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Insurgent workers’ minds and bodies turned up on dance-floors long ago, anticipating their liberation from the factory's mechanistic discipline. Clubs were sites that integrated political education and entertainment; social recovery and antagonistic social articulation. Then arrived the weekend, ripe with evening temptations, as both a working class victory and a bargain with capital for an ever more dutiful submission to the pains of the working week. Whether mere toxic retreats into a world of purchased pleasures serviced by instrumentalized hospitality workers; or as maddening aspirations toward collective self-abolition in the crushing beat of capitalist ruins, spaces of nightly leisure are energized by a social desire for what Kristin Ross calls communal luxury: a communistic drive for collective prosperity that capitalism recuperates and exploits.

The Ultimate Leisure Workers' Club hopes to draw from these political potentials, linking up with groups and individuals involved in the struggle to open new terrains for social liberation and communal joy in the night and beyond. We are drawn to topics ranging from: emancipatory as well as toxic traits of spaces of escape; the class, race and gender politics of clubs and leisure time; the struggle for free time from the standpoint of reproductive labor; the political-economy of pleasure and the subversion of it; comparison of socialist and capitalist leisure economies; technological utopias of full leisure society and dystopias of machinic hyper-exploitation; social narratives about productive and nonproductive bodies; creative activity in the classless society.

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🐝 EXITING THE DOMESTIC FACTORY 2021
2021-07-01

From the ‘houses’ of Chicago House and mothers of vogue; to the tribes of rave; and on to the rent parties of the Harlem Renaissance; nightlife communities have long since challenged what a family is and how our domestic spaces may be inhabited as sites of labour, reproduction, intimacy, violence, pleasure and escape.

Unleashing the full potentials of these alternative kinship forms appears more relevant now than ever. Responding to a climate wherein right-wing valorisations of family life have conjoined with the intensified burdens of our domestic realities under pandemic conditions, a new cycle of the ULWC begins: Exiting the Domestic Factory.

Co-organized by Samantha Lippett, the cycle will broadly explore an anti-work politics of leisure and rest from the standpoint of domesticity, caring labour, and reproduction. Run- ning parallel to this cycle, a series of mixtapes, gatherings and parties will unfold, organised by Deuxnoms.

Family abolitionism meets an Autonomist anti-work politics – on dancefloors and urban gardens; in communes, flats and district community centres.

Bievre Garden w/Pauline Perplexe
2021-09-20

24th - 30th July, Paris

Responding to the Parisian communards revolutionary demands for the reconfiguration of urban space as a flourishing commons, Peter Kropotkin asked: “To what should the two million citizens of Paris turn their attention when they would no longer be catering to the luxurious fads and amusements of Russian princes, Romanian grandees, and the wives of Berlin financiers?” And his answer? The conversion of Paris’ senselessly luxurious parks, squares and aristocratic chateauxs into lush, vital, world sustaining community gardens.

And so, taking this revolutionary historical vision of urban gardening as our starting point, the ULWC (Ultimate Leisure Workers’ Club), together with Pauline Perplexe, welcomes you for a week-long convergence in the Bièvre district garden. Over the week we will communally explore strategies for the enchanting of Bièvre as a site of insurgent festivity – asking how gardens and gardening may be assumed as standpoints against the compulsory world of work, domesticity and alienation. Approaching this site as a medium for communal joy and autonomous artistic expression, we imagine these activities taking the form of what Kristin Ross described in our Assembly last year, as a “semi-autonomous space of care, festivity, mutual-aid”

Feast of Fools
2021-09-20

Friday 30th, 20:00 - 04:00

A ruling class nightmare: the marauding horde, the many-headed multitude, the insatiate, giddy, and murderous crowd.

A long-since murdered medieval rave haunts the present – threatening the upending of economy, the ordering of faces, the great distribution of societal roles.

Revellers included:
Marav Gala
Arthur J. Reptillian
Divisas
Teenage God
Amour Courtois
Jean Poubelle


Sacha Kahir (DE)

‘HAUηTΣD TRΔΡΡ HΦUSΣ ΣSCAPΣPLAΝ’
A history of sound system culture focusing on HOUSE and its earliest days in Jamaica (late 1950s and 60s), through to Northern Soul, Queer 80s synth pop, Hip Hop and Techno and onto Trap and Footwork. Through wild combinations of poetry, field recordings and dance (inspired by Butoh and Jookin), Kahir’s performance will explore the family home from Post-Fordism to recurrent returns to ‘family values’– asking how rigid and suffocating domestic space may be exited through these music subcultures.

DJ sets, food and co-organization by ULWC (LT)

Installation by Willie Osterweil

Hosting by Christel and Perplexe collective

 

Homes without Kitchens / Towns without Housework
2021-09-20

Tuesday 27th, 18:00 - 21:00

Discussion and reading w/ Woodbine (NYC)

90 Avenue de la Convention 94110 Arcueil

A future without housework? A future without the violence, isolation, and drudgery of the private home. From the Fourierist phalanstère, to the Russian peasant commune, and onto contemporary mutual aid and disaster relief movements; many strategies have been developed for exiting the domestic factory.

The session will begin with a talk by an organiser of the autonomous hub Woodbine (NYC), who will share a few stories about the hub’s history of mutual aid organising through community gardens, weekly communal dinners and the running of a food pantry. The presentation will be given additional historical context through an engagement with Dolores Hayden’s book from 1981, ‘The Grand Domestic Revolution’. Hayden introduces 19th and 20th century feminist visions about the future of urban space and domestic living arrangements. Inspired by utopian socialists alike, these women were both practical organisers of communes and scifi visionaries who conjured speculative visions for the redesign of kitchens, community centres, and the lived environment at large.

We hope the reading and presentation will intertwine with the sharing of personal experiences on our struggles against domestic labour and for common infrastructures of care.

Links:

Hayden’s text may be found in the ULWC zine 'A Life Without Housework?'

‘Solidarity and collective autonomy: an interview with Woodbine’ (FR) 2020 https://rouendanslarue.net/solidarite-et-collectifs-autonomes-que-signifie-sorganiser-politiquement-a-lere-de-trump/

‘From mutual aid to dual power in the state of emergency’, Woodbine, March 2020: https://roarmag.org/essays/from-mutual-aid-to-dual-power-in-the-state-of-emergency

Intro & Reading
2021-09-20

Saturday 24th, 16:00 - 19:00

90 Avenue de la Convention 94110 Arcueil

The ULWC welcomes you to join for a gathering in the Bièvre garden. We will introduce the club and our current cycle ‘Exiting the Domestic Factory’, read a few excerpts from the ‘ULWC Reader’ and begin a discussion with Pauline Perplexe on the enchantment of the Bièvre garden as a space for insurgent leisure, festivity and mutual aid. Asking how gardens and gardening may be approached as a standpoint against the compulsory world of work, domestic reproduction and alienation? Links: ‘ULWC Reader’: http://luna6.lt/ultimate-leisure-workers-club.html#ulwc-reader

Maintenance Time: “...after the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?”
2021-09-20

Thursday 29th, 18:00 - 21:00

90 Avenue de la Convention

94110 Arcueil

Creative workshop and talk with curator Samantha Lippett (UK)

A conversation exploring notions of time, maintenance and reproductive labour followed by a series of communal ‘actions’ in the district garden borrowed from 1970s radical feminist movements and maternal artists who, through their practices, have made public the work that usually remains behind the scenes. This session intends to elicit further conversation around our shifting understanding of care and caring responsibilities, familial structures and notions of mutual aid following our experiences of life under pandemic conditions.

 

Links:

Lisa Baraitser, ‘Touching Time: Maintenance, Endurance, Care', 2015

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/9781137388186_2

‘MANIFESTO FOR MAINTENANCE ART 1969!’

https://www.artpractical.com/uploads/docs/5.4-Ukeles_MANIFESTO.pdf

Domestic Realism w/ Common Ground
2021-06-27

On Sunday June 27th at 15hrs (UTC+2) on Palanga Street Radio we chat with Common Ground (Samantha Lippett and Kamile Krasauskaitė).

In the conversation we will share some thoughts about our new focus on the struggle for leisure from the standpoint of domestic labour and its importance to nightlife communities. Challenging ‘domestic realism’ – romantic eternalizations of the home as an unchanging heterosexual institution – nightlife communities have long-since questioned what a ‘family’ is and how our domestic spaces may be alternatively inhabited.

Find the recording here: https://soundcloud.com/palanga_street_radio/common-ground-13-domestic?in=palanga_street_radio/sets/common-ground

Communal Feast w/Palanga Street Radio
2021-06-18

On June 18–20 ULWC we will join PSR at the Lentpjūvė compound in Švenčionėliai. At the compound ULWC will prepare a communal feast and guide conversation about our changing relationship to domestic space under pandemic conditions. As we dine, a zine about communal kitchens and feminist collectives will be shared, consisting of excerpts from ‘The Grand Domestic Revolution’ (1981) which will help us frame stories about revolutionary nightlife communities, feminist communes and queer collectives that have attempted to transform domestic space and the normative family values too often associated with it.

Yoolia will prepare a special soundtrack, dished out live on Palanga Street Radio for those unable to join our IRL table.

A link to our zine ‘A future without housework?’ here.

🏰 ASSEMBLY 2020
2020-11-18

The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the Red Death.

The ULWC Assembly, taking place in the second wave of the pandemic, takes inspiration from Poe’s short story Masque of the Red Death. A gothic tale set in the Middle Ages, about a prince who shelters all his royal friends in a fortified palace amidst a plague, orchestrating a gaudy, fantastic, and endless party to escape responsibility for the misery that surrounds. We see the tale as a striking allegory about our present: an era of neo-feudalism marked as it is by unprecedented class divisions, state oppressions, and basic resource depletions. Our experiences of leisure and health are violently segregated along gender, race, and class lines. 

In the Assembly we will broadly strategize how the abolition of these divisions may be carried out through insurgent leisure cultures. Assuming the role of those excluded from and exploited within the Prince’s castle, we are the red-abject-horror: the invisibilized workers who produce their objects of pleasure and security. Our communal existence, the nightmare of their accumulated wealth and privately hoarded pleasure. 

The assembly will feature a series of discussions and conclude with a performance and the eventual release of a publication made up of text and visuals by our contributors.
Anthony Iles
Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė
Annie Goh
Arnoldas Stramskas
BCAA system
Community Bread
Christoph Fringeli of Datacide Magazine 
Kristin Ross
Mattin 
Neil Transpontine of History is Made at Night
Noah Brehmer
Oramics
Palanga Street Radio
Querelle
Sacha Kahir
Vaida Stepanovaitė
ULWC is organised as a collaboration between political hub Luna6 (Vilnius) and nomadic project space Kabinetas. Visuals by Studio Cryo. The Assembly is financed by Lithuanian Council for Culture.
Schedule/Participate
2020-11-26

To join a talk write us and we will send you a zoom link: ulwclub@gmail.com . You may also watch the events through our youtube channel (TBA). The talks will begin with only the speakers visible, but we will switch to an open discussion at the end. All five talks feature unique visuals made by BCAA System, that you can put on your “background” in zoom. You will find the download link for the visuals in each event description. We encourage you to show yourself in the chat!
28 November 19h (UTC+2) From White Brothers with No Soul to Feminist Prometheans: Lights Out at the White Supremacist Theory Disco Annie Goh in conversation with Anthony Iles
30 Nov, 19h (UTC+2) The Club is the Centre of the Invention of New Needs: Dead by Dawn Neil Transpontine and Christoph Fringeli (mod. Anthony Iles)
2 Dec, 18h (UTC+2) Caring Labor and Mutual Aid in Queer and POC Club Communities Community Bread and Oramics (mod. Vaida Stepanovaitė)
3 Dec 19h (UTC+2) Building Leisure Communism. Imagining a World without Work. Kristin Ross and Agne Bagdziunaite (mod. Noah Brehmer)
13 Dec, 19h (UTC+2) Between Subjectless Crowds and Experienceless Subjects... A Discussion on the Place of Rave in Leftist Politics Today Mattin, Arnoldas Stramskas, Vaida Stepanovaite, Noah Brehmer
From White Brothers with No Soul to Feminist Prometheans: Lights Out at the White Supremacist Theory Disco
2020-11-28

Nov 28, 7pm (UTC+2)
Annie Goh's recent critique of Xenofeminism explores the latest in a sequence of moves by which white feminist theorists have re-asserted new universalisms which thrive off but also re-marginalise the 'alien' identity of non-white and non-cis or non-straight others. This writing continues the project Goh began whilst working with Club Transmediale/CTM Festival Berlin of questioning complexifying the relationships to race and gender at the heart of the norms defining histories of club culture and electronic music. In conversation with Anthony Iles, Goh will attempt to work through the problems of who is, and who is not, written into or out of the dancefloor of history and what consequences this has for attempts to place emancipatory politics at the centre of the club's concerns. 

Reading list:

- "Tekknologic as Tekknowledge” QRT aka Markus Konradin Leiner (Merve Verlag Berlin 1999) Excerpt Translated by Annie Goh 2013
https://archive2013-2020.ctm-festival.de/archive/festival-editions/ctm13-the-golden-age/feature-teaser-2013/qrt-tekknologic-tekknowledge-tekgnosis-ein-theoriemix-merve-verlag-berlin-1999/ 
- "White Brothers With No Soul: UnTuning the Historiography of Berlin Techno" An interview with Alexander G. Weheliye, by Annie Goh, January, 2015
https://www.ctm-festival.de/magazine/white-brothers-with-no-soul#64
- APPROPRIATING THE ALIEN: A CRITIQUE OF XENOFEMINISM, Annie Goh, July 2019
https://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/appropriating-alien-critique-xenofeminism
- "business techno matters: how those who have the most sacrifice the least” by frankie decaiza hutchinson, Aug 2020
https://dwellerforever.blog/2020/08/18/business-techno-matters-how-those-who-have-the-most-sacrifice-the-least/

The Club is the Centre of the Invention of New Needs: Dead by Dawn
2020-11-30

30 Nov, 19h (UTC+2)
Neil Transpontine and Christoph Fringeli will discuss the seminal Dead by Dawn parties held between (1994-1996) at the squatted 121 Centre at Railton Road Brixton. Crossing self-publishing, visual and sonic experimentation, exploratory theory, social spaces, new communications technologies and the emergence of ludic and networked politics, the Dead by Dawn parties were a catalyst for exploring a leisure time clawed back from the social compulsion to labour.

Christoph is the founder of Praxis Records and the editor of Datacide magazine for noise and politics. He was part of the collective responsible for Dead by Dawn. Neil Transpontine attended Dead by Dawn and has written about it for his blog History is Made at Night. He is a regular contributor to Datacide magazine.      

Caring Labor and Mutual Aid in Queer and POC Club Communities
2020-12-02

2 Dec, 18h (UTC+2)
Club communities all over the world have been hit hard by the pandemic: artists and promoters as well as bartenders and bouncers have encountered a massive depletion of income and loss of work. The pandemic has only made problems of exploitation, racism and patriarchy all the more pronounced in the leisure industry. Often working informally, the same communities also confront particular difficulties in accessing state support for health, housing and financial security. While some countries have financially assisted the nightlife sector, the dominant pattern has been support of business interests over workforces. Facing up to this situation, some club communities have taken to devising their own means of mutual support, giving needed focus to those disproportionately damaged by the current situation.

Oramics (PL) and Community Bread(US), will join us to discuss these issues and share practical strategies for organizing in these times. Oramics is a DJ collective made up of women, non-binary and queer people that has actively participated in resistance against enduring LGBTQI+ oppression in Poland. New York-based Community Bread is a global resource platform initiated to offset economic hardship for queer and POC club artists and their communities. 

Building Leisure Communism. Imagining a world without work
2020-12-03

December 3rd, 7pm (UTC+2)
In Lithuania we rightfully hold very negative associations about the idea of communism. Yet, as Guy Debord said, even words may be taken prisoner and put to use against themselves. Communism is very much one of those words –– appearing in the late 1800s to account for new social formations that REJECTED the state, the emerging capitalist regime of work, as well as all forms of gender, race, and nationalist oppression. Embracing this little known and actively marginalised history of communism, the ULWC seeks to support communist social movements by tapping into the anti-work imaginaries we find prosper in the capitalist sphere of leisure.

And so we invite you for a discussion with one of the leading contemporary theorists of communism Kristin Ross who has vividly addressed the central role of nightclubs in the organisation of the Paris Commune (1871) and the historian Agne Bagdziunaite who will present on the class politics of leisure in the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic. Comparing capitalist, state-socialist and stateless-communist orderings of work and leisure spheres, the speakers will address the following questions: Does leisure have a place in a communist society no longer dictated by the oppositions of necessary and disposable time and the class struggle over the shortening of the working day? To what extent may the leisure sphere of capitalism, of say nightly festivity, be taken as a viable standpoint for conspiring against the daily regimes of labor? And to what extent is this sphere overly determined by prevailing class, race, and gender hierarchies? What forms of class hierarchy and exploitation existed under state-socialism and what is there for us to learn from its differences with the contemporary reality of neo-feudal disaster capitalism?

Between Subjectless Crowds and Experienceless Subjects....A discussion on the place of rave in Leftist politics today
2020-12-13

13 Dec, 19h (UTC+2)

A discussion with Mattin, Arnoldas Stramskas, Vaida Stepanovaite, Noah Brehmer

Rave culture introduced ludic engagements with the socially sterilised urban spaces of neo-liberal capitalism –– the radical connectivity they proposed raged against a new regime of personalisation and alienated technological inter-dependency (Fisher). Notably, Fisher and his comrades announced the death of rave or the death of its political potentials at a talk in Berghain in 2013 (CTM, 2013). Applying Fisher’s well known thesis on capitalism realism, they claimed that the insurgent potential of rave culture was hollowed out and incorporated in the advanced capitalist culture industry, merely repeating the ghostly memory of its past forms and energies. Raves have also been criticised for their failure to cultivate and sustain the new collectivities they produce, as they are found to be lacking in the language, reason, and interpersonal complexity that would constitute true political subjectivity (Tiqqun). Yet, on the other hand, we find a Leftist politics lured by the antithetical fantasy of an experienceless subject of reason that simply doesn’t deal with bodies and sensations. It is clear that the Left has not been able to deal with bodies, with the psychosomatic consequences of neoliberalism. How then to build a Left movement that neither fetishises the experiential nor the rational, but rather introduces a critical mode of reason based on anti-patriarchal and colonial principles. Could raves and other insurgent dance cultures have a place in building an emancipatory communist movement today? And is Fisher’s conclusion about the death of rave in the era of capitalist realism really correct?

Reading Material:

Mark Fisher et al, “Death of Rave”, CTM Festival, 2013, available here: https://soundcloud.com/ctm-festival/ctm13-death-of-rave-1-uk
Tiqqun, “Sermon to the Ravers”, 2008, available here: http://exploits.jottit.com/2._sermon_to_the_ravers
Noah Brehmer, “RAVE-ACCELERATE-DIE”, Blind Field Journal, 2019, available here: https://blindfieldjournal.com/2019/07/18/rave-accelerate-die/

💦 ACTION GROUP
2020-06-09

ULWC Action Group is a place for Club participants and friends to hang out, share ideas about creative and political practices and build insurgent leisure strategies.

Take Back The Night w K/REIVAS
2021-09-20

Friday, September 10th, 22hrs, @Skyle
Kreivės is throwing a queer after-bash together with the Ultimate Leisure Workers’ Club.
 
We come to play together, we want to play with all who want to bring joy to themselves and everyone else.
After looking at leisure through consumption glasses, after forgetting how it's good to gather, cause around u hear that instead of solidarity we should hide.
 
– let's take back the night from those who know “better” how this all should look...
 
🐔 
Įėjimas – 5 €, reikalingas galimybių pasas.
Entrance – €5, imunity proof required.
Location - Skyle
 
💋
Lineup
 
DEUXNOMS (Queer womxn dj collective/ULWC)
https://soundcloud.com/ulwclub/ulwc-mixtape-1-deuxnoms-1
Dj isDYKEle (Queer womxn dj collective)
LUNARLOOM (ULWC)
We Dance Together / We Fight Together Танцуем вместе / Боремся вместе
2021-09-20

4-12 pm, 22 August, Saturday
Luna6

Ultimate Leisure Workers’ Club is part of a two-day fundraising event We Dance Together / We Fight Together in Kaunas and Vilnius (Lithuania) organised to support Belarusian activists and help them financially while they are fighting against an authoritarian state. Check the fundraiser leaflet, for more information on the groups receiving the support, an interview with them and how to donate online.

The Saturday portion is hosted by Luna6 in Vilnius. ULWC will contribute through the release of our first publication, to be assembled collectively in a workshop, as well as a music programme set for the assembly and, later on, for some ravish dance vibes.

The slogan “We Dance Together / We Fight Together” has circulated in various club scenes, as a means of expressing involvement in social movements against police and state brutality; such as Tbilisi’s rave-protest in 2018, and currently in demonstrations that are spreading throughout Poland against the wave of violence directed toward LGBTQ+ communities (check out a very informative discussion between philosopher Ewa Majewska and Polish creators in the queer culture scene).

More on the pocketbook

From 3 to 6 pm, we will have a new pocketbook Viskas bendra (All is Common) release, for which we invite you to a workshop where you will have the chance to make a customised pocketbook. The publication features a Lithuanian-translated essay “Baroque Sunbursts” by Mark Fisher about the potential of rave culture to establish communal relations amidst a world overcome by separations; as well as a Lithuanian introduction by club member Nindzė. The workshop is organised by two of our club members: Studio Cryo, who is also the graphic designer of the booklet and will lead the workshop, and Valentin of print.kamp who developed the printing and binding vision.

And of course, from 4 to 10 pm a group of ULWC friends will serve some good sounds:

Reyna Deyna & Lukas Danys
Moteris
Mávros Skýlos
Raf Symons
ZRNKT
Julius

* There will be plenty of drinks on site, and please bring cash for donations which will go directly and entirely to Belarusian street activists. You can check here [RU] [LT] [EN]  for more information on the groups receiving the support, an interview with them and how to donate online.

ULWC READER LAUNCH } The Age of Aqua Disko
2021-09-20

9 pm, 19 February, 2021
Livestream on twitch 

*** ULWC READER ***

Аква
Diskoteka
Aqua
Дискотека
A few silver spoons.
A shelf, or two, from the wine cellar.
One pouch of dr\/gs each – equal to our monthly salaries.
….And why not some arms and medical supplies.

***
Lineup:
DEUXNOMS (Queer Womxn Collective, Lithuania)
ALYSSA MYLANNO (ULWC, US/LT)
DOGHEADSURIGERI (Oramics, Poland)
Vengaboi (ULWC)
*** Our dear friend Putin, if you haven’t heard, has much to offer us at his aquadisko palace* on the Black Sea… What location could be better for the launch party of the Ultimate Leisure Workers’ Club Reader… A publication taking on the class, race and gender relations that mediate the contemporary, neo-feudal, realities of the nightlife and free time experience; while proposing the formation of insurgent leisure movements, critically building from the anti-work fantasy scapes of the night that capitalism, otherwise, recuperates and exploits. To work for delight and authentic festivity is barely distinguishable from preparing for a general insurrection Although Putin certainly nailed it with the gold-plated swimming pool, we find his general interior design sensibility lacking – it’s hard to compete, after all, with the royal decorum of yesteryears feudal lords. And so, ALYSSA MYLANNO, with a lil help of Studio Cryo, will be doing a bit of redecorating – think neo-feudal opulence, abolitionist revenge fantasy, slavic voguing, spring looting, armed joy. *The Age of Aquadisco was recently coined by Russian protesters as a response to the release of a 3D rendering of Putin’s lavish palace, which has since come to symbolise our contemporary era of neo-feudal disaster capitalism. **The ULWC Reader, prompted by the Club’s recent Assembly broadly engages with the history of nightlife, leisure and free time as an organising terrain for autonomous movements. The Reader is edited by Noah Brehmer, Anthony Iles, Vaida Stepanovaitė and features contributions by: Anne Boyer, Annie Goh, Oramics, Leisure Communism Group, Community Bread, Palanga Street Radio, Mattin, Sacha Kahir, Christoph Fringeli, Anthony Iles, Neil Transpotine, Mark Fisher, Tiqqun, Arnoldas Stramskas, Vaida Stepanovaitė, Noah Brehmer. Cover Graphic by BCAA System.