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14 November 2012

Today there is a general strike in Europe. A*DESK is updated daily and today we are publishing yet another article. And we will probably carry on working from A*DESK or from each of our homes. Self-employed workers, with low social security quotas (just like the low salaries) with no fixed office hours, which in reality means extended office hours, paying little heed to factory or commercial closures, the children of these new ways of working, glued to emails, phones and computers.

And we wanted to strike. At least we wanted to demonstrate with intensity what it means: a radical rejection of the economic and antisocial policies of European governments, the need to stop and think about social and political models, that are not dependent on the economic oligarchies in which we live. But in the face of these new modes of working, we also ask ourselves who will really be affected by the strike. Governments will save a wad of days of salary payments; large industries will stop their production for a bit, thereby freeing themselves of a little of the excess of stocks that they are suffering; the workers will lose a day’s salary from their precarious economies, just as small companies or initiatives will lose a day of income of their unstable finances; many will work anyway, in their homes, with these new forms of work without office hours, or will recuperate them the following day…

Someone will hear the general protest (it’s been around for a while), no doubt they will pay no heed (they haven´t for a long time now) and will think about how it’s gone for them. Others will take stock of how things have gone and how things are going.

A*DESK is a critical platform focused on publishing, training, experimentation, communication and dissemination in relation to contemporary culture and art, which is defined by transversality. The starting point is contemporary art, because that is where we come from and this awareness allows us to go much further, to incorporate other disciplines and forms of thought in order debate issues that are relevant and urgent for understanding our present.

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