In Route with the Commons.
Memory and Archive of a possible constellation (2017-18-19)
“In Route with the Commons” is a bilingual book free for anyone to use, but not free for those who produce it. It can be downloaded online where it’s located, or a paper model can be requested through the La Vorágine publishing house (Santander), covering the cost of printing and shipping.
The book does confirm the possibility of a practice of production of knowledge not for economic profit and unmediated by the cultural market institution. It responds to a solidarity-based relationship between the protagonists of a story, the investigator in charge of the process of investigating and producing the contents, a volunteer work group –– Emmanuel Gimeno Lodosa responsible for design and graphics, Javier Entrambasaguas, responsible for the final editing of the volume, the whole team of translators and transcribers who have collaborated on each one of the pieces –– and a publishing house –– La Vorágine –– with interests beyond capitalist gain.
This book is a guide and a road map corresponding to three years, 2017, 2018, and 2018, behind which lies time spent travelling and doing interviews throughout different cities in the Spanish state. I wanted to offer the raw materials of my entire process of investigation so that it can be used as a tool or reference in the field of social activism, as a textbook in classrooms, or as a consulting manual in investigation processes. The book in its bilingual version has been catalogued within the network of libraries –– which has also meant producing a practice of cataloguing for self-managed materials; from this, I’ve left a record in an open protocol in CC.
The collection of the 45 conversations transcribed allows us to pass through the culture of the commons, with its anticapitalist orientation and aspiration, accompanied by people who belong to these kinds of communities. Their testimonies can be found in audiovisual form in the bilingual digital archive “The Constellation of the Commons / La Constelación de los Comunes.” You can access the digital tool with this link; all the content here, like this guide, is offered under the Creative Commons: http://constellation.carletonds.com/
The results of this whole research process will appear shortly with the same publisher in a book tentatively titled De sentido común, (On Common Sense).
Movement happens when walking