Pirate Care: Valeria Graziano, Marcell Mars and Tomislav Medak

14/5 2020 7 pm

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Pirate Care is mapping collective practices that are emerging in response to the various aspects of the neoliberal crisis of care, ranging from the criminalization of migration to the rollback of reproductive rights or the introduction of workfare regimes. They help migrants survive at sea and land, provide pregnancy terminations where they are illegal, offer health support where institutions fail, liberate knowledge where access is denied. They collectivize care labor in imaginative ways. What these initiatives share is often the willingness to disobey laws and executive orders, whenever these stand in the way of safety and solidarity.

The conversation will introduce the collective Pirate Care Syllabus and the technopolitical decisions behind it. Valeria Graziano, Marcell Mars and Tomislav Medak will reflect on Pirate Care practices as an emerging form of militancy for the present times, centering the conversation around their political pedagogies and the question how we can share and liberate the important knowledges we need for supporting an expansive understanding of health/care as a common. Our talk will also be an invitation to join our work-in-progress on documenting and learning from these practices of Pirate Care.


No registration fee

All sessions will be held in English and conducted via Zoom.
We kindly ask you to announce your participation by writing an e-mail to: rsvp@kunsthallewien.at
Please note that sessions might be (partially) recorded and published online for documentation purposes by Kunsthalle Wien and the artists.

The talk is part of a series of online talks and workshops with practitioners of Pirate Care within the exhibition … of bread, wine, cars, security and peace.

Originally the workshops were planned as activations in the course of a collective learning process around the situated knowledge of these practices and a jointly written syllabus, of which a first work-in-progress edition was launched on March 8, 2020 – on the occasion of the opening of …of bread, wine, cars, security and peace at Kunsthalle Wien. Now, with the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the public activations have to be shifted to the digital space. Additionally, a collective note-taking effort was initiated to document the organizing of care and solidarity in response to the crisis.

You can find the Pirate Care Syllabus here, the topic “Flatten the Curve, Grow the Care: What are we learning from Covid-19” is accessible here.

Further dates:
15/5 2020, 5 pm–7 pm | Workshop: Open Source Estrogen – with Mary Maggic
19/5 2020, 7 pm–8 pm | Talk: Sea-Watch – with Chris Gorodtzki and Morana Miljanović
22/5 2020, 5 pm–7:30 pm (including a break) | Workshop: The Hologram. Collective Health as a “Beautiful Art Work” – with Cassie Thornton