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Alessandra Renzi on Sun, 11 Jun 2006 20:52:54 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Fwd: [RK] No struggle against the void. Report from Barcelona

i thought this report may be of interest to some of you. If anyone was
at this conference and has some more information, it could be
interesting to discuss some of the topics mentioned.


PS. If anyone is in Toronto and wants to meet to discuss or contribute
a few ideas, we have a television transmitter that could be used for
some new projects and we are also planning an action in september to
bring issues of precarity to Canada.

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> From: Matteo Pasquinelli <matteopasquinelli {AT} gmx.it>
> Date: June 9, 2006 2:42:09 PM EDT
> To: rekombinant {AT} liste.rekombinant.org
> Subject: [RK] No struggle against the void. Report from Barcelona
> Reply-To: rekombinant {AT} liste.rekombinant.org,Matteo Pasquinelli
> <matteopasquinelli {AT} gmx.it>
> [ a report i wrote for Transform about Another Relationality
> conference in bcn. /m ]
> hypertexted version here:
> http://transform.eipcp.net/correspondence/1149622058
> No struggle against the void
> Matteo Pasquinelli
> The second part of Another Relationality conference on "poetry in
> incurable times" was hosted in the bunker auditorium of the MACBA
> (14-18 March 2006), the nodal point as usual =96 here in Barcelona - of
> many connections and contradictions between critical ideas and
> institutions, activism and the art world, and a white Great Attractor
> at the heart of the kaleidoscopic urbanscape of the Raval, raided by
> skaters all day long, the nemesis of any minimalist architecture that
> indulge in far too many flat surfaces.
> 3 days of workshop and 2 days of conference, lasting over 8 hours a
> day plus dinners and many bottles of wine, hanging out with our
> favourite free thinkers. People in Barcelona love "relationality". In
> Spanish the word taller translates as "workshop" but it is something
> more: the collective form at the basis of the social and cultural
> life, a kind of horizontal, informal, democratically correct form of
> doing all things. Jorge Ribalta and Marcelo Exp=F3sito succeeded in
> putting together in a taller an interesting and unconventional bunch
> of people to explore "poetry as a cure" [for politics] but also the
> future of aesthetical avant-gardes, activism and cultural workers. As
> the presentation declares, the second part of the conference
> approaches:
> the problem of relationality as an alternative to those artistic
> processes determined by a visual paradigm-based concept of
> representation. Opposite to this model, the relational paradigm
> indicates the need to go beyond representational methods. Those
> relational, communicative, affective, collaborative, and immaterial
> aspects take on a new centrality in post-industrial capitalism which
> has, as Paolo Virno said it, "put subjectivity to work."
> To sum up in my humble words, on the first day a vibrant Suely Rolnik,
> psychoanalyst and university professor from Sao Paulo introduced the
> Brazilian artist Lygia Clark and her "relational objects" as a
> therapeutic method. Suely managed to mix art and theory in a
> captivating way and made us see Felix Guattari's ideas in a new light.
> She insisted on the idea of cuerpo vibratil [vibrating body] and on
> the precept no luche contra el vac=EDo [no struggle against the void]:
> we have to breathe in through our micro-sensorial channels rather than
> the macro-sensorial channels of paranoia. Vibrant and permeable
> bodies.
> Afterwards Maurizio Lazzarato made a densely theoretical intervention
> on the notion of the "linguistic act" and the "absolute performative"
> in which he criticised (yes) the Italian post-Operaista theorisations
> of these concepts (Negri, Hardt, Virno, Marazzi). Hardcore theory: if
> you are curious check Arianna Bove's notes on Virno. Lazzarato called
> for a return to Guattari's notion of "a-signifying semiotics", which
> presents us with a multiplicity of semiotic centres: a multitude of
> corporeal, iconic and affective languages rather than simply a code
> based on the alphabet. According to Lazzarato, the fetishism found in
> Wittgenstein and linguistics have "dangerous political consequences".
> John Beverley, professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and
> Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, talked about "The
> subaltern interruption": a relative critique to the conference itself,
> an approach to institutions such as the university and the museum as
> intrinsically involved in the production of hegemonic knowledge and
> thus and as reproducing conditions of subalternity. He was aware
> though that this critique is far too general and too ideological.
> On the second day, Brian Holmes - in his contribution The Artistic
> Device - suggested us to consider creativity and art practices (such
> as the museum itself) as a biopolitical device, similarly to
> Foucault's treatment of sexuality; that is, as a device to "manage the
> needs, desires, productivity and circulation of an entire population".
> He provided sophisticated examples: the first one was the conference
> held on the Trans-Siberian train from Moscow via Novosibirsk to
> Beijing, Capturing the moving mind, where a bunch of philosophers,
> artists, technologists and social theorists came together to "test a
> movement beyond familiar borders, in an explicit attempt to discover,
> define and cross the critical thresholds of communication and action
> in the contemporary world". However, as some activists pointed out:
> "what was actually the difference between our experiment and so-called
> reality TV shows like Big Brother? Or were we just imitating the model
> of Post-Fordist production where mixing different roles and
> competences, arts and sciences, is the basic method for putting to
> work not this or that particular ability, but the faculty of being
> human as such? Or were we engaged in a spectacle, a pseudo-event, a
> false event of marketing movement and crossing borders without, or
> separated from, a real capacity to experience and engage with it?".
> Like Maurizio and Suely, Brian made strong references to Guattari's
> work and I was glad to see so many Guattarians gathered in one place
> (even though Maurizio and I threatened Brian to pay a =80 100 penalty in
> drinks at the bar for citing Lacan in his paper).
> Later, Antonella Corsani introduced the experience of the intermittent
> workers in France (a related version can be found on Transversal:
> "Knowledge production and new forms of political action") and
> experimented with speaking a language she never used before and using
> the audience as a collaborative dictionary. Also part of the workshop
> was dedicated to a broader introduction of a research project carried
> out by Antonella Corsani and Maurizio Lazzarato on workers in the
> entertainment industry, which has been recently published on the
> website of the Coordination des Intermittents et Precaires de l'Ile de
> France.
> Focusing as well on the psychological and economic condition of
> cultural (or "immaterial") workers, the KpD group [Kleines
> Postfordistisches Drama, small post-Fordist drama] presented the video
> Kamera l=E4uft!  [Rolling!], an ingenious example of "militant
> research": the screenplay is based on real interviews restaged by
> actors in a minimal studio and has the effect of a surreal sitcom.
> During a workshop, John Jordan introduced a slideshow of the projects
> he was involved in, from Reclaim the streets parties to the Clown
> Army, desperately looking for new strategies for activism and life. As
> he said: =D2Don't ask what to do to change the world. Ask me what make
> me feel alive. John recalled Starhawk's idea that "more groups and
> movements are destroyed by poor group dynamics and internal fights
> than any number of police" and used Rebecca Solnit's admonition that
> "Apocalypse is always easier" as a therapeutic motto for the movement.
> During the final debate Marcelo Exp=F3sito expounded part of his
> hip=F3tesis imaginativa [imaginative hypothesis] as yet another
> therapeutic strategy for the anti-globalisation movement.
> -------------------------------------------[  RK  ]
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