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!

The Theme
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.

 

IN 1916, A GROUP OF ARTISTS, MISFITS, POLITICAL EXILES AND REVOLUTIONARIES GATHERED IN SWITZERLAND TO CREATE THE DADA MOVEMENT. FOR THE DADAISTS, THE LANGUAGE AND IMAGERY OF THE ESTABLISHED POLITICAL ORDER AND RULING CLASSES WAS, QUITE SIMPLY, COMPLETE NONSENSE.

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.

 

THE FACT IS THAT A CENTURY LATER, IN AN AGE WHERE ADVERTISING RELENTLESSLY BOMBARDS THE EYE WITH IMPOSSIBLE IMAGES, IN AN AGE WHERE PETULANT POLITICIANS SHOUT NON-TRUTHS AND NONSENSE, IN AN AGE WHERE LONG-DEAD ECONOMIC IDEAS ARE WHEELED OUT AND WORSHIPED… IN OUR AGE DADA’S REJECTION OF ORTHODOXY REMAINS MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER.
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