Le banquet des précariats is a response to growing concerns about precarity and precariousness, issues that impact foundational social concepts of what “the future” means. Precarity has materialized as a significant issue in academic disciplines over the past twenty years, partly, as Sharryn Kasmir argues, “in response to political mobilizations against unemployment and social exclusion” . The proliferation of unstable, informal, interim, or provisional work has left us with a class described in economics and sociology as “the precariat”, a portmanteau of precarious and proletariat. Le banquet des précariats invites guests to consider, through dialogue and eating together, how social and economic precarity impact the manner in which we assemble our “presence” and envision our futures.
Bâtiment 7 is an industrial heritage building located in the formerly working class neighbourhood of Montreal. A fragment of popular history in Point St. Charles, the site is being repurposed into an accessible alternative meeting place by and for the communities of the “Point.” The mission of the site is to self-manage a collective property firmly rooted in its neighborhood's history, to create a hub of services, as well as artistic, cultural, social and political activities that respond to the needs and desires expressed by the local population. With a strong and affirmed bias in favour of marginalized and impoverished populations, Bâtiment 7 wishes to create an ecosystem based on experimentation and learning, in order to promote self-reliance, interdependence, complementarity and resource-sharing, with a horizontal and inclusive democratic mode of management. A central goal is to demonstrate solidarity towards other social justice efforts and to actively engage in the collective reappropriation of our neighborhoods, our cities and our sense of togetherness.
Text and project conceived by: Alex Tigchelaar and the IUF team
Curatorial and Design Team: atom cianfarani, Sadie Gilker, Shauna Janssen, Sylvain Lavoie, and Alex Tigchelaar
Le banquet des précariats is produced by the Institute for Urban Futures, Concordia University, and in partnership with Bâtiment 7.
[1.] Kasmir, S. (2018). “Precarity.” In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology (eds) F. Stein, S. Lazar, M. Candea, H. Diemberger, J. Robbins, A. Sanchez & R. Stasch.