[artinfo] Book launch: The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism

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Tue Nov 18 15:58:32 CET 2014

The Psychopathologies of
Cognitive Capitalism: Part Two. Edited by Warren Neidich.

We are currently transitioning from an economic 
system dominated by artisanal and industrial 
production to one ruled by information with its 
emphasis on communication, affect and cognition. 
Not without controversy, the term cognitive 
capitalism has been coined to describe these new 
sets of conditions. The Psychopathologies of 
Cognitive Capitalism: Part Two continues to 
investigate, quite intensely, such topics as 
abstract and immaterial labor, informational 
capital, real and formal subsumption and the 
social production of surplus value. This volume 
will begin to give new meaning to the word 
cognitive, understanding its materialist 
connotations set in an extended field in which 
world, brain and mind form an interconnected 
complex assemblage. Furthermore it employs a 
developmental point of view utilizing such terms 
as neural plasticity and epigenesis, in order to 
understand how cognitive capitalism first 
establishes dominion over distributions of 
sensibility and insensibility and then acting as 
a neuro-modulating force directs the building of 
the brains neural network architectures which has 
implications for the freedom of thought and 
contemplation. In the end this book questions 
whether 19th century concepts, forms of 
collectivity and calls to action are up to the 
task of mounting a formidable challenge to these 
new normalizing and subsuming apparatuses. Its 
aim is to formulate a new glossary of terms upon 
which to build a cognitive activism and dissensus 
to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Warren Neidich (Ed)
The Psychopathologies of
Cognitive Capitalism: Part Two
Archive Books 2014

Essays by Ina Blom, Arne De Boever, Pascal Gielen,
Sanford Kwinter, Maurizio Lazzarato, Karl Lydén,
Yann Moulier Boutang, Warren Neidich, Matteo 
Pasquinelli, Alexei Penzin, Patricia Reed, John 
Liss C. Werner, Charles T. Wolfe

18. Nov. 2014 - 20.30 

Pro qm
Dieffenbachstraße 31
10967 Berlin

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