Occupy Film Night + Social


May 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

This month, in honour of Reclaim the Power’s climate action camp, we will be screening…

Just Do It, the acclaimed feature documentary from director Emily James, goes behind the scenes of the world of climate activism. This one-of-a-kind film charts the adventures of the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws.

Here’s a teaser…


Autonomous Tech Fetish – Open Session

May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Autonomous Tech Fetish’s open sessions are spaces for sharing, collaboration and co-education in relation to technology, politics and power. Feel free to drop in at any point – each month we will have a loose activity, but are very happy to adapt to whatever being bring and whatever they are interested in.

For the May open session, the focus will be: Skills and Knowledge Sharing. Come with something you’d like to learn, something you’d like to teach, or just show up! It doesn’t have to be related to computing, it could be dancing, craft, organising, anything you like. All forms of knowledge are welcomed and valued.

Kids are welcome! We try to make our activities accessible to all ages and abilities as far as we can, and are happy to provide alternative things to do if appropriate.

Common House is wheelchair accessible but unfortunately the toilet isn’t yet.

About us
Autonomous Tech Fetish probes how digital technology is fetishised and how it can be re-configured to different needs and desires. We work with activist groups to affirm their technological autonomy and are committed to co-education exploring the pitfalls and potentials of technologies without assumptions.

UVW’s protest kicked off at the Common House. A short video.

The cleaners at the Barbican Centre, who are members of the trade union United Voices of the World, recently submitted a collective demand for the London Living Wage and contractural sick pay. In response, MITIE sent in the head of Employee Relations and told the cleaners that if they participated in a protest they would be dismissed.

In defiance of such threats and attack on their human rights, the cleaners courageously called a protest on Saturday 25th April attended by over 60 people armed chants, flyers, flags, drums, megaphones, air horns and vuvuzelas. UVW members from sites such as the British Musuem, the LSE University, Prudential, Sotheby’s, M&S and Topshop were in attendance and fantastic solidarity was shown from representatives from SOAS University Unison branch and from Unite Hotel Workers Branch.

Here a short video of the protest, which kicked off at the Common House. It captures well the community spirit of the group. The common house is a home to many groups and makes organising possible.

Come and join the cleaners’ protest at the Barbican Centre, today Saturday 25th April at 5:30pm

The cleaners of the Barbican Centre are protesting today against MITIE’s disgusting threats to dismiss them if they protest. The cleaners are also demanding the London Living Wage of £9.15 per hour and proper contractual sick pay.

The cleaners at the Barbican Centre are members of the United Voices of the World (UVW) trade union which is a grassroots, member-led union with no paid officials and almost entirely comprised of low paid migrant workers in London’s service sector. After a hard fought for successful campaign for the London Living Wage (LLW) back in 2012/13 (which is the subject of a film called Waging a Living in London) the cleaners are still being paid the old rate of £8.80 per hour.

See more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1567902353462608/

Come along in solidarity. 4pm at the Common House to have a coffee with us and go together to the Barbican or meet us directly at 5.30pm at the Barbican.

Flyer BC front at 4pm at the Common House to have a coffee and go to the Barbican

Rock the Casbah April 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Oxford’s Balkan/Klesma themed night of music and fun -Rock the Casbah – is in town. London Town.

We’ll be putting on a party for friends of Common House.


Balkan and Klezmer tunes from Benny and the Cheesegrinder (https://soundcloud.com/bennyandthecheesegrinder)

Music from East London to East Jerusalem from the Rock the Casbah DJs and friends

Collecting donations for Common House.

Introduction to Libre Graphics (by autonomous tech fetish)

April 11 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Whether you are new to image editing software or want to make the transition to non-commercial tools, this session will give you what you need to get started.

Libre Graphics programs are free software tools built by and for communities of artists and designers. They can be used for designing leaflets and booklets, editing photos, image creation and much more besides. They include free to use, non-propriety alternatives to commonly used (but expensive!) software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

This hands-on workshop will give you a practical introduction to the basics of graphic design and some core Libre Graphics tools, such as GIMP (image editing), Scribus (desktop publishing) and Inkscape (vector graphics). All levels welcome.

Please bring along your laptop (if you have one) so you can install the software. There are also desktop computers in the space if you need them. The venue is wheelchair accessible but the toilet isn’t (yet!)
Kids are welcome!

Autonomous Tech Fetish probes how digital technology is fetishised and how it can be re-configured to different needs and desires. We work with activist groups to affirm their technological autonomy and are committed to co-education exploring the pitfalls and potentials of technologies without assumptions.

Film screening with discussion: Chilean Director Cecilia Barriga presents her new documentary Tres Instantes Un Grito

An informal evening of film and discussion, hosted by the Radical Education Forum.


RadEd Filmclub is excited to host Cecilia Barriga, who will screen her film Tres Instantes Un Grito -Three moments one Shout – [Spanish and English].

6pm: Food & refreshments available, by donation, PIZZA limited availability – arrive early. Informal discussion & director’s introduction of the film.
7pm: FILM starts

Cecilia’s Synopsis

A descriptive, spontaneous trip following the course of three moments of indignation. In Madrid, “Taking Over The Square” in La Puerta de Sol, with the shouts of “No, they don’t, they don’t represent us, No!. I n New York “Occupy Wall Street”, with the chant, “We are the 99%”, and in Santiago de Chile, “Taking Over The Schools”, the students, after occupying the schools for over seven months, give them back to the authorities, shouting, “Chilean Education must not be sold, but defended”.

A documentary born out of a fascination for the spontaneous global movements of angry citizens, that unite together with the desire and the strength of a single shout against Capitalism:

“We are going to change the system!”

Click through to read the dossier as pdf in English  o Espanol


8.30pm: Director’s Q & A/ discussion of the film & issues arising. We’re excited to talk about the occupation of schools in Chile, which lasted 7 months – what made it possible for there to be such a strength of movement – and what can we learn from it?


This event is FREE. We are able to do this thanks to the generosity of The Common House and Cecilia Barriga, but will ask for donations for food, film-maker and venue.


WHO is organising this?
The *Radical Education Forum* is a group of people working in a wide range of educational settings who meet monthly to discuss radical pedagogical theories and techniques, and contemporary issues of interest to those involved in education. We are interested in how these theories and questions can inform our practice. The Forum supports social justice in education, linking practitioners within mainstream educational institutions, community education initiatives, social movements, arts organisations and self-organised groups.

Meetings are held on the last Monday of every month at the Common House from 7.15-9.15pm and are open to all. The Common House, Unit 5E Pundersons Gardens, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QG, http://commonhouse.org.uk/


RadEd Reading Group in March: “Hannah Arendt & the Pedagogy of Politics”, 23/3/15

Monday, 23rd March, 7.15-9.15 PM

“The rule by nobody is not necessarily no-rule; it may indeed … even turn out to be one of its cruelest and most tyrannical versions.” – Hannah Arendt

This month’s reading group is not only a follow-up to our conversations about the state’s new counter terrorism strategies and the expectations placed on teachers to cooperate with law enforcement, but also an introduction to the life and work of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). Arendt was an unparalleled political thinker who wrote extensively about bureaucracy, administrative rule, and the wholly statistical outlook of modern society.

Arendt’s thought is not only helpful for understanding the banality through which power operates, but also lends itself to numerous radical ideas about education.

I have selected two excerpts that define numerous key concepts from her work. While you are reading, try to keep these terms in mind and make note of them in the text:

* the political

* the social

* the private & the public

The main question for our reading group will be:

How does *difference* (or diversity) constitute the political?

I have purposefully kept the readings short because I wanted to make sure that everyone would have an opportunity to read them. If anyone does not have enough time before our meeting, please have a quick look over the first text (“Introduction into Politics”) as it is less than four pages!

Readings here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vbzizb5csf8q0gi/radicaled_arendt.pdf?dl=0

Arendt, Hannah. “Introduction into Politics.” The Promise of Politics. New York: Schocken, 2005.

Arendt, Hannah. “The Rise of the Social.” The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1958.

Autonomous Tech Fetish – fundraiser party

atf party flyerThis is ATF’s first fundraiser party at the Common House. Come, enjoy music, drinks, and celebrate the fight against data surveillance and for autonomous technical futures. Bring your electrical fetishes, your technical turn-ons and your most machine-like dance moves. Proceeds go towards supporting the Common House’s rent and ATF’s co-educational workshops.

Autonomous Tech Fetish probes how digital technology is fetishised and how it can be reconfigured to different needs and desires. We work with activist groups to affirm their technological autonomy and are committed to co-education exploring the pitfalls and potentials of technologies without assumptions.

Buy tickets in advance:
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Low waged £3: https://dashboard.gocardless.com/api/template_plans/0TVE8ZQ0AT/paylink

Venue is wheelchair accessible, but the toilet isn’t (yet). Nearest tube is Bethnal Green.

PLUS: We will be having a machine fetish making workshop in the afternoon before. Come along, 2pm-5pm. Details here.