Welcome to the Wild Side of Finance – Interview with Akseli Virtanen

By Emanuele Braga, May 2015 1) The idea of Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative was born in Helsinki by a group of artists, economists and philosophers. From the political and social perspective this is one of the first cases in which we face the financial market in both an affirmative and alternative way. You created a “parasite algorithm” in order to provide resources from the financial market also to the people excluded from it.  Could you describe how this approach mixes performative aspects with new technology and aesthetics? When... Read The Rest →

Robin Hood is a New Concept

Akseli Virtanen   A story tells that when once in São Paulo, Félix Guattari was politely asked if he could temper down his little bit cliquey use of language, for example by avoiding too frequent resorting to neologisms. Otherwise his audience might mistake him for a member of some small sect, was the explanation. Guattari’s response was calm: Inventing concepts was an adventure. And the concepts he had invented, his “little machines”, were his personal adventure. They were not some kind of means of communication or tools of marketing. He... Read The Rest →

Power at the End of the Economy

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A DISCUSSION WITH MAURIZIO LAZZARATO, BRIAN MASSUMI, PETER PÁL PELBART AND AKSELI VIRTANEN   The seminar took place at the Robin Hood Asset Management office in Stuttgart in June 2014. Robin Hood opened its first office in Germany and we worked there for a week on tactical finance, aesthetics of algorithmic production and the limits of the neoliberal economy.   Akseli Virtanen: The books coming now out in the n-1 series – Brian’s Power at the End of the Economy. Journey to the Neoliberal Limit, Maurizio’s Signs, Machines, Subjectivities, my... Read The Rest →

Brian Massumi: ECONOMIES OF ONTOPOWER. JOURNEY TO THE NEOLIBERAL LIMIT

n-1 Edições, São Paulo and Helsinki, Forthcoming 2014. Part 1: The Inmost End The Market in Wonderland System Distrust Collapse of the Affective Wave-Packet Part 2: A Deciding Done Through Me       Deliberation Without Attention Jamming Rational Choice The Primes of Life Towards a Politics of Dividualism Double Involuntary / Autonomous Decision Fielding the Event Tribunals of Reason Finessing the Event Part 3: Beyond Self-Interest    Your Life for My Little Finger Contiguity, Most Distant The Argument from Intensity The Other as Sign of Passion A Freedom of the Event The Flashpoint of... Read The Rest →

Peter Pál Pelbart: Cartography of Exhaustion. Nihilism Inside Out

n-1 Edições, São Paulo and Helsinki 2013. LIFE, BODY, POWER How to Live Alone The Body of the Formless Bare Life, beastly Life, a Life NIHILISM, DISASTER, COMMUNITY Crossin Nihilism Deleuze, Nihilism, Capitalism The Community of Those Who Do not Have A Community EXHAUSTION, MADNESS, OUTSIDE Exhaustion and Creation Wander Lines Inhuman Polyphony in the Theater of Madness The Deterritorialized Unconsciouss The Thought of the Outside, the Outside of Thought TIME, EXPERIENCE, DESUBJECTIVITION Images of Time in Deleuze Experience and Abandon of the Self Subjectivation and Desubjectivation AFTERWORD ADDENDUM Interview with... Read The Rest →

Maurizio Lazzarato: Signs, Machines, Subjectivities

São Paulo and Helsinki: n-1 Edições 2014 INTRODUCTION 1 PRODUCTION AND THE PRODUCTION OF SUBJECTIVITY Social subjection and machinic enslavement Human/machine vs humans/machinies Egyptian megamachine The functions of subjection Capital as a semiotic operator The concept of “production” Desire and production The failure of “human capital” 2. SIGNIFYING SEMIOLOGIES AND ASIGNIFYING SEMIOTICS IN PRODUCTION AND IN THE PRODUCTION OF SUBJECTIVITY The remains of structuralism: language without structure Signifying semiologies Asignifying semiotics 3 MIXED SEMIOTICS The trader’s machinic subjectivity The mixed semiotics of the human Cinema’s mixed semiotics Signifying and asignifying... Read The Rest →

Akseli Virtanen: Arbitrary Power. A Critique of Biopolitical Economy

n-1 Edições, São Paulo, Forthcoming 2014. Translated by Janna Jalkanen-Greenhill. Originally published as Biopoliittisen talouden kritiikki (Tutkijaliitto, Polemos-series, Helsinki 2006)   Preface ”The Importance of New Political Economy” The Time of Arbitrary Power I Biopower and Economy Biopower    A Nietzschean Communist    The Death of Man    Dynamis dynasteia    Biopower The Entrance of Life into History    General Economy (Allmännä hushållningen) The Refrain: Oikos, Polis, Nomos Oikos: The Heroes of Oikos Before Politics Polis: A Bad Solution to the Heroes’ Problem of Organization Nomos: Pastoral Power vs. War Machine... Read The Rest →

Humanism and Automation

In the aftermath of the last possible uprising Franco Berardi The uprising in 2011 And Phenomenology of the end is not a political text, far from it. It is concerning the end of Modern Humanism and the shift from the realm of conjunction to the realm of connection, in the field of sensibility. These notes are intended to situate this text in the present historical context. When I finished writing this text, in the years 2011-2012, an uprising of sort was underway. Students were marching in London to protest against... Read The Rest →

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