seminar,Uncategorized — Tor Lindstrand @ 17:59



“Early this morning, I was in a bad mood and decided to break a law and start my car without buckling my seat belt. My car usually does not want to start before I buckle the belt. It first flashes a red ligth “FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT!,” then an alarm sounds; it is so high pitched, so relentless, so repetitive, that I cannot stand it. After ten seconds I swear and put on the belt. This time, I stood the alarm for twenty seconds and then gave in. My mood had worsened quite a bit, but I was at peace with the law – at least with that law.”

Bruno Latour, Where Are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundande Artifacts

Stuck in the traffic a hot summer day in Los Angles, Michael Douglas character in the film “Falling down” decides to abandon his car and starts to walk through the city. This is the moment when the symbol of the middle class, the middle man, transgresses the agreed conventions and behaviour. Falling down – the workshop – is a one day seminar exploring the notion of the middle class. Starting with a lecture on the 1960s and 70s Italian workerist movement, and its relevans for the study of the middle class, we will continue with discussions abut the production of knowledge, economy, labour in today’s society. The workshop is part of this semester’s art history course on the theme of autonomy, and is a collaboration between the Art History course at Kungl. Konsthögskolan and the Design Process Studio at KTH-Arkitektur.

FALLING DOWN – A one day workshop on the theme of autonomy and the middle class.

Lecture by artists Michele Masucci and Måns Wrange followed by text seminar.

Reading: Labour and Language, Paolo Virno and ‘Where Are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundane Artifacts, Bruno Latour

The workshop is organized by Milou Allerholm (KKH) and Tor Lindstrand (KTH)


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