[artinfo] A discussion with Franco Berardi aka Bifo

ari ari at kein.org
Thu Feb 26 14:03:10 CET 2009

Communism is back and we should call it singularity

A discussion with Franco Berardi aka Bifo
Friday 27th February @ The Octagon, Queen Mary, University of London - E1 4NS


The event marks the centenary since the publication of the Manifesto of
Futurism and the first and long awaited  publication of Bifo's work in
English: Félix Guattari. Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography
(London: Palgrave, 2008), and Precarious Rhapsody. Semio-capitalism and the
Pathologies of the Post-Alpha Generation (London: Autonomedia,
forthcoming).  The discussion will be followed by a social evening at the
Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX.
Everyone is welcome.

"One hundred years ago Marinetti published the Manifesto of Futurism. It
inaugurated a century that believed in the future - initiating a process
where the collective organism became machine-like. This becoming-machine
has reached its finale with the concatenations of the global web and is now
being overturned by the collapse of a financial system founded on the
futurisation of the economy, debt and economic promise. That promise is
over. The era of post-future has begun." From the Manifesto of

"Gilles Deleuze was welcomed into the reception room of university
respectability, while Félix Guattari was left out. He was not an academic
and he mixed with the wrong crowd. Guattari without Deleuze built a
philosophical style out of his psychiatric practice, his work as a
political militant, and his training in biology and pharmacology. To the
rhizomatic machine Guattari brought the concrete micro-material of his
inquiry, the molecular method of 'cut-up', montage, decomposition and
recomposition, and combinatory creation. The crystalline acuity of the
Deleuzian philosophical razor combined with the Guattarian material swarm
of bio-informational principles form the rhizomatic machine." From Félix
Guattari. Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography.

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