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 →

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE PRECARIAT

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An anecdote recounts that, during one of Félix Guattari’s visits to Sao Paulo, he was politely asked to temper his somewhat cliquey use of language, for example by avoiding resorting to neologisms so frequently.1 Otherwise, his audience might mistake him for a member of some small sect, it was explained. 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 marketing tools. He added that in treading the... Read The Rest →

Immaterial as Material

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1. In one of his lectures Gilles Deleuze explains how we could best under- stand what a matter in a state of continuous mutation means1. When we perceive a table, the physician has already explained that here we have atoms and electrons in move, but it is difficult for us to perceive the table as movement-matter. How could we then best become aware of the movement as matter? Deleuze answers: By thinking of it as metal. It might be wise to explain this a little. In the lecture Deleuze invites... Read The Rest →

Irony Cynicism and The Lunacy of The Italian Media Power

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Contemporary mass cynicism can be linked with two different roots: one is the failure of the utopian ideologies of the past century. The second, more powerful, is the perception of irreversibility and incontrovertibility of the exploitation of labor, competition, and war. Contemporary mass cynicism is a consequence of the dissolution of social solidarity. Neoliberal deregulation, particularly globalization and precarization of the labor market, have imposed competition as the general inescapable mode of relationship among social actors. Workers, once upon a time united by a link of social solidarity and common political hope, are now obliged to think in cynical terms: survival of the fittest.

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