Agonie des Realen

Author: Jean Baudrillard
Publisher:
ISBN: 3920986997
Release Date: 1978-01
Genre: Civilization, Modern


Der Aufstand

Author: Franco Berardi
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 9783957571267
Release Date: 2015-03-10
Genre: Philosophy

Wie lässt sich ein Wirtschaftssystem erklären, in dem Geld durch Geld erzeugt wird? Angesichts eines Informationskapitalismus, in dem Warenproduktion und körperliche Arbeit nur noch als Reminiszenz an alte Zeiten mitgeschleppt werden, zeigt der italienische Philosoph "Bifo" Berardi, dass wir es mit einem System zu tun haben, das vor hundert Jahren bereits von Dichtern wie Mallarmé antizipiert wurde: Der Signifikant hat den Bezug zu seinem Referenten verloren, "Schulden sind ein bloßer Akt der Sprache, ein Versprechen." Daher müssen wir zunächst lernen, die Zeichen zu lesen, sie so zu interpretieren, wie man Poesie interpretiert. Der Akt der Interpretation lehrt uns Empathie, er ist der erste Schritt zu einer neuen Solidarität, die den "erotischen Körper des gesellschaftlichen Lebens" reaktivieren kann.Ausgehend von der Finanzkrise 2008 und dem europäischen Kollaps dekonstruiert Berardi die Sprache und die Mythen des Neoliberalismus und ruft zu einer Revolution der Langsamkeit und des Rückzugs auf, mit der wir den Niedergang nicht zu fürchten brauchen.

Marshall Plan Modernism

Author: Jaleh Mansoor
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822373681
Release Date: 2016-09-09
Genre: Art

Focusing on artwork by Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, and Piero Manzoni, Jaleh Mansoor demonstrates and reveals how abstract painting, especially the monochrome, broke with fascist-associated futurism and functioned as an index of social transition in postwar Italy. Mansoor refuses to read the singularly striking formal and procedural violence of Fontana's slit canvasses, Burri's burnt and exploded plastics, and Manzoni's "achromes" as metaphors of traumatic memories of World War II. Rather, she locates the motivation for this violence in the history of the medium of painting and in the economic history of postwar Italy. Reconfiguring the relationship between politics and aesthetics, Mansoor illuminates how the monochrome's reemergence reflected Fontana, Burri, and Manzoni's aesthetic and political critique of the Marshall Plan's economic warfare and growing American hegemony. It also anticipated the struggles in Italy's factories, classrooms, and streets that gave rise to Autonomia in the 1960s. Marshall Plan Modernism refigures our understanding of modernist painting as a project about labor and the geopolitics of postwar reconstruction during the Italian Miracle.

The Administration of Fear

Author: Paul Virilio
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9781584351054
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Political Science

We are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape. There was a time when wars, famines, and epidemics were localized and limited by a certain timeframe. Today, it is the world itself that is limited, saturated, and manipulated, the world itself that seizes us and confines us with a stressful claustrophobia. Stock-market crises, undifferentiated terrorism, lightning pandemics, "professional" suicides.... Fear has become the world we live in. The administration of fear also means that states are tempted to create policies for the orchestration and management of fear. Globalization has progressively eaten away at the traditional prerogatives of states (most notably of the welfare state), and states have to convince citizens that they can ensure their physical safety. In this new and lengthy interview, Paul Virilio shows us how the "propaganda of progress," the illuminism of new technologies, provide unexpected vectors for fear in the way that they manufacture frenzy and stupor. For Virilio, the economic catastrophe of 2007 was not the death knell of capitalism, as some have claimed, but just further evidence that capitalism has accelerated into turbo-capitalism, and is accelerating still. With every natural disaster, health scare, and malicious rumor now comes the inevitable "information bomb"--live feeds take over real space, and technology connects life to the immediacy of terror, the ultimate expression of speed. With the nuclear dissuasion of the Cold War behind us, we are faced with a new form of civil dissuasion: a state of fear that allows for the suspension of controversial social situations.

Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young Girl

Author: Tiqqun (Collective)
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9781584351085
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Political Science

"Concepts made for war do not call for unanimity. And it is only natural that they should be condemned for the ignominious realities they reveal. As for those who have shut their eyes to the sheer and massive fact of the Young-Girl, what difference could a little more blindness make? The Young-Girl is herself the product of misogyny, but the theory of the Young-Girl is not. Open up any women's magazine and you'll see for yourself. The Young-Girl is not always young and, increasingly not even a girl. She is but the figure of total integration into a disintegrating social whole. When morons, against all the evidence to the contrary, protest that "The world is not a commodity!" and, for that matter, neither are they, they are feigning a virginity that only proves their impotence. We want nothing to do with this virginity nor this impotence. We propose a different sentimental education."--P. [4] of cover.

The Politics of Attack

Author: Michael Loadenthal
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9781526128133
Release Date: 2018-07-29
Genre: Political Science

Since the early 2000s, global, underground networks of insurrectionary anarchists have carried out thousands of acts of political violence. This book is an exploration of the ideas, strategies, and history of these political actors that engage in a confrontation with the oppressive powers of the state and capital. This book challenges the reader to consider the historically ignored articulations put forth by those who communicate through sometimes violent political acts-vandalism, sabotage, arson and occasional use of explosives. These small acts of violence are announced and contextualized through written communiqués, which are posted online, translated, and circulated globally. This book offers the first contemporary history of these digitally-mediated networks, and seeks to locate this tendency within anti-state struggles from the past.

Schwarzer R cken der Zeit

Author: Javier Marías
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104019987
Release Date: 2015-12-10
Genre: Fiction

Als 1991 der Campusroman ›Alle Seelen‹ erschien, in dem Marías seine Zeit an der Oxforder Universität beschreibt, beschwerten sich Professoren und andere Kollegen, falsch oder gar nicht dargestellt worden zu sein. Daraufhin schrieb Javier Marías das Buch ›Schwarzer Rücken der Zeit‹, eine Art Werkstattbericht. Und während wir Marías noch beim Schreiben über die Schulter schauen, sind wir schon mittendrin in einem faszinierenden Vexierspiel von Dichtung und Wahrheit. Wenn wir anfangen, unser Leben zu erzählen, ist es schon Fiktion. Das ist die wunderbare Schwebe, in der uns der aufregendste Erzähler Spaniens hält.

This is Not a Program

Author: Tiqqun
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 1584350970
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Political Science

An urgent critique of the biopolitical subject and omnipresent Empire.

Nietzsche Apostle

Author: Peter Sloterdijk
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: WISC:89122733843
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Philosophy

Peter Sloterdijk's essay on Friedrich Nietzsche and the benefits and dangers of narcissistic jubilation. For Peter Sloterdijk, Friedrich Nietzsche represents nothing short of a "catastrophe in the history of language" -- a new evangelist for a linguistics of narcissistic jubilation. Nietzsche offered a philosophical declaration of independence from humility, a meeting-point of sobriety and megalomania that for Sloterdijk has come to define the very project of philosophy. Yet for all the significance of this language-event named Nietzsche, Nietzsche's contributions have too often been elided and the contradictions at the root of his philosophy too often edited out. As Sloterdijk observes, "Never has an author so insisted on distinction and yet attracted such vulgarity." Nietzsche Apostle, drawn from a speech Sloterdijk gave in 2000 on the hundredth anniversary of Nietzsche's death, looks at the ways in which Nietzsche has been branded over the years through selective compilation, and at the ways in which Nietzsche turned himself into a brand -- a brand announced by his proclaimed "fifth Gospel," Thus Spoke Zarathustra. For Sloterdijk, the focus should not be on the figure of Zarathustra or on the "will to power" often used as a kind of philosophical shorthand to sum up Nietzsche's work, but on Zarathustra's act of "speaking" itself. Nietzsche Apostle offers a brief history of self-praise and self-affirmation, an examination of the evolution of boasting (both by God and by man), and a very original approach to Nietzsche, philosophy's first designer brand of individualism.

Where Art Belongs

Author: Chris Kraus
Publisher: Semiotext
ISBN: 1584350989
Release Date: 2011-01-01
Genre: Art

Contains some previously published essays.

Das Jahr der gef hrlichen Tr ume

Author: Slavoj Žižek
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104025650
Release Date: 2013-03-07
Genre: Literary Collections

Über den Arabischen Frühling, Occupy Wall Street – und den Massenmord von Breivik 2011 – das Jahr des Arabischen Frühlings, der Occupy Wall Street-Bewegung, der Revolte in den Vorstädten Londons. 2011 – das Jahr von Breiviks ideologischer Wahnsinnstat, des aufkommenden Antisemitismus in Ungarn, des zunehmenden Rassismus. Gefährliche Träume in zweierlei Richtung stehen dahinter: emanzipatorische und destruktive. Was bedeuten diese Ereignisse im Kontext des globalen Kapitalismus? Mit Dialektik, analytischer Schärfe und gewohnt pointensicher legt Slavoj Žižek die Widersprüche der gegenwärtigen politischen Lage frei und fragt, wie wir das System bekämpfen können, ohne zu seinem Funktionieren beizutragen. »Theorie muss auch immer sexy sein, sie muss unterhalten, provozieren, bruchstückhaft und leicht zitierbar sein, physisch spürbar wie Rockmusik. All das liefert Žižek.« Der Spiegel