ZEMOS98 is a team of cultural workers. We try to create critical thinking, we try to deconstruct the mass-media messages, we try to weave networks, relationships and communities. We try to work in the intersections and margins. We try to work (g)locally, behind the borders. We try to take care of our networks and we try to reuse and remix all of our contents. We try to organize a Festival every year and we try to create a New Media Laboratory called 98LAB to learn about this things.
So, basically, we try things.

COPYLOVE. co-research in progress



Topic: Commons / Format: Research / Project: Copylove

This co-research are lead by Sofía Coca (ZEMOS98), Rubén Martínez and Txelu Balboa (Colaborabora). We are working on this since 14 Festival ZEMOS98. Now we are working on this website - www.copylove.cc - coming soon in english.

Copylove use emotional resources to create caring-citizenship in order to (re)generate the society. Copylove activate the streets via bodies that affected. Love (not talking about romantic love or love as reproductive strategy, but a common feature of interdependencies that result subjectivities within a community) is expanding networks. Common processes become alive through understanding each other, tenderness and trust. Copylove is the process of expanding caring-citizenship. Copylove is a process of life in which love expands affections and provoke actions. Communities as caring-citizenship. Networks/Communities are contestations that create authorities. Memories listen to the communities (caring-citizenship) to create affections which active lives that can make actions sustainable, moved by common codes which establish the rules of the game that can be burocratized by the "Leviathan" (according to Hobbes, entity (state or market) that communities transfer full sovereignty to avoid conflict and provide security. The Leviathan is understood as a threat to the love in the communities.

We can use this meaningful statements to research into our communities and to make practices visible because they matter even if sometimes we don’t consider te importance of them. This reflection activates important issues for the sustainability of a community and for transforming a community itself.

Without care, life is impossible. Life can not "productive" without a caring economy. If we have been "productive" in the fiction called capitalism, it is thanks to that we care of others, what some have labeled as an "unproductive" action: domestic work, the reproduction of labor. Without care work life could not exist in a market economy, though these practices are not visible. This invisible work has been done by women (and here «women» can be understood as minorities, in my opinion). Neither state nor market have managed to cover a fundamental need: the right to be cared for/of.

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Inspired by this fact, which certainly shows the structural rawness from which love is instrumentalized but also to sustain their power and their ability to exceed all logic, we opened a process of action-research on what we call the «invisible commons». «Commons», because they are ways to create support and keep us under codes that, while not explicitly but implicitly, help us to survive both materially and emotionally. «Invisible» because they have been neglected or poorly remembered when not hidden or blurred. In short, «invisible commons» because, though darkened within our daily life, are essential for our cooperative and supportive capacity as communities. These invisible commons create habitable territories.

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