, social benefits, etc. - turning them into tools for surveilling, excluding and punishing the most vulnerable. The name Pirate Care refers to those initiatives that have emerged in opposition to such political climate by self-organising technologically-enabled care & solidarity networks.