And

Phenomenology of the End

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Franco Berardi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781584351702

Category:

Page: 336

View: 2220

Franco "Bifo" Berardi's newest book analyzes the contemporary changes taking place in our aesthetic and emotional sensibility -- changes the author claims are the result of semio-capitalism's capturing of the inner resources of the subjective process: our experience of time, our sensibility, the way we relate to each other, and our ability to imagine a future. Precarization and fractalization of labor have provoked a deep mutation in the psychosphere, and this can be seen in the rise of psychopathologies such as post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, panic, and attention deficit disorder. Sketching out an aesthetic genealogy of capitalist globalization, Berardi shows how we have arrived at a point of such complexity in the semiotic flows of capital that we can no longer process its excessive currents of information. A swarm effect now rules: it has become impossible to say "no." Social behavior is trapped in inescapable patterns of interaction coded by techno-linguistic machines, smartphones, screens of every size, and all of these sensory and emotional devices end up destroying our organism's sensibility by submitting it to the stress of competition and acceleration. Arguing for disentanglement rather than resistance, Berardi concludes by evoking the myth of La Malinche, the daughter of a noble Aztec family. It is a tale of a translator and traitor who betrayed her own people, yet what the myth portends is the rebirth of the world from the collapse of the old.

Futurability

The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Francesco Berardi

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784787469

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 3143

A comprehensive philosophy of contemporary life and politics, by one of the sharpest critics of the present We live in an age of impotence. Stuck between global war and global finance, between identity and capital, we seem to be incapable of producing the radical change that is so desperately needed. Is there still a way to disentangle ourselves from a global order that shapes our politics as well as our imagination? In his most systematic book to date, renowned Italian theorist Franco Berardi tackles this question through a solid yet visionary analysis of the three fundamental concepts of Possibility, Potency, and Power. Characterizing Possibility as the content, Potency as the energy, and Power as the form, Berardi suggests that the road to emancipation unravels from the awareness that the field of the possible is only limited, and not created, by the power structures that implement it. Other futures and other worlds are always already inscribed within the present, despite power’s attempt at keeping them invisible. Overcoming any temptation of giving in to despair or nostalgia, Berardi proposes the notion of Futurability as a way to remind us that even within the darkness of our current crisis lies dormant the horizon of possibility. From the Hardcover edition.

The Soul at Work

From Alienation to Autonomy

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Franco Berardi

Publisher: Semiotext

ISBN: 9781584350767

Category: Philosophy

Page: 229

View: 8671

In this book, Franco Berardi presents an examination of new forms of alienation in our never-off, plugged-in culture - and a clarion call for a 'conspiracy of estranged people'.

Terror from the Air

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Sloterdijk

Publisher: Semiotext

ISBN: 9781584350729

Category: History

Page: 111

View: 7805

History.

After the Future

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Franco Bifo Berardi

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849350604

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 3985

After the Future explores a century-long obsession with the concept of the "future," starting with Marinetti's "Futurist Manifesto," tracing it through the punk movement of the early 70s, and into the media revolution of the 90s. The future, Bifo argues, has come and gone, the concept has lost its usefulness. Now it's our responsibility to decide what comes next.

Finitude's Score

Essays for the End of the Millennium

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Avital Ronell

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803289499

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 7808

Suspending the distinction between headline news and high theory, Avital Ronell examines the diverse figures of finitude in our modernity: war, guerrilla video, trauma TV, AIDS, music, divorce, sadism, electronic tagging, rumor. Her essays address such questions as, How do rumors kill? How has video become the conscience of TV? How have the police come to be everywhere, even where they are not? Is peace possible? “[W]riting to the community of those who have no community—to those who have known the infiniteness of abandonment,” her work explores the possibility, one possibility among many, that “this time we have gone too far”: “One last word. It is possible that we have gone too far. This possibility has to be considered if we, as a species, as a history, are going to get anywhere at all.”

Dark Fiber

Tracking Critical Internet Culture

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Geert Lovink

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262621809

Category: Computers

Page: 382

View: 5370

Net criticism that establishes the principles and foundation for a collaborative, global new media culture.

Culture of the Baroque

Analysis of a Historical Structure

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: José Antonio Maravall

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719019128

Category: Baroque literature

Page: 330

View: 6204

Permission to Laugh

Humor and Politics in Contemporary German Art

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Gregory H. Williams

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226898954

Category: Art

Page: 233

View: 8954

Permission to Laugh explores the work of three generations of German artists who, beginning in the 1960s, turned to jokes and wit in an effort to confront complex questions regarding German politics and history. Gregory H. Williams highlights six of them—Martin Kippenberger, Isa Genzken, Rosemarie Trockel, Albert Oehlen, Georg Herold, and Werner Büttner—who came of age in the mid-1970s in the art scenes of West Berlin, Cologne, and Hamburg. Williams argues that each employed a distinctive brand of humor that responded to the period of political apathy that followed a decade of intense political ferment in West Germany. Situating these artists between the politically motivated art of 1960s West Germany and the trends that followed German unification in 1990, Williams describes how they no longer heeded calls for a brighter future, turning to jokes, anecdotes, and linguistic play in their work instead of overt political messages. He reveals that behind these practices is a profound loss of faith in the belief that art has the force to promulgate political change, and humor enabled artists to register this changed perspective while still supporting isolated instances of critical social commentary. Providing a much-needed examination of the development of postmodernism in Germany, Permission to Laugh will appeal to scholars, curators, and critics invested in modern and contemporary German art, as well as fans of these internationally renowned artists.

Art and Multitude

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Antonio Negri

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745649009

Category: Philosophy

Page: 123

View: 6570

"Metamorphoses: art and immaterial labour" talk given at the Tate Britain, 19 Jan. 2008.

The Uprising

On Poetry and Finance

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Franco Berardi

Publisher: Semiotext

ISBN: 9781584351122

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 173

View: 8985

"Poetry is the language of nonexchangeability, the return of infinite hermeneutics, and the return of the sensuous body of language. I'm talking about poetry here as an excess of language, a hidden resource which enables us to shift from one paradigm to another."--P. [4] of cover.

Molecular Revolution in Brazil

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Félix Guattari,Suely Rolnik

Publisher: Semiotext

ISBN: 9781584350514

Category: History

Page: 495

View: 2410

The post-'68 psychoanalyst and philosopher visits a newly democratic Brazil in 1982 and meets future President Luis Ignacia Lula da Silva: a guide to the radical thought and optimism at the root of today's Brazil.

Heroes

Mass Murder and Suicide

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Francesco Berardi

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781781685778

Category: ART

Page: 231

View: 2646

"What is the relationship between capitalism and mental health? Through an exhilarating mix of philosophical and psychoanalytical theory and reportage - from the suicide epidemic in Korea to the wave of American mass murders - the prominent Italian thinker Franco "Bifo" Berardi traces the social roots of the mental malaise of our age. His darkest and most unsettling book to date, Berardi proposes dystopian irony as a strategy to disentangle ourselves from the deadly embrace of neoliberalism"--

Symbolic Exchange and Death

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473998409

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 2951

Jean Baudrillard is one of the most celebrated and most controversial of contemporary social theorists. This major work occupies a central place in the rethinking of the humanities and social sciences around the idea of postmodernism. It leads the reader on an exhilarating tour encompassing the end of Marxism, the enchantment of fashion, symbolism about sex and the body, and the relations between economic exchange and death. Most significantly, the book represents Baudrillard's fullest elaboration of the concept of the three orders of the simulacra, defining the historical passage from production to reproduction to simulation. A classic in its field, Symbolic Exchange and Death is a key source for the redefinition of contemporary social thought. Baudrillard's critical gaze appraises social theories as diverse as cybernetics, ethnography, psychoanalysis, feminism, Marxism, communications theory and semiotics. This English translation begins with a new introductory essay.

You Must Change Your Life

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Sloterdijk

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745694748

Category: Social Science

Page: 500

View: 6751

In his major investigation into the nature of humans, Peter Sloterdijk presents a critique of myth - the myth of the return of religion. For it is not religion that is returning; rather, there is something else quite profound that is taking on increasing significance in the present: the human as a practising, training being, one that creates itself through exercises and thereby transcends itself. Rainer Maria Rilke formulated the drive towards such self-training in the early twentieth century in the imperative 'You must change your life'. In making his case for the expansion of the practice zone for individuals and for society as a whole, Sloterdijk develops a fundamental and fundamentally new anthropology. The core of his science of the human being is an insight into the self-formation of all things human. The activity of both individuals and collectives constantly comes back to affect them: work affects the worker, communication the communicator, feelings the feeler. It is those humans who engage expressly in practice that embody this mode of existence most clearly: farmers, workers, warriors, writers, yogis, rhetoricians, musicians or models. By examining their training plans and peak performances, this book offers a panorama of exercises that are necessary to be, and remain, a human being.

The Ordinary Man of Cinema

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Jean Louis Schefer,Max Cavitch,Paul Grant,Noura Wedell

Publisher: Semiotext(e)

ISBN: 9781584351856

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 2026

When it was first published in French in 1980, The Ordinary Man of Cinema signaled a shift from the French film criticism of the 1960s to a new breed of film philosophy that disregarded the semiotics and post-structuralism of the preceding decades. Schefer describes the schizophrenic subjectivity the cinema offers us: the film as a work projected without memory, viewed by (and thereby lived by) a subject scarred and shaped by memory. The Ordinary Man of Cinema delineates the phenomenology of movie-going and the fleeting, impalpable zone in which an individual's personal memory confronts the cinema's ideological images to create a new way of thinking. It is also a book replete with mummies and vampires, tyrants and prostitutes, murderers and freaks -- figures that are fundamental to Schefer's conception of the cinema, because the worlds that cinema traverses (our worlds, interior and exterior) are worlds of pain, unconscious desire, decay, repressed violence, and the endless mystery of the body. Fear and pleasure breed monsters, and such are what Schefer's emblematic "ordinary man" seeks and encounters when engaging in the disordering of the ordinary that the movie theater offers him. Among other things, Schefer considers "The Gods" in 31 brief essays on film stills and "The Criminal Life" with reflections on spectatorship and autobiography. While Schefer's book has long been standard reading in French film scholarship, until now it has been something of a missing link to the field (and more broadly, French theory) in English. It is one of the building blocks of more widely known and read translations of Gilles Deleuze (who cited this book as an influence on his own cinema books) and Jacques Rancière.

Looking back on the end of the world

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Dietmar Kamper,Christoph Wulf

Publisher: Semiotext

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 121

View: 6604

First published in 1989, Looking Back on the End of the World raises provocative questions about the possibilities of critical knowledge in social systems that seem to have "surpassed history." Unlike recent works that make history end with the consumer, or project the conflict between the capitalist and the oppressed into the future, the writers in these essays perform a much more basic task: they argue that we can now think through the "end of the world." The idea of a "unified world," they claim, has given way to new sensibilities about history. The essays evaluate current negative obsessions such as apocalypse and the elimination of difference, and offer positive approaches to the "gamble of thinking" required in a society without traditional subjects and institutions. Capitalism, the book argues, has changed all the rules of the game, and any nostalgia for "starting" from the familiar in terms of intellectual critique is doomed. Collectively, the authors sketch the unfamiliarity of the new, those moments when our categories dissolve in the face of connections and relations that announce all sorts of "ends." And other things besides. With essays by: Jean Baudrillard, Gunter Gebauer, Dietmar Kamper, Dieter Lenzen, Edgar Morin, Gerburg Treusch-Dieter, Paul Virilio, and Christoph Wulf.

The Heidegger Controversy

A Critical Reader

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Richard Wolin

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262731010

Category: Philosophy

Page: 305

View: 5538

This anthology is a significant contribution to the debate over the relevance of Martin Heidegger's Nazi ties to the interpretation and evaluation of his philosophical work. Included are a selection of basic documents by Heidegger, essays and letters by Heidegger's colleagues that offer contemporary context and testimony, and interpretive evaluations by Heidegger's heirs and critics in France and Germany.In his new introduction, "Note on a Missing Text," Richard Wolin uses the absence from this edition of an interview with Jacques Derrida as a springboard for examining questions about the nature of authorship and personal responsibility that are at the heart of the book.Richard Wolin is Professor of Modern European Intellectual History and Humanities at Rice University. He is the author of Walter Benjamin, The Politics of Being: The Political Thought of Martin Heidegger, and The Terms of Cultural Criticism: The Frankfurt School, Existentialism and Poststructuralism.

Bubbles

Microspherology

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Sloterdijk,Wieland Hoban

Publisher: Semiotext

ISBN: 9781584351047

Category: Philosophy

Page: 663

View: 3379

Vol. 1: First published in German under the title: Sph'aren I. Blasen.

Nervous Systems

Quantified Life and the Social Question

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Anselm Franke,Stephanie Hankey,Marek Tuszynski

Publisher: Spector Books

ISBN: 9783959050937

Category: Art and popular culture

Page: 386

View: 1734

Beyond contemporary disclosures about mass surveillance by intelligence services, the promises inherent in ?big data? determine discourses about future innovations and systems of classification in government and industry, which aim to increasingly transform political and systemic questions into those of technological management. The promises of participation and ?digital democracy? stand in contrast to new forms of cybernetic control and modulation of social behavior on an unprecedented scale. The countless sensors of ubiquitous digital and technological infrastructures have united the state, industry, body and technology into ever more complex 'nervous systems'. This nervousness is revealed in particular where relationships of power and participation come to the fore, namely in the 'social question'. 00Exhibition: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (02-04.2016).