post-future? come on people


especially as Bifo himself is now a professor. the machine capturing all. hooking them in.

how does one unlock its ugly embrasures.

Its goiin to be interesting to see how or morely like IF Bifo

can deterritorialize futurism and its fascist politics its pro war politics

and its out right

pro Mussolini



Communism is Back and We Should Call It Singularity
a book launch and discussion with Franco “Bifo” Berardi Friday February 27th, 2009 Octagon Room, People’s Palace, 5PM University of London, Queen Mary Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

“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.

Machinelike is not machinism. Marinetti the fascist deterritorialized? lets see

how that can be pulled off

or is this just

pulling teeth?

from an "old bitch gone bad in the teeth"

The era of the post -future? God, not another announcement about eras ending... all this grand announcements seem to me, to go contrary to the spirit of micro-politics....

– From the Manifesto of Post-Futurism
Franco Berardi will be discussing communism as singularity and presenting his books. The event marks the first and long awaited publication of his work in English: Félix Guattari. Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography (2008) and Precarious Rhapsody: Semio-capitalism and the Pathologies of the Post-Alpha Generation (forthcoming).
The launch will be followed by a social evening at the Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley,
84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX. All welcome.

---------------- Communism? Come now my brothers, that's a dirty word with its camps and labour camps and Stalin-ism. Yes we all hope for an egalitarian future, but a post future communism?

Communism is like all the rest of the dead Isms.

Its an Is m so for my money, it'a trap, a hole, a sickness.

Franco “Bifo” Berardi is a writer, critic, and pioneer media theorist. Like others involved in the Italian political movement of Autonomia, during the 1970s he fled to Paris, where he worked with Félix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. He is the co-founder of rekombinant.org and the free pirate television network Telestreet. He is also Professor of Social History of Communication at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Milan. For more information and writings by the author, including his recent Post-Futurist Manifesto,

Gilles Deleuze was welcomed into the reception room of university respectability, while Félix Guattari was left out."

If he was left out, it's because he was Left and he was Out,

and there aint no shame in that.

"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.”

This sounds wonderful....

– from Félix Guattari. Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography.


------------ It strikes me as inaccurate to quote Bifo without
qualification. After all Deleuze was a teacher and professor long before he met Guattari and had been building his rapport, his voice and devotion to teaching with or without welcome... from the university system. Besides which Deleuze did not exactly have it easy... Along with a bunch of others,
he and his teaching crew
were banished,
one might say
to the less than accessible
surroundings in St. Denis .... I am sure, that as time goes along, we will learn more about this period and the losses and or gains it entailed. We know from Francois Dosse's account, and from other accounts of the time (Jim Miller's The Passion of Michel Foucault gives a portrait of times that tells us a lot about the conditions in France that surrounded these thinkers), that intellectuals teaching at Vincennes (and elsewhere ) were not treated with kid gloves once the glory days were over. We also know t he terrible violence that occurred in Europe in those days and the trouble this brought to the left and the left leaning. Nothing is as simple as it seems, and Felix Guattari's so called exclusion is not something one would want to simplify or even assume to have been unwanted. Perhaps it was for the best.

One Guattari and Deleuze with their multiple crowds, is plenty for any generation. The sedentary nomad Deleuze was not the same as the Molecular Nomadic Guattari, adn thank goodness neither resembled the other!

THe question of Pierre Felix Guattari's exclusion seems more a matter of exclusion based on politics and not one of acceptance by the University. And the question of Deleuze's acceptance, what does that entail exactly? that he taught? and if so, what of it? We know he was a captivating professor from his earliest days.. in the 50's .......

How does one situate such a remark? It will be interesting to read this book, and to see exactly what Bifo means by the comments quoted above, and how he means them....

-- The more I read about Guattari and Deleuze I see they were men of their time and hardly aware of the machines spinning around them. Certainly Guattari showed
blind-spots in his personal life, which surprised me. he was not aware of the quiet machines that had grown up around him even before his own advanced theories and practices were brought onthe scene.

Nobody's perfect, and nostalgia for a past that was glorious and seemingly untainted is of no use to anyone, neither historically or practically.

What exactly was this cut-up method Guattari is said to have used? It was the American novelist William S. Burroughs who with Brion Gysin invented the cut-up.

From what I have read it appears more just to say
Guattari both evolved their separate paths
and that these two flows
joined for a wonderfully productive period for a span of time consisting of 20yrs.

Each particle flying its line

Each flying flung
then flung twogether in AntiOedipus
and One Thousand Plateaus
with Kafka between
and the What is Philosophy book

there is no contradiction here, but merely a relation of plateuax. But we do know now that Gilles Deleuze wrote What is Philosophy, by himself, and was persuaded to let Guattari be the co-sginer after having being requested to do so by a friend of Guattari's.

which although authored singularly by Gilles Deleuze himself,
was co-signed by the both.....

We were already several, as they say in ATP, and that made quite a crowd.

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