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Re: <nettime> the soul {AT} work
Stevphen Shukaitis on Mon, 16 Nov 2009 22:13:11 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> the soul {AT} work

It's really good to see this coming out. I've read some of the  
materials it's based on and Bifo has given numerous presentations  
around these themes this year in London, New York, Helsinki, and  
Vilnius. Quite a timely and useful book.

It is strange, though, how the description says how it is the 'long  
overdue introduction to English readers.' Strange in that no less than  
3 books by Bifo have come out in English during the past year:

F?lix Guattari: Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography  
(released by Palgrave, posted here as PDF: http://a.aaaarg.org/)
Ethereal Shadows (put out by Autonomedia)
Precarious Rhapsody (released by Minor Compositions, posted as PDF  
here: http://www.minorcompositions.info)

And that's in addition to all the materials translated by him that  
have been circulating on the net and in publications for over thirty  
years now, most obviously collected on the wonderful Generation OnLine  
site: http://www.generation-online.org/p/pbifo.htm

It does make you wonder, given all that, how this can possibly be  
thought of as the first introduction to Bifo for English audiences. Is  
the idea that author and their writing don't exist until a larger  
publisher put them out? And somehow does web based circulation of  
knowledge not count as a means of introducing an author. Strange...


On 15 Nov 2009, at 14:34, un heimlich wrote:

>>From Semiotext(e):
>The Soul at Work
>>From Alienation to Autonomy
>Franco Berardi
>Translated by Francesca
>Cadel and Mecchia Giuseppina
>Preface by Jason E. Smith

Stevphen Shukaitis
Autonomedia Editorial Collective

 "Autonomy is not a fixed, essential state. Like gender, autonomy is  
created through its performance, by doing/becoming; it is a political  
practice. To become autonomous is to refuse authoritarian and  
compulsory cultures of separation and hierarchy through embodied  
practices of welcoming difference... Becoming autonomous is a  
political position for it thwarts the exclusions of proprietary  
knowledge and jealous hoarding of resources, and replaces the social  
and economic hierarchies on which these depend with a politics of  
skill exchange, welcome, and collaboration. Freely sharing these with  
others creates a common wealth of knowledge and power that subverts  
the domination and hegemony of the master?s rule." - subRosa Collective

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