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KAFKAMACHINE is calling you for cooperation! It is calling you today only! If you miss this opportunity, there will never be another! Anyone thinking of his or her future, your place is with us! All welcome! Anyone who wants to be an artist, step forward! We are the theatre that has a place for everyone, everyone in his or her place! If you decide to join us, we congratulate you here and now! But hurry, be sure not to miss the midnight deadline! We shut down at midnight, never to reopen! Accursed be anyone who doesn’t believe in us!

Next recruitment 24.11.2011 at 19.00-24.00 Casa ConvenienteR.Nova do Carvalho11, Lisbon Portugal!

KAFKAMACHINE is an organizational experiment on cooperations to come. Its beginning is in the notes written by Félix Guattari in the 1980’s and published recently under a name Projet pour un film de Kafka.

The idea of Guattari’s unrealized project plan was to make a film not about Kafka but ”written by” Kafka. Guattari thought that Kafka was nothing less than the future. For him Kafka was not a 19th century writer prisoned in dark family relations and guilt, loneliness, submission to law, anguish of modern man… but a writer of future who was able to deal with seeds of problems and openings which are only today starting to talk to us.

KAFKAMACHINE is a project taking place in the midst of the marvels of financial economy and crises of Europe, when the precariousness of immaterial labour defines our every day, semiocapitalism exercises its arbitrary power and forces us to continuously exploit ourselves and our friends while cynicism, depression and detachment form others have become important means of one’s survival.

This is the starting point of KAFKAMACHINE. It uses Guattari’s project plan as a organizational tool but works to lose it: the production phases presented in the plan function as a general frame for coordinating the project. Yet the visulization and directions concerning actual scenes are created anew starting from our own problems, fears, dreams and existential territories. This is the core of our project: with Kafka it (1) maps and studies our life at the mercy of biopolitical economy and arbitrary power and (2) develops tools for cooperation and organization that are able to make our existential territory more habitable and create openings towards its future, tools for doing things together without a necessity for becoming the other or even understanding the other. KAFKAMACHINE is a metamodel, without any messianic politics. We want to build movement from analysis (map making) to experimentation (exercises of script production) to contribute to the dynamic structuring of the unfolding organization (machine). This is the machine we want to assemble. KAFKAMACHINE is a project toward future!

KAFKAMACHINE works with perhaps the highest theatrical problem, the problem of a movement which would directly touch a soul, which would be that of the soul. It looks for the possibilities of organization of a cooperation to come. It searches for a coming cooperation, a potential cooperation, a cooperation yet to come with which to connect through engaging sensibilities and production of new affects. We want to produce becomings that will summon a people with whom minor organization connects.

Special Thanks to
Teemu Mäki
Jan Ritsema
Pia Lindman
Helena Sederholm
Bo Karsten
Sakari Virkki
Ricardo Muniz
Valentina Desideri

KAFKAMACHINE is supported and financed by:
Future Art Base
Aalto University
Robin Hood Minor Asset Management
FRAME, Finnish Fund for Art Exhange
KATAJA, The Finnish Doctoral Program in Business Studies
The Art Council of Finland
Amigos da filosofia e da Arte em São Paulo
SESC Santos
Casa Conveniente Lisboa
Centro Cultural B_arco
Cadernos de Subjetividade
Núcleo de Estudos da Subjetividade – PEPGPC- PUC-SP
Laboratório PACTO-FMUSP


Akseli Virtanen, Aalto University, akseli.virtanen@aalto.fi


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