Power at the End of the Economy


A discussion based on the seminar can now be found here!

We will have a small n-1 seminar on “Power at the End of the Economy” Wed-Fri 11-13.6.2014 afternoons (13:00-19:00) in Stuttgart at the Robin Hood office (Römerstrasse 2). We hope this will be a nice small seminar among friends. Welcome!

We are preparing for a bigger n-1 event in September 2015 at Performing Arts Forum in France where all the n-1 authors will gather to share their thought with all interested. Especially this in mind, Thursday morning Erin Manning will tell about her work and experiences with the conditions and practices of putting thought in motion in Senselab.

The books coming next out in the n-1 seriesBrian Massumi’s Economies of Ontopower. Journey to the Neoliberal Limit, Maurizio Lazzarato’s Signs, Machines, Subjectivities, Akseli Virtanen’s Arbitrary Power. A Critique of Biopolitical Economy, Peter Pál Pelbart’s Cartography of Exhaustion. Nihilism Inside Out (just published!) – are all working on economy, or more precisely, on its end as we used to know it and on understanding its new nature, organization and relation to our dividual subjectivity. They are saying that the question of the future should begin here, from understanding the relationship between the exhaustion of the possible at our disposal and how the production of value functions today. We need to add a whole new dimension to economic and political thinking: the production of wealth depends on affective rabit holes and unqualified existential activity which are irreducible to political, economic or linguistic representation and rationality, and unmanageable at these levels.

How does power work at the end of the economy? What are its means of capturing the future already today? How is machinic value produced? How is singular becoming possible when the mechanisms of accumulation do not restrict themselves only to our actual actions in particular time and space but sink their teeth directly into the molecular, aleatory, the uncertain and indeterminate still in the process of becoming?

The concepts developed in these books – like ontopower, arbitrary power, power signs, machinic enslavement, exhaustion of possible, impossible community – may sound excessive and even extravagant, but they are all mapping the territory on which we already walk. They are thinking very precisely about the nature and organization of “n” and how the power must turn in different ways towards “arbitrariness” and “pureness” (Virtanen), or “priming” (Massumi), “machinic” (Lazzarato), “nihilism” (Pelbart) after all the “ones” are gone. In this wonderland nothing appears anymore the same.

In the seminar we will spend a day each with the books of Brian, Peter and Maurizio!

For preparation and preliminary readings please contact Akseli (akseli.virtanen@gmail.com) or Peter (ppelbart@uol.com.br).


Robin Hood Office, Römerstrasse 2, Stuttgart

11.6.   13-19  / Peter Pal Pelbart: Cartography of Exhaustion

12.6.   10-12 / Erin Manning: How to Put Thought in Motion?

13-19 /  Brian Massumi: Economies of Ontopower

13.6.    13-19 / Maurizio Lazzarato: Signs, Machines, Subjectivities

20-22 / Akseli Virtanen interview at Herbergssalon, Theater Rampe

14.6.    14-16 / Maurizio Lazzarato: Marcel Duchamp and the Refusal of Work, Kunstverein Stuttgart

ML.Signs machines subjectivities flyer

About n-1 Edições

”n-1” is a concept from Deleuze’s and Guattari’s toolbox which refers to a necessity to create new organizational ideas and forms – to which “one” (leader, value, community, idea, meaning, principle) belongs only as subtracted. This is exactly the nature of series published by n-1 Edições. It has three important tasks:

To give expressive support for our experiments and the different rhythms, idiorythms and a-signifying ruptures they are creating.

To produce organization: We don’t organize to make the series, we make the series to organize. To organize at n-1.

To produce more-than-books, kooks that talk your senses beyond verbal language and meaningful communication. Just as the publications of the series fold as results of cooperation between subjectivities they also unfold into events – theatrical montages, images, installations, exhibitions, master classes, dinners between friends – that go beyond the book-form and reverberate the theoretical and sensitive questions found in each of them. In the series we want to produce more-than-books which talk you your senses, which you want to touch and throw and which reach beyond the basic media of verbal communication. It triggers multiplicity, n-1, whereby any element aspiring to a position of centrality is subtracted.

To buy the books (with worldwide shipping) send an email to: vendas@n-1publications.org (payment via normal account transfer/Paypal)

n-1 Edições, edited by Peter Pál Pelbart and Akseli Virtanen

Félix Guattari: Kafkamachine (2011)

Heinrich von Kleist: On Marionette Theater (2011)

Kuniichi Uno: Genesis of an Unknown Body (2012)

David Lapoujade: Powers of Time (2012)

Jean Claude Polack: Experiences of Madness (2013)

Peter Pál Pelbart: Cartography of Exhaustion (2013)

Brian Massumi: Economies of Ontopower (2014)

Maurizio Lazzarato: Signs, machines, subjectivities (2014)

Akseli Virtanen: Arbitrary Power. Critique of Biopolitical Economy (2014)

Michel Foucault: Utopian body and herotopias (2014)

Suely Rolnik: Geopolitics of pimping: Between art, politics and clinic (2014)

Beatriz Preciado: Countersexual Manifesto (2014)

Beatriz Preciado: Testo Junkie. Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era (2015)

David Lapoujade: William James: Pragmatism and Empiricism (2015)

Franco Berardi: And – Phenomenology of the End (2015)

Fernand Deligny: Arachne (2015)

Barbara Glowczewski: Totemic Becomings (2015)

John Rajchman: Indisciplinary Art (2015)

Bracha Ettinger: Co-Poiesis (2015)

Jean Oury: Creation and schizophrenia (2015)

Vladimir Safatle : When the streets burns: On the constitution of political subjects (2015)

Robin Hood: Profanation of Finance (2015)

Sakari Hänninen: Five Lectures on Economic Theology (2015)

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro: From the primitive matriarchy to the society against the state and beyond. Cartography of the anthropophagus descent (2016)

Félix Guattari: What is Ecosophy? (2016) 

Erika Alvarez Inforsato: Unwork (Desoeuvrement): clinical and political constellations of the common (2016)

João Perci Schiavon: The drive pragmatism (2016)

Alejandra Riera : Maquettes-without-quality (2016)

Karolina Kucia: The Molecular Adventures of Precariat and the Soft Stomach of Arbitrary power (2016)










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