lídia pereira is:

a) a total bore

b) bored

an indepent designer, artist and researcher based in Rotterdam, NL. current interests revolve around the political organisation of labour in corporate social networking platforms and working class identity within networked economies, presenting a focus on the power structures governing online and offline behaviour.
contact: lidia.pmr@gmail.com // CV

I am Lídia Pereira, an indepent designer, artist and researcher based in Rotterdam, NL. My current interests revolve around the political organisation of labour in corporate social networking platforms and working class identity within networked economies, presenting a focus on the power structures governing online and offline behaviour.
contact: lidia.pmr@gmail.com // CV

Immaterial Labour Union

2015

Website: ilu.servus.at

The Immaterial Labour Union is an ongoing project which inquires about the possibilities for politically organising corporate social networking labour.

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The Immaterial Labor Union aims, in the short-term, to readdress abuses concerning the unfair working conditions perpetrated in corporate social networking platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc, and in a long-term to conceive and shape alternative social networking solutions.

Such a workers' movement should not exhaust itself in alleviating current working conditions, but at the same time as it considers this an important step for campaigning and raising awareness, advocates and opens up the space for commons-based alternatives.

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I therefore conceive of unionism as revolutionary praxis, which falls under what Vincent Mosco and Katherine McKercher call Social Movement Unionism; globalisation and the international division of labour make it imperative for unions to drop bureaucratic management and return to grassroots activism, promoting cooperation between unions, local communities and other social movements in the struggle against capital; this is especially urgent within the context of knowledge and information economy (Mosco and McKercher 2008).

As a strategy to tackle the different challenges involved within this practice, I conceive of smaller projects in an attempt to mobilise and organise demands, campaigns and actions. The first step was the creation of a zine which offers a low-barrier entry level for contributors to express their views on social media labour, but also a low-barrier entry level for those wishing to become acquainted with these debates. It tries to gather existing knowledge and debates, but also to open up that debate and create new discourses of user organisation and expression.

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It brings together personal rants, academic texts, poetry, photo montages, collages, drawing, etc. Each issue represents a smaller particle of labour on social networking platforms and attempts to establish a comparison between said particle and traditional workspace artifacts (e.g.: terms of service as an employment contract).