“The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.” – Karl Marx

Taking these words to heart, NYU Skirball will present a pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth, two-week commemoration of the great philosopher’s 200th birthday. Admission to all performances is free: however, audiences will receive an invoice detailing the cost of every element of the production (supply). They are then free to determine the worth of the production and donate accordingly (demand) thus enabling the artists to “earn money in order to live and write.”

Karl Marx (1818–83), revolutionary economist, philosopher and author of The Communist Manifesto, was one of the most influential figures of all time. Curated by Jay Wegman and inspired by Marxist writings on the perils of capitalism, class struggle and socialism, the festival features works that represent aspects of Marx’s theories: P Project (the effects of capitalism); Brujx (the oppression of the proletariat) and Non-Western (economics). Special events include panels, talks by international philosophers and the premiere of Choral Marx, a choral adaptation of Marx’s Manifesto.

EVENTS:

Oct 17 @ 7:30PM

Ivo Dimchev: P Project

P Project tests Marx’s theories on capitalism by offering audiences cold, hard cash in exchange for a performance. Ivo Dimchev is a Bulgarian performing artist, known internationally for his provocative and often controversial works of performance art.

Oct 18 @ 6PM

On Your Marx: Racial Capitalism

Join NYU Professors Arun Kundnani, Michael Ralph, and Nikhil Singh for a discussion of racial capitalism.

Tamiment Library (NYU Bobst, 70 Washington Square South, 10th floor).

Oct 19-20 @ 7:30PM

luciana achugar: Brujx

Brujx, a world premiere, ritualizes the labor of the dancers, exposing and transcending it to unearth the powerful and primal magic brujx within them. As in all of luciana achugar’s work, it proposes DANCE as the necessary transformational healing for our time.

Oct 19 @ 9:30PM

Let Us Eat Cake!: A Marxist Dance Party

This birthday party will feature DJ AndrewAndrew spinning the finest Marxist tracks, plus readings from the masterworks Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto.

Oct 22 @ 6:30PM

Skirball Talks: Slavoj Žižek

The NYU Department of German and Deutsches Haus at NYU present “The Fate of the Commons: A Trotskyite View” with Slavoj Žižek as part of NYU Skirball’s “On Your Marx” festival in celebration of Karl Marx’s 200th birthday.

Oct 23 @ 5:30PM

On Your Marx: Futurity & Consumption

Join NYU Professors Lisa DailyDean Saranillio, and Jerome Whitington for a discussion of climate change and global capitalism.

Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor).

Oct 24 @ 4PM

Labor & Disability: No Right to be Idle

Join us for a book talk and celebration of No Right to Be Idle (2017) with author Sarah Rose (UTexas, Arlington), winner of the 2018 Philip Taft Labor History Prize.

239 Greene St., 8th Floor Commons. RSVP: emily.rogers [at] nyu.edu

Oct 25 @ 5:30PM

On Your Marx: Labor, Aesthetics, Identity

Join luciana achugar, Julie Tolentino, and Amin Husain for a conversation on labor, aesthetics, and identity.

Department of Performance Studies (721 Broadway, 6th Floor).

Oct 26 @ 7:30PM

Courtesy the Artists: Popular Revolt

How would you act in a Social Democracy? As we free fall into fascism, let’s imagine alternative moves. In this collectively produced performance, the assembled performers take socialism as a “fake it ’til you make it” proposition.

Oct 28 @ 5PM

Ethan Philbrick: Choral Marx

Choral Marx is a singing adaptation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s Manifesto for the Communist Party composed by Ethan Philbrick. Choral Marx re-sounds Marx and Engels’s 1848 critique of capitalism in 2018 and explores the resonance of the Manifesto today.

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Wed, Oct 17 @ 7:30pm

Thu, Oct 18 @ 6:00pm

Fri, Oct 19 @ 7:30pm

Fri, Oct 19 @ 9:30pm

Sat, Oct 20 @ 7:30pm

Mon, Oct 22 @ 6:30pm

Tue, Oct 23 @ 5:30pm

Wed, Oct 24 @ 4:00pm

Thu, Oct 25 @ 5:30pm

Fri, Oct 26 @ 7:30pm

Sun, Oct 28 @ 5:00pm

Go Beyond

Alisa Zhulina

The concept is simple in premise and provocative in practice.

PrepSchool: P Project

Learn more about Ivo Dimchev’s work with interviews, videos, and more.

Laura Juliana Torres-Rodríguez

What does it mean to stop working-dancing (for capitalism)?

Choral Marx: Manifesto for the Communist Party in Eight Movements

Barbara Browning

It’s an ongoing study in how to labor, and learn, together.

Courtesy the Artists: Popular Revolt

Fred Moten

My Barbarian would have been outside. Their invading socialist society is already here.

Discuss

  • rob welte

    Where will the #holodomor survivors be sharing their stories? Make Communist genocide cool again!

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Should there not be consequences for celebrating one of America’s enemies?

    Oh, right – the Administration are also America’s enemies. . .

    • America’s protectors are her worst enemies, by default.
      Treason is defined in the Constitution at Article 3, Section 3, as consisting “only in levying War against (the United States), or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
      All members of the American military take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; (and to) bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
      When the military is committed to foreign actions without a declaration of war by Congress, as required by Article 1, Section 8, Paragraph 11 of the Constitution, that is a violation of the Constitution, arguably the action of domestic enemies.
      When a member of the military participates in an unconstitutional foreign military deployment, s/he violates both the Constitution and his/her oath to “support and defend” it, giving “aid and comfort” to it’s “domestic enemies,” committing treason by the definition given by the Constitution.

      • mka

        Go rub your beads pal. You are way off base.

  • bereasonableplz

    I’m not understanding how the celebration of the father of an ideology which murdered 100 million is a good idea. I hope the people attending this blood festival will be monitored

  • mka

    What is being taught in the “higher education” academies is the proof that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    The proof is these little zombies , that have been taught to embelish a political manifesto of starvation,blood and violence. This is the same system ‘marxism;that makes all teachers and “professors” go out into the labor field for
    re-education when it takes over a country. This latter part is the only one I endorse completely.

    • Lord Acton would be a good starting point, but unlikely to make any sense standing alone.