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Benjamin Busch

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Benjamin Busch was trained as an architect in the United States and Germany before completing graduate studies at the Weissensee School of Art. He co-directed the Berlin project space Staycation Museum from 2012 to 2015. Treating architecture as a symptom of abstract processes, Busch’s artwork and writing investigate complex fields of relations within the built environment. His master’s thesis “The User’s Right to the City” combines Lefebvre’s theories with Benjamin Bratton’s model of The Stack.

Architectures of Autogestion


Information, Automation, and Workers’ Self-management

Architectures of Autogestion


Information, Automation, and Workers’ Self-management
Radical technologies generate challenges and opportunities for the spatial practice of autogestion
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Autogestion, or workers’ self-management (Serbo-Croatian: radničko samoupravljanje), is a radical organizational form where workers collectively manage and own the means of production. More than self-organization, autogestion implies a fundamental transformation in the decision-making and ownership practices of a society.

The automation of manual and cognitive labor today challenges established notions of autogestion rooted in previous centuries’ productive paradigms. Decentralized technologies like cryptocurrencies and smart contracts could present opportunities for self-management, while centralized corporate platforms create new threats and dependencies.

Based on a methodology consisting of academic research, documentary practice, and curating, I intend to create an exhibition that brings together works of art and architecture with speculative applications of emerging technologies, all toward a renewal of the idea of autogestion.

Image: Lefebvre et al., New Belgrade, 1986

Architectures of Autogestion


Information, Automation, and Workers’ Self-management

Architectures of Autogestion


Information, Automation, and Workers’ Self-management
Radical technologies generate challenges and opportunities for the spatial practice of autogestion
File under

Autogestion, or workers’ self-management (Serbo-Croatian: radničko samoupravljanje), is a radical organizational form where workers collectively manage and own the means of production. More than self-organization, autogestion implies a fundamental transformation in the decision-making and ownership practices of a society.

The automation of manual and cognitive labor today challenges established notions of autogestion rooted in previous centuries’ productive paradigms. Decentralized technologies like cryptocurrencies and smart contracts could present opportunities for self-management, while centralized corporate platforms create new threats and dependencies.

Based on a methodology consisting of academic research, documentary practice, and curating, I intend to create an exhibition that brings together works of art and architecture with speculative applications of emerging technologies, all toward a renewal of the idea of autogestion.

Image: Lefebvre et al., New Belgrade, 1986


Idea by

Benjamin Busch
Benjamin Busch was trained as an architect in the United States and Germany before completing graduate studies at the Weissensee School of Art. He co-directed the Berlin project space Staycation Museum from 2012 to 2015. Treating architecture as a symptom of abstract processes, Busch’s artwork and writing investigate complex fields of relations within the built environment. His master’s thesis “The User’s Right to the City” combines Lefebvre’s theories with Benjamin Bratton’s model of The Stack.