Gerald Raunig: A Thousand Machines: A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as Social Movement (2008/2010) [Spanish, English]

16 March 2012, dusan

In this “concise philosophy of the machine,” Gerald Raunig provides a historical and critical backdrop to a concept proposed forty years ago by the French philosophers Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze: the machine, not as a technical device and apparatus, but as a social composition and concatenation. This conception of the machine as an arrangement of technical, bodily, intellectual, and social components subverts the opposition between man and machine, organism and mechanism, individual and community. Drawing from an unusual range of films, literature, and performance—from the role of bicycles in Flann O’Brien’s fiction to Vittorio de Sica’s Neorealist film The Bicycle Thieves, and from Karl Marx’s “Fragment on Machines” to the deus ex machina of Greek drama—Raunig arrives at an enhanced conception of the machine as a social movement, finding its most apt and concrete manifestation in the Euromayday movement, which since 2001 has become a transnational activist and discursive practice focused upon the precarious nature of labor and lives.

First published in German as Tausend Maschinen. Eine kleine Philosophie der Maschine als sozialer Bewegung, Turia + Kant, Vienna, 2008

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Translated by Aileen Derieg
Publisher Semiotext(e), 2010
Volume 5 of Semiotext(e) intervention series
ISBN 1584350857, 9781584350859
128 pages

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Mil máquinas. breve filosofía de las máquinas como movimiento social (Spanish, trans. Marcelo Expósito, 2008, added 2014-3-16)
A Thousand Machines: A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as Social Movement (English, trans. Aileen Derieg, 2010, updated on 2012-7-25)

Stevphen Shukaitis, Joanna Figiel (eds.): Subjectivity journal, Vol 5, No 1: Collective Becomings (2012)

11 March 2012, dusan

Subjectivity is an international, transdisciplinary journal examining the social, cultural, historical and material processes, dynamics and structures of human experience.

“This issue of Subjectivity can be thought of as the first major engagement with Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s work in English. It is not just a collection of essays that take Bifo’s ideas as their starting point, but rather a collection of essays that all start from the conjuncture of Bifo’s ideas, the issues and conditions raised by them, with forms of collective becomings in the present. The purpose then is not to consider Bifo’s work in isolation, but rather to develop it as a tool, one that is explored through continued usage and application.” (from Editorial)

With contributions by Dave Eden, Abe Walker, Anja Kanngieser, Michael Goddard, Giuseppina Mecchia, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

Guest editors Stevphen Shukaitis and Joanna Figiel
Published in April 2012
ISSN 1755-6341

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Guy Standing: The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011)

3 March 2012, dusan

Neo-liberal policies and institutional changes have produced a huge and growing number of people with sufficiently common experiences to be called an emerging class. In this book Guy Standing introduces what he calls the Precariat – a growing number of people across the world living and working precariously, usually in a series of short-term jobs, without recourse to stable occupational identities or careers, stable social protection or protective regulations relevant to them. They include migrants, but also locals.

Standing argues that this class of people could produce new instabilities in society. They are increasingly frustrated and dangerous because they have no voice, and hence they are vulnerable to the siren calls of extreme political parties. He outlines a new kind of good society, with more people actively involved in civil society and the precariat re-engaged. He goes on to consider one way to a new better society — an unconditional basic income for everyone, contributed by the state, which could be topped up through earned incomes.

This is a topical, and a radical book, which will appeal to a broad market concerned by the increasing problems of labour insecurity and civic disengagement.

Publisher Bloomsbury Academic, 2011
ISBN 1849663513, 9781849663519
Creative Commons BY-NC Licence
192 pages

essay by the author (The Guardian, June 2011)
excerpts from a seminar with the author (video, United Nations, September 2011)
interview with the author (James Foley, November 2011)
essay by the author (OpenDemocracy.net, January 2012)

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Gerald Raunig: Mil máquinas. Breve filosofía de las máquinas como movimiento social, traficantes de sueños (2008) [Spanish]

26 January 2012, dusan

Tal y como afirma Maurizio Lazzarato en el epílogo a este libro, Mil máquinas logra anudar de forma innovadora el concepto de máquina (puesto en circulación por Deleuze y Guattari) con la tradición marxista que se expresa desde hace varias décadas en el pensamiento postobrerista. Emulando el clásico Mil mesetas y haciendo un uso singular de la crítica del arte y el análisis fílmico y textual (desfilan en el libro Flann O’Brien, Alfred Jarry, Franz Kafka, Vittorio de Sica, Themroc y Jacques Tati), Gerald Raunig se remite a los orígenes semánticos de una idea de «máquina» que amalgama técnica e invención, política y nomadismo, arte y teatralidad. Dicha genealogía, al modo foucaultiano, recorre las insólitas máquinas de guerra y las tácticas bélicas del engaño en la Antigüedad, el deus ex machina del teatro griego, las agresiones al naturalismo de la representación clásica burguesa ejercidas por las vanguardias históricas politizadas (ejemplificadas en el tándem Eisenstein/Tretiakov) o la deriva histórica del concepto de general intellect, para desembocar en una plétora de prácticas recientes: MayDay, PublixTheatreCaravan, Chainworkers, Noborder y bordercamps, las contracumbres del movimiento global, Yomango, Critical Mass, LadyFest y un largo etcétera. Lo que en definitiva motiva así este libro es la urgencia por indagar en las concatenaciones y agenciamientos maquínicos, en las formas creativas de organización y de acción adecuadas para poder enfrentarnos a las condiciones flexibles e inestables que caracterizan nuestra era de la precariedad.

Originally published in German under the title Tausend Maschinen: Eine kleine Philosophie der Maschine als sozialer Bewegung, Turia+Kant, Vienna, 2008
With the introduction by Maurizio Lazzarato
Translated by Marcelo Expósito
Publisher Traficantes de Sueños, Madrid, November 2008
Map-22 series
ISBN 9788496453332
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.5 España
126 pages

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Art Work: National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics (2009)

21 October 2011, dusan

Art Work is a newspaper that consists of writings and images from artists, activists, writers, critics, and others on the topic of working within depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process, compensation and artistic property.

The newspaper is distributed for free at sites and from people throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It is also available by mail order from Half Letter Press for the cost of postage.

The 40-page newspaper features the writings, images, and work of Julia Bryan-Wilson, Holland Cotter, Tim Kerr, Nance Klehm, Harrell Fletcher, Futurefarmers, Robin Hewlett, Nicolas Lampert, Lize Mogel, Dan S. Wang, Gregory Sholette, Dylan A.T. Miner, Christina Ulke and Marc Herbst of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, OurGoods, Chris Burden, Scott Berzofsky, John Duda, InCUBATE, Linda Frye Burnham, ILSSA, Cooley Windsor, Brian Holmes, Nick Tobier, Lolita Hernandez, Stacy Malasky, Nate Mullen, Aaron Timlin, Harold Jefferies, W&N, Damon Rich, Teaching Artist Union, FEAST, 16 Beaver Group, W.A.G.E., Chris Kennedy, Nato Thompson, Carolina Caycedo, Guerrilla Art Action Group, Anthony Elms, Adam Trowbridge, Jessica Westbrook, and many other artists, art workers, curators, interns, volunteers, writers, and activists.

Produced by Temporary Services (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, Marc Fischer), Chicago
Published by Half Letter Press, 2009
40 pages

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