[D-G] Communism is back and we should call it singularity - Friday 27th February @ The Octagon, Queen Mary, University of London

ari ari at kein.org
Sun Feb 15 15:42:08 PST 2009

I am pleased to invite you to "Communism is back and we should call it
singularity": a book launch and discussion with Franco Berardi aka Bifo.

"Gilles Deleuze was welcomed into the reception room of university
respectability, while Félix Guattari was left out. 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." From Félix
Guattari. Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography.

Franco Berardi will be discussing communism as singularity and presenting
his books on Friday, February 27th in the Octagon Room, the People's
Palace, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS, at 5pm.
The event marks the first and long awaited publication of his work in
English: Félix Guattari. Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography
(London: Palgrave, 2008) and Precarious Rhapsody. Semio-capitalism and the
Pathologies of the Post-Alpha Generation (London: Autonomedia,
forthcoming).  The launch will be followed by a social evening at the
Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX. All

Franco 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 the e-zine 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, visit http://www.generation-online.org/p/pbifo.htm.

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