THE FOUNDRY
OF THE TRANSPARENT ENTITY

The Transparent Entity is more than an exhibition, an installation, or a contemporary art piece. As an allegory of labour and the contemporary conditions of production, The Transparent Entity is, at the same time, a place for exhibition reception, a place for reflection, a space for meeting and work, and a tool for critically engaging the evolution of the social definition of work.

On these conceptual premises, The Foundry is a complementary are, installed next to The Transparent Entity. Initially defined as the C.A.S.I.T.A. workspace during the initial development of the project in one of the halls of Matadero Madrid, and later an open workspace for invited artists, it is finally open as a work area for the public.

It contains The Decalogue, The Library, The Media archive, as well as other resources used by the project and provided to the public.

The function of The Foundry is that of integrating, unifying, and discursively linking the different elements of the project (in this case, the documentation effort, the design of the library and the working area, as well as the didactic and performative dimension of The Transparent Entity).

According to the Post-Fordist conditions of production relations, no distinction is made in the Foundry between consulting, archiving, or being part of the working team. No distinction is made between consumption, communication, social relations and production. Both the work process and the programmed events, as well as the public and participation are oriented towards the production of value: discursive, symbolic value... It is, simultaneously, a place for work and the result of work.

The first installation of The Foundry took place in one of the halls of Matadero Madrid between April and May 2007. The public had access to the Library and the Media Archive. The C.A.S.I.T.A. collective had a number of working meetings with cultural collectives and producers in order to generate a network of study on labour, every Saturday evening during those two months.

After June 2007, and once the set-up of The Transparent Entity was complete in one of the Matadero's industrial naves, the Foundry was moved next to it, as an appendix and a complement.

THE MEDIA ARCHIVE
The Media Archive is the Library's audiovisual complement. It extends the map of theorical references of the "Earning a Living" project, and presents a series of references from the history of cinema and audiovisual art which have touched upon, since the beginning, the complex problem of production relations and trade union struggle.
The organisation of the Media Archive attempts to emphasise this aspect in the way it is organised: the titles are grouped around a number of dates considered by us as key moments in the historical transformations of the past century: 1918, 1945, 1968, 1977, 1989, 1999, 2001, and 2006.

REFERENCES IN THE MEDIA ARCHIVE OF THE TRANSPARENT ENTITY

1918

DÍA DE PAGA Charles Chaplin
EL ACORAZADO POTEMKIN Sergei M. Eisenstein
GERMINAL Claude Berriu
HACIA NUEVOS HORIZONTES General Motor
HAPPINESS / SCHASTYE Alexander Medvedkin
HOMBRES DE ARÁN Robert Flaherty
LA CABAÑA DEL TÍO TOM Edwin S. Porter
LA HUELGA Sergei M. Eisenstein
LA SAL DE LA TIERRA Herbert Biberman
LA SALIDA DE LA FÁBRICA Lumiére & Lumiére
LO VIEJO Y LO NUEVO Sergei M. Eisenstein
METRÓPOLIS Fritz Lang
OC TUBRE Sergei M. Eisenstein
QUÉ VERDE ERA MI VALLE Jonh Ford
TIEMPOS MODERNOS Charles Chaplin

1945

ARROZ AMARGO Giuseppe de Santis
EL APARTAMENTO Willy Wilder
LOS SANTOS INOCENTES Mario Camus
NOVECENTO I Bernardo Bertolucci
NOVECENTO II Bernardo Bertolucci
SACCO Y VANZ ETTI Giuliano Montaldo

1968

LAS VACACIONES DE M. HULOT Jacques Tati
PAJARITOS, PAJARRACOS Pier Paolo Pasolini
TEOREMA Pier Paolo Pasolini
TODO VA BIEN Godard & Gorin
WEEK-END Jean Luc Godard

1977

JEAN DIELMAN Chantal Akerman
LA CLASE OBRERA VA AL PARAISO Elio Petri
LA FIACA Fernando Ayala
LA LEY DEL MÁS FUERTE Rainer W. Fassbinder
LAS AMARGAS LÁGRIMAS DE PETRA VON KANT R.W. Fassbindeer
NETWORK Sydney Lumet
NUMAS PRESENTA… Joaquin Jordá
LAVORARE CON LENTEZZA: RADIO ALICE 100.6 Mhz Wu Ming

1989

1984 Michael Radford
BRASIL Terry Giliam
DE TODO CORAZÓN Robert Guédiguian
LA CHICA DE LA FÁBRICA DE CERILLAS Aki Kaurismäki
MARIUS Y JEANNETTE Robert Guédiguian
RIFF-RAFF Ken Loach

1999

LOS LUNES AL SOL Fernando León de Aranoa
RECURSOS HUMANOS Laurent Cantet
ROSETTA Dardenne & Dardenne
PAN Y ROSAS Ken Loach
NUBES PASAJERAS Aki Kaurismäki
LA CAMIONETA Stephen Frears

2001

IN THIS WORLD Michael Winterbotton
LAS NARRATIVAS DEL TRABAJO El sueño colectivo
LOS ESPIGADORES Y LA ESPIGADORA Agnés Varda
MUNDO GRUA Pablo Trapero
NO LOGO Naomi Klein
NUNCA ES UNA PROMESA Leónidas Martín
POR LOS CIRCUITOS DE LA PRECARIEDAD FEMENINA Precarias a la deriva
SMOKING ROOM Wallowits & Gual
WORKINGMAN´S DEATH Michael Glawoggger

2006

20 AÑOS NO ES NADA Joaquin Jordá
ARCADIA Costas Gavras
EL JEFE DE TODO ESTO Lars Von Trier
LA DIGNIDAD DE LOS NADIES Fernando Solanas
LA TOMA Lewis & Lewis
SURPLUS. ATERRORIZADOS PARA SER CONSUMIDORES Erik Baldini
THE CORPORATION Acubar & Abbot
THE YESMEN Ollman & Price







THE LIBRARY
The Library is constituted by both a selection of books pertaining to the subject matter, as well as a set of references and links to other contents and audiovisual documentation. The intention of the Library is that the relationship to the available content be a dynamic one, conditioned by the operation and transformation of the Foundry itself. Finally, to guarantee that even in that initial stage of development, the working process be available to the public, although in terms of consultation only. It is not the case of a normal library - all the available content is organised according to the logic of our conceptual Decalogue, emphasising certain parts and references in the texts and materials according to a specific mapping-out system we devised.



THE LIBRARY OF THE TRANSPARENT ENTITY

1 spaces of production

El capital  Karl Marx
El derecho a la pereza Pablo Lafarge
Contrageografías de la globalización. Género y ciudadanía en los circuitos transfronterizos Saskia Sassen
The Class of the New Richard Barbrook
Del mono blanco al cuello blanco. Transformación social y práctica artística en la era postindustrial A.A.V.V
Objects of Desire: Design and Society Since 1750 Adrian Forty

 

2 times of production

Plan sobre el planeta. Capitalismo mundial integrado y revoluciones moleculares
Felix Guattari
Cuando el verbo se hace carne. Lenguaje y naturaleza humana
Paolo Virno
Historia transnacional del trabajo Marcel van der Linden
Las culturas del trabajo A.A.V.V

 

3 the regime of work demans us to be flexible

La empresa total. Dispositivos totalizantes y recursos de supervivencia en las grandes empresas de distribución  Renato Curcio
Capitalismo cognitivo. Propiedad intelectual y creación colectiva A.A.V.V

 

4 we work when we consume, when we establish social relations, when we communicate

Lo queremos todo  Nanni Balestrini
Gramática de la multitud. Para un análisis de las formas de vida contemporáneas Paolo Virno
En gobierno imposible. Trabajo y fronteras en las metrópolis de la abundancia Emmanuel Rodríguez
Por una política menor. Acontecimiento y política en las sociedades de control  Maurizio Lazzarato

 

5 precariousness: our labour problems are our personal problems

Derecho de fuga. Migraciones, ciudadanía y globalización Sandro Mezzadra
Ser precarios adaptables y vulnerables Revista libre pensamiento nº 51
A la deriva por los circuitos de la precariedad femenina Precarias a la deriva

 

6 we should all be able to convene on where and when to work

Desbordes creativos. Estilos y estrategias para la transformación social
Tomás. R. Villasante
Virtuosismo y revolución. La acción política en la era del desencanto  Paolo Virno
Nociones comunes. Experiencias y ensayos entre investigación y militancia
A.A.V.V
Autogestión y anarcosindicalismo en la España Revolucionaria  Fank Mintz
Software libre para una sociedad libre Richard M. Stallman
68 Paco Ignacio Taibo

 

7 we will be realised when our affection ceases to be a commodity

Yo y tú, objetos de lujo. El personismo: la primera revolución cultural del siglo XXI  Vicente  Verdú
La corrosión del carácter  Richard Sennet
Micropolíticas. Cartografías del deseo  Felix Guattari y Suely Rolnik
La fábrica de la infelicidad. Nuevas formas de trabajo y movimiento global
Franco Berardi. Bifo
Otras inapropiables. Feminismo desde las fronteras
Bell Hooks, Avtar Brah, Chela Sandoval, Gloria Anzaldúa…
Producta AAVV

 

8 non-productive time

La teoría de la clase ociosa  Thorstein Veblen
Trabajo›no trabajo. Perspectivas, conflictos, posibilidades Revista contrapoder nº4-5
Non Odet  Sanchez Ferlosio

 

9 non-productive space

Textos completos de la Internacional situacionista. Vol 1, Vol 2 y Vol 3
Potlatch. Internacional letrista (1954-1959)