Talk with Sea Watch - Chris Gorodtzki & Morana Miljanović

Online Talk with Chris Gorodtzki & Morana Miljanović.

Since 2015 Sea-Watch has been patrolling the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, rescuing persons in distress whom capitalist policy makers prefer dead to reaching the coasts of Europe. The organization’s current ship, Sea-Watch 3, has a crew of 22, changing every 3 weeks almost entirely. The talk examines Sea-Watch's role in and resistance to an ever-changing, murderous state of exception, imposed by European states onto people attempting to cross their fluid southern borders undocumentedly. In conversation with Pirate Care Chris Gorodtzki & Morana Miljanović will look specifically into social structures and dynamics that have emerged among the crew of the ship over time, radiating from care for the ship, care for the rescuees, and care for each other: “Our analysis takes on the concept of pirate care to focus on care that goes beyond and against what a crew of a non-pirate ship would practice. Based on interviews with several activists who have participated in many missions over the last 5 years, as well as own experience as crew members, we seek to trace patterns of care-full behaviors, both transient and codified, and we look at them as functional (enabling successful rescues) as well as symbolic (being the world one wants to see rescuees find on the safe side) behaviors that create an alternative to what state institutions allow.”

Sea-Watch e.V. is a non-profit organization that conducts civil search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. In the presence of a perpetual humanitarian crisis, Sea-Watch provides direly needed emergency relief capacities, pushes for rescue operations by European institutions and publicly stands up for safe and legal escape routes and an open European society with solidarity at its core. Sea-Watch is politically and religiously independent and are financed solely through donations.


Free Admission; All sessions will be held in English and conducted via Zoom – you will receive an invitation link after your registration. Please note that sessions might be (partially) recorded and published. We will provide you with more details soon.
Registration and further information: [email protected]

The workshop is part of a series of online talks and workshops with practitioners of Pirate Care within the exhibition “…of bread, wine, cars, security and peace”.
Pirate Care is mapping collective practices that are emerging in response to the various aspects of the neoliberal crisis of care, ranging from the criminalisation of migration to the rollback of reproductive rights or the introduction of workfare regimes. In a series of online talks and workshops practitioners of Pirate Care will share their insights and knowledge about strategies to collectivise care labour in imaginative ways.

Further dates:
22/5 2020, 5pm-7:30pm (with break) | Cassie Thornton: A Workshop on “Hologram”

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