Celebrating 110 years of Public Services International
110 years after PSI’s very first Congress, workers from across the world will gather in Geneva, from Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 2017, to reject the privatization of our lives, to unveil the un-truths of corporate ideology and the chaos of market failure, to construct alternatives based on the power of organized labour, and to fight for our firm belief: People Over Profit!
Keeping with PSI’s tradition of paying homage to the Congress host country, we had the challenge to find something peculiar about Switzerland which could also highlight such an historical achievement: our 110th anniversary and 30th Congress.
And so we will bring together two thematic elements which are contemporary to PSI: Dadaism, a Swiss-based art movement which just celebrated its centennial; and Constructivism, an artistic political praxis intrinsically linked to the first workers’ revolution – also celebrating 100 years – which praises art as a tool for social change.
Dada, as a movement, began in Zürich in 1916 as a reaction to the horrors World War I. Its proponents rejected the “reason”, “logic” and “rationale” of bourgeois capitalist society which had led to the of senseless deaths of millions of people on the battlefield. The dadaists opted for expressions of nonsense, irony, chaos, iconoclasm and absurdity as a way of expressing their opposition. Making use of collage, sound poetry, and cut-up writing, the dadaists vigorously opposed the accepted norms and orthodoxies of their time.
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