At this point, capitalism shifts to the mode of governance

July 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Join us next Wednesday July 25 at 8pm. We’ll be reading Matteo Pasquinelli’s “Machinic Capitalism and Network Surplus Value – Notes on the Political Economy of the Turing Machine” and Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s “Cognitarian Subjectivation.” Lyotard explained how the computer age transforms knowledge into information, that is, coded, collated, classified messages within a system of transmission and communication. “Knowledge ceases to be an end it itself, it loses its use-value” he writes. Pasquinelli and Berardi, both Italian Autonomist-Marxists, connect information to “the essential definition of living labour” by putting “neuro-psychic energies to work, submitting them to mechanistic speed, compelling cognitive activity to follow the rhythm of networked productivity.”


revolution is movement, but movement is not a revolution. the city is a projection of the body, the body is a product of the city.

July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow evening we will be reading part one of Paul Virilio’s Speed & Politics and from Elizabeth Grosz’s Space, Time, and Perversion, Bodies-Cities. We will discuss how, to Virilio, all human geography is ultimately a product of warfare and what this means when bodies take the streets. Temporarily. Grosz problematizes the relationship between body-politic and political bodies, and ends by questioning a “potential” affective shift registered within the body, from city scape to techno-scape: “The subject’s body will no longer be disjointedly connected to random others and objects according to the city’s spatio-temporal layout … [but rather] modeled on and ordered by telecommunications.”

Charles de Fourcroy’s Table Polymétrique

“No message is ever sent. What is sent is a signal”

July 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Join us this coming Friday July the 6th to discuss signal and noise, technological determinism, bodiless information and bodies of information, and feedback loops and cybernetic narratives in N. Katherine Hayles’s How We Became Posthuman.

The secondary reading is Luhmann’s discussion of why society calls itself postmodern.

Meeting at Ana’s place.

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