How do we collaborate to overcome boundaries? How do our means of production become part of the commons? And what do we create with them? In the miniature factory Minipogon, in the heart of Vienna’s Favoriten district, not only plastic is recycled, but also an alternative to capitalism is put to the test.
A miniature factory right at Viktor Adler market. What is going to be produced here? The answer: New beautiful objects from discarded plastic and stories that come up during their production, about work and economy, materials and waste. The factory idea was born in Belgrade, where Minipogon installed self-built plastic recycling machines in a refugee shelter. Firstly, something tangible will be produced and, secondly, the time spent while collecting, shredding, melting, moulding, and utilising the plastic objects will be used to talk about money, the division of labour, individual and shared economics – and about life itself.
You too can join the Minipogon project! As part of WIENWOCHE, the group will set up a factory in Favoriten. In a collaborative kick-off event, all those present will be negotiating what the following working days should look like: what will be produced, how will we work, who will be in charge of machine maintenance, and who will provide the supplies? However, no discussion about flexible working hours will be held: the 6-hour workday applies to the Minipogon! At noon, there are canteen talks with invited guests about a range of topics, such as plastic as a material, "open sourced" means of production, organisation in the workplace, as well as social added value. Now it is time to collect plastic! And if enough plastic workers arrive at Viktor Adler market, there may soon be the first Favoriten Minipogon works council elections ...
In the framework of WIENWOCHE 2018 Minipogon will be put into operation here:
Stand 129, Viktor-Adler-Markt 129, 1100 Wien (Facebook)
Languages: People of all languages welcome! Interlanguage: English. For non-English-speaking persons interpreters (German-English) will be provided.
Events will be open to all interested individuals who would like to catch a glimpse of the working process. Those who would like to become involved more fully in the different aspects and phases of plastic-recycling technology as well as work organisation in order to acquire related knowledge and skills, please sign up via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org until 14 September 2018 at the latest and attend our introductory event 15 September 2018 at Stand 129 (Viktor-Adler-Markt).
Photo: (C) Minipogon
demonstration of the machines (shredder, compressor and extruder-injector) + introduction of the topics and people + joint planning of 5 days of working process, assigning tasks and responsibilities + during all working days production process is jointly performed through simultaneous tasks, while we use breaks to discuss proposed day topics with various invited guests ...
MATERIAL / environment, recycling, plastic residue
MACHINES / technology, open hardware, means of production
WORK / organizing work and work collectives, cooperatives
ECONOMY / economic subsistence versus equality in capitalism
VALUE / how to value both our work and what is being produced ...
All outcomes of the work process are displayed and shared.
We celebrate the end of the working week.