14 May Ultimate Leisure Workers’ Club
Ultimate Leisure Workers’ Club
Ultimate Leisure Workers’ Club takes nightly leisure ‘seriously’ as a fertile social, conceptual, aesthetic ground for thought and politics. The club is initiated by the nomadic project space Kabinetas and the political hub Luna6 based in the Naujininkai district of Vilnius, Lithuania. Through the majority of the year 2020, the club is planned to operate online, and in physical proximity to Luna6.
Insurgent workers’ minds and bodies turned up on dance-floors long ago, anticipating their liberation from the factories 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 overall constellation is in the process of forming itself as several distinct strands of thought, ruminating on: pleasure activism and political escapologies in the context of the current crisis; manifestations and subversions of clubbing body politics; leisure through and beyond capitalist alienation; socio-aesthetic utopias and dystopias spurred on by the techno-death drive; all the while rethinking ‘social space’ as insurgent as much as a toxic setting for communal subjectivisations.
Club’s activities are curated by Noah Brehmer (Luna6) and Vaida Stepanovaite (Kabinetas).
Noah Brehmer is a political theorist and cultural organizer based in Vilnius. Co-founder of the Lithuanian critical media platform Life is Too Expensive (Gyvenimas Per Brangus), currently organizing with the new cultural/political space Luna6 in Vilnius. Luna6 strives to build an infrastructure for radical optimism: supporting a network of initiatives, which range from an independent labor union, public lecture series, reading group, queer affinity circle, radical zine archive, distro and library. Current research interests concern the capacity/failures of sonic environments to radically anticipate and envision the future. Recent output includes the essay RAVE-ACCELERATE-DIE and the presentation Senseless Pulsions: Queer Desire in the Techno Communist Horizon.
Vaida Stepanovaite is an independent curator based in Europe, currently pursuing MRes in Curatorial/Knowledge at Goldsmiths in London. Curator of Kabinetas, a nomadic project space that concerns itself with methods of collaboration and performative curatorial strategies, elaborated through long-term research projects and events usually staged in between the frameworks of contemporary art. In 2018, among other projects, Kabinetas initiated an ongoing collaborative research project Ultimate Leisure, under which a day-time rave Tarka in Vilnius was curated in collaboration with community radio Palanga Street Radio, and the first Ultimate Leisure Workers’ Club staged in Beijing with Xiaoyao Xu. Recent projects also include project Ghost Islands at I: project space in Beijing, and textual contribution to Wounds heal faster in a metallic mouth on O Fluxo.