Seminar with Peter Pal Pelbart

A workshop with Peter Pál Pelbart, April 18 to 21, 2011

Organized by KATAJA, Mollecular Organization, Future Art Base and Taidekoulu Maa

We live not in a ruined but a bewildered world. Everything creaks and rattles like the rigging of an unseaworthy sailing ship
Conversations with Kafka

We should imagine a cartography of exhaustion. Exhaustion of the possible. Perhaps it should be a kind of molecular symptomatology, like the one of nihilism that Nietzsche once did do well. Perhaps we should think about exhaustion according to the Beckettian categories, like Deleuze, to allow us to understand states of suspension, bankruptcy and collapse, individual and collective, of becoming almost remnant, in terms of vital strategy or of even political resistance. These vacuoles of silence and solitude that Deleuze talked about… of becoming molle… what new forms of sociality use such affect-Bartleby? And how? What is a populated solitude, a solitude inhabited by many people? Communism of the distance? Impossible community like that of the Greek heroes? Commonality of only the pathos of distance, from which to arrogate the right to create values, to stamp out the names of values (as in Niezsche’s genalogy of morals)? Since what is a community of those who do not have a community? What possibilities are there to create distance to the use of social vitality, to build existential and subjective territories from the reterritorialization of every minute by the material and immaterial economy and its arbitrary mechanisms of command? What is the soft belly, “il ventre molle”, of arbitrary power? What is the self understood as a fold of the outside? How to detect emerging modes of subjectification, foyers of collective enunciation and of group intelligence that escape the automatisms and captures of capital, and have not yet acquired sufficient visibility in our cooperative attempts? How to follow the lines of exodus and active retreats of the so called “excluded”? What resources are available to an individual or a collective to create its own mode of working in a domestic space, its own rhythm of time to mobilize collective memory, to produce goods and knowledges and their circulation, to transit in spheres considered invisible, to reinvent the corporeal, to organize neighborhood and create solidarity, to care for children and for the old, to deal with pleasure and pain?

Peter Pál Pelbart is a professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo and the coordinator of the famous Ueinzz Theater Company composed of fragile minds and mental distress. He is also a member, with Suely Rolnik, of the Centre de recherches sur la Subjectivité and collaborator of the Mollecular organization. Peter was a student of Deleuze and the translator of Deleuze and Guattari into portugese. He has worked especially with the concept of time, biopolitics, subjectivity, madness, community and with thinkers like Guattari, Deleuze, Foucault, Nancy, Blanchot, Agamben. He is one of the most inventive minds trying to work our way in the comtemporary problematic of biopolitical economy, art and powers of life. He has published in Chiméres, Multitudes and his recent books include O tempo não-reconcilado (Perspectiva, 1998), A vertigem por um fio: Políticas da subjetividade contemporânea (Iluminuras, 2000), Vida Capital, (Iluminuras, 2003), Filosofia de la Desercion: Niilismo, Locura y Comunidad (Tinta Limon, 2009).

THE WORKSHOP

1. We are making an audio book of Peter’s book Vida Capital (“Life Capital” and related material) in english. The book is streamed and broadcasted chapter by chapter every Friday at 15-16.30 (cet) at Performing Arts Forum radio station at St.Erme, France. After that the chapters are available for listening here at the Mollecular site or:

PAF-radio stream Fridays 15-16.30 (cet): http://89.238.166.195:9068/listen.pls

Kafkamachine: http://kafkamachine.wordpress.com

PAF-radio: http://blog.paf-radio.net

Audio boo: http://audioboo.fm/mollecular

 

2. Study circle meets in Helsinki six Thursdays at 14-16, at the Aalto University School of Art & Design, Room 7012 (7th floor) and one Friday (15.4. at 14-16, School of Economics).

Meeting schedule:
10.3. 14-16, School of Art & Design: listen to the first chapters: Prologue
17.3. 14-16, School of Art (Room 7012): listen to “Power over life”, “Eigth questions”
24.3. 14-16, School of Art (Room 7012): listen to “Neuromagma”
31.3. 14-16, School of Art (Room 7012): listen to “Disaster”
7.4. 14-16, School of Art (Room 7012, 7th floor): listen to “The Body of the inform”
14.4. 14-16, School of Art (Room 7012, 7th floor): listen to “Community without community” and “Right to silence”

 

3. The starting event: Friday 15.4. School of Economics (Arkadia building, Lapuankatu 6, Room E-128)

12.15-13.45 Pekka Piironen: Economy of Uncertainty. As warm up: the last presentation of Pekka’s doctoral dissertation manuscript before formal examination. Room E-127, Aalto University School of Economics, Arkadia building, Lapuankatu 6.

14.15-16.00 Franco Berardi, Teemu Mäki, Akseli Virtanen: What is Future Art Base? And why? Or how to imagine a different future? Room E-128, Aalto University School of Economics, Arkadia building, Lapuankatu 6.

22.00- Party at Siltanen, Hämeentie 13B. VJ set: Hugo Olim (PT) & Iván Torres Hdez (ES). Curtacy of AAVE.Alternative Audiovisual Event. www.aavefestival.org

 

THE WORKSHOP: CARTOGRAPHY OF EXHAUSTION

Mon 18.4. 13-17 Capitalism and subjectivity. Future Art Base. Lämpömiehenkuja 3, Otaniemi.

Tue 19.4. 13-17 Biopolitical affects. Future Art Base. School of Art & Design, room 7012, 7th floor (notice changed place!).

18-20 Screening of Ueinzz Occupation. School of Art & Design, Marilyn theatre. MOVED TO WEDNESDAY!

Wed 20.4. 13-17 Biopolitical affects II. Future Art Base. School of Art and Design, room 6036, 6th floor. (Notice changed place!)

18-20 Screening of Ueinzz Occupation. School of Art and Design, Bunuel Theatre.

Thurs 21.4. 13-17 Impossible community. Future Art Base. Lämpömiehenkuja 3, Otaniemi.

 

THE AUDIO BOOK: VIDA CAPITAL by Peter Pál Pelbart

4.3.
Prologue to Capital Life (Elisa)
Prologue to Capital Life (real one, by Klaus)
Community without community (John)
Power over life, potency of life (Valentina)

11.3.
Eight questions about resistance and creation (Elisa)
Neuromagma (Valentina)

18.3.
Empire and biopotential (Ana)
The body of the inform (Ana & Akseli)
Disaster: between burnout and creation (Manuela)

25.3.
A right to silence (Silvia & Graeme, headphones recommended for listening!)
Images of time in Deleuze (John)

The Thought From Outside (Karolina)

Ecology of the invisible (Luca)

1.4.

The political function of boredom and joy
Time and psychosis: time breaks

Cartographies of the outside

Time and madness
Schizocenia
The detorrialized unconscious

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