Black Circle Records: Reflections on the consequences of conflict in light of the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza
This academic article is concerned with precariousness and cultural work. It aim is to bring into dialogue three bodies of ideas – the work of the autonomous Marxist ‘Italian laboratory’; activist writings about precariousness and precarity; and the emerging empirical scholarship concerned with the distinctive features of cultural work, at a moment when artists, designers and (new) media workers have taken centre stage as a supposed ‘creative class’ of model entrepreneurs
A 2012 interview with the Italian philosopher, who expresses his views on the economic crisis, capitalism as a religion (Benjamin), the role of history in European cultural identity, “bio-politics”, the “state of exception”, and the fate of contemporary art (“trapped between the Scylla of the museum and the Charybdis of commodification”).
Six short texts from a book published in 2012 (Anti-developmentalist Perspectives) largely based on talks given in 2009-2010 on the topic of the need for a transition from the economically, environmentally and spiritually unviable city-centered system of globalized capitalism to a new territorial dispersal of human society and productive activities, attaining a higher synthesis of the restoration of the liberating aspects of the city (freedom, public space) and the traditional virtues of the “territory” (local production, self-sufficiency) that can only be brought about by an anti-capitalist revolution.
Notes on the current crisis, considered in accordance with its ancient medical definition as “the culminating point of an illness” (Hippocrates) whose symptoms are “loss of memory, dissolution of classes, individualism, narcissism, degradation of language, functional illiteracy, fear [and] domestication”, along with ecological, urban and political crises on a planetary scale, which cannot be overcome by traditional political or trade union means but require the constitution of neighborhood communities resulting from “desertion or exclusion”, and a dual urban/rural focus, at first dominated by the urban struggle, that aims at “de-urbanization” and defense of “territory”.
An examination of the history and significance of the concept of “progress”, its origins as an expression of the Enlightenment’s battle against religious bigotry and ignorance, its transformation into a “new [scientific] superstition” characterized by indifference to nature and the worship of technological change, and its current status as “a threat to the survival of the human species”.