Proletarian Nights

monument_to_the_3rd_international Vladimir Tatlin, Sketch for the monument to the Third International, c. 1919

It was a grand project that was abandoned shortly after it was conceived, and many said it was impossible to build. Designed by Russian avant-guardist/Constructivist architect Vladimir Tatlin in 1919, the tower – officially called the Monument to the Third International – reflected the ideals/visions of the proletarian October Revolution. It was supposed to be 400 meters high, with three main components that were to rotate around the central axis at varying speeds, and, at the very top, a propaganda centre that was to project messages onto the clouds.

Proletarian Nights:

Desire and dream  for building a world in which  we are unchained from the life bonded to labour capital relations of the value form relation and production.  As the nineteenth-century workers sought out proletarian intellectuals, poets, and artists who, were able to articulate their longings. At night, these worker-intellectuals gathered to write journals, poems, music, letters, and to discuss issues. The worker diatribes they composed served the purpose of escape from their daily worker lives. (Jacques Rancière: Proletarian Nights: The Workers’ Dream in Nineteenth-Century France, 2012) In the same manner, the proletarian nights are an attempt to distance ourselves from the rectified life that is entirely dominated by the rhythms of labour on the one hand and on the other hand by all the apparatuses of consumption, or with the power of the media etc.  We seek to distance from general tendency of total subjugation of the proletarian class’ life through the dominant class ideology. Thus, we get involved in the emancipatory politics suggest that another and better  world  is possible and also the historical necessity. Most of us still need to spend many nights awake, to keep writing and dreaming, apart from the struggles and parxis in the streets, production/exchange/distribution points, forums, seminars, meetings … Hence, all proletarian nights meant that we spent long nights on the internet/computerized -digitized world to stimulate our own creatively desired dreams, i.e. to make a preliminary sketch for a future classless world order

“When the proletariat proclaims the dissolution of the previous world-order it does no more than reveal the secret of its own existence, for it represents the effective dissolution of that world-order.” (Karl Marx: Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right)

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