In this workshop, filmmaker Alex Rivera will be joined by a panel including Jason Adams, Carlos Amador, Eileen Apeiros, Jairus Victor Grove, Jason Read, Sergio Rueda, and Louis-George Schwartz, to discuss the significance of his film "Sleep Dealer" (2008) in relation to to the concepts of parapolitics and real subsumption.
Following is a brief description of the film, from an essay by Schwartz:
"Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer (2008) develops the affective signs of the hostis while mapping full subsumption from the perspective of the surplus populations it generates due to high organic composition of capital. Full subsumption separates the proletariat from itself as flows of people increasingly swerve away from flows of money for which they compete. In Rivera’s film, Memo leaves his native Oaxacan farming village, which is been desiccated by a damn that privatized its water source. He goes to find work in a maquiadora in a border city, where the laborers remotely operate construction robots in the US. Sleep Dealer develops the Rift while mapping full subsumption from the perspective of the surplus populations generated by the contemporary economy. Full subsumption means a high degree of automation, which means fewer waged worker and larger relative surplus populations. In addition to marginal profit from exchange, capital relies on dispossession as form of accumulation. The current hedge-fund driven land grab in Africa illustrates the point. It is there that populations are driven off land that will be farmed mechanically, but they will never be absorbed into the economy, because industry has also been mechanized. Paradoxically, full subsumption means that as capital integrates labor more completely, separations within the proletariat intensify as capital swerves its monetary flows away from people"
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