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Reports

1  History Is Not Over (February 12, 1934)
A report on unity, resistance, and historiography, drawing on Marc Bernard’s book The Workers’ Days of February 9 and 12 (1934), about the anti-fascist manifestations in Paris that gave rise to the Popular Front strategy.

→ Public event at the art center Mint on September 17, 2020.
→ Video based on documentation from the event, online here.
→ Publication no. 1 in the series The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts, Historien är inte slut (12 februari 1934), 1|21 Press, spring 2021.

2  Must Be Written Later
A report on poetry, protest, the actuality of action, and the delay of writing, with reference to the prose poem “The Strike” by Tillie Lerner (later Olsen), a text about the wildcat strike in the San Francisco harbor in 1934, important for the emergence of the North American Popular Front movement.

→ Public event at the art center Titanic on October 15, 2020.
→ Video based on documentation from the event, online here.
→ Publication no. 2 in the series The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts, Måste skrivas senare, Chateaux, 2020.

3  Culture House Culture House Culture House
A report on social organization, the life of institutions, and the future of cultural policy, with reference to the special section on the French workers’ movement’s Maison de la culture in the daily Comœdia, on July 14, 1936.

→ Public event at the autonomous cultural center Cyklopen on November 6, 2020.
→ Video based on documentation from the event, online here.
→ Publication no. 3 in the series The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts, Kulturhus kulturhus kulturhus, Stockholmstidningen no. 4, 2020.

4  The Factory
A report on solidarity, asceticism, and documentary literature, with reference to Simone Weil’s Factory Journal, that documents the author and philosopher’s experience as a workshop employee in two factories in Paris in 1934 and 1935.

→ Seminar at Biskops Arnö School of creative writing, November 19–20, 2020.
→ Publication no. 4 in the series The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts, Att skriva med arbetet, 2020.
→ Publication no. 5 in the series The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts, Fabriken, Tydningen no. 39, 2021.

5  How Much Is Your Iron?
A report on extraction, crime, the possibility of realism, and the necessity of montage, with reference to Bertolt Brecht’s play How Much Is Your Iron? (1939), about Swedish iron ore export and neutrality politics in the period around the start of World War II.

→ Publication no. 6 in the series The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts, How Much Is Your Iron?, The Lulu Journal no. 8, 2020.

6  Counter-Attack
A report on violence, boredom, the politics of the street and the problem of organization, with reference to Georges Bataille and André Breton’s revolutionary avant-garde group Contre-Attaque, which sought to turn the tactics of the fascists against the fascists themselves.

→ Publication no. 7 in the series The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts, Motattack, 1|21 Press, summer 2021.

7  In Defense of Culture
A report on culture’s political possibilities yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

→ Publication no. 8 in the series The Aesthetics of the Popular Fronts, Till kulturens försvar, fall 2021.