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 →

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 →

Democratizing the Power of Finance

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A Discussion about Robin Hood Asset Management Cooperative with Akseli Virtanen Forthcoming in Geert Lovink (ed.): Money Lab Reader. Amsterdam: INC Publications 2015. Pekka Piironen: What is Robin Hood? Akseli Virtanen: Robin Hood is an asset management cooperative we established in June 2012. It is a counter-investment bank of the precariat, which is rethinking means of finance and financial services. We are bending the financialization of economy to our benefit. Robin Hood is the power and imagination to do this. Pekka: How do you do it? Akseli: We operate a... Read The Rest →

FROM ARBITRARY POWER TO MORPHOGENESIS

Franco Berardi and Akseli Virtanen   Goverment is the keyword of the European construction. Pure functionality without meaning. Government without any reason or end that could be distinguished from it. What does it mean? Automation of thought and will. Embedding abstract connections in the relations between living organisms. Technical subjection of choices to the logic compatability. Continuous recombination of compatible fragments. Cooperation without memory. Exhaustion of possible.  Europe/Arbitrary Power The European entity has been conceived since its beginning as a possibility of overcoming passion: nationalist, ideological, cultural passion, dangerous marks... Read The Rest →

WHAT GIVES US LIFE?

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Bracha L. Ettinger and Akseli Virtanen   Published in Psykoterapia Journal of Psychotherapy 2011/2:169-187 Translated by Heidi Fast   Akseli Virtanen: Lets talk first a little bit about what we have done, what we have been doing together. First when we met, there was of course the Trans-Siberian adventure and the Jump, which we have been talking plenty elsewhere.[1] But let’s go first back to the August last year, to the making of the Co-poiesis book, to the seminary here in Helsinki and the Fragilization & Resistance exhibition.[2] I think... Read The Rest →

ART, MEMORY, RESISTANCE

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Akseli Virtanen: For Félix Guattari an a-signifying semiotic opens meaningful words up to unexpected material intensities. Perhaps we could understand these elements which express the materiality of language and its internal tensions a little better by recalling Deleuze’s analysis of a Francis Bacon painting. For modern painters the canvas is not a tabula rasa, but a space of visual preconceptions and accepted conventions of representation, which the artist brings to the canvas, and with which she struggles, and which she tries to defeat or escape. For Bacon the moment of... Read The Rest →

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