Mollecular organization studies the functioning of semio-capitalism and develops soft technologies of cooperation, tools for building the impossible communities of abstract work and its performers. Molle is a laboratory of schizoanalysis. We operate in the soft stomach, “il ventre molle“, of arbitrary power. Or more precisely: we are the soft belly of arbitrary power. Mollecular organization is a group of losers, sad figures, dark souls, cynical opportunists and depressed princesses. We are not tough or macho, we are soft and wet, impotent and feeble. We don’t march or demonstrate. We have difficulties in getting up from the bed.  We are molle people, the future of cooperation.

EXHAUSTED SUBJECT

“Exhausted subject, impossible community”
Workshop with Franco “Bifo” Berardi

Reading groups and seminars
Thursdays between March 11 to April 1.

Franco "Bifo" Berardi

Photo: Juho Liukkonen

Map made 1st of April

Workshop with Franco “Bifo” Berardi, April 6 and 7 at Turku University

GENERAL OUTLINE OF THE SEMINAR

6-7.4.2010 First seminar with Bifo: Historical Context and Concepts

Turun yliopisto, Taidehistoria. Sirkkalan kasarmi, esikuntarakennus (punainen), 2 krs. Kaivokatu 12

Tuesday 6.4. Historical context

The history of the movement in the 20th century and the process of subjectivation. No global justice, ethical movement without process of social subjectivation. The first decade of the new century, by a political and social point of view: the no global movement, the experience of the social forum in the world. The birth of “precarious and cognitive movement” and its political weakness. What did not work? Bifo’s participation in this process: the experience of www.rekombinant.org from summer 2000 to summer 2009. The conclusion of the experience: failure or a success? Theoretical core: the problem of subjectivation and the problem of rekombination and recomposition.

10-12 Seminary part 1 (Bifo)

12-13 Lunch

13-15 Seminary part 2

15-17 Afternoon break, film screening

17-19 Questions of mollecular organization (Molle) I: Working to map the mechanisms of production of value and new forms of control which have spread into our mental environments, Guattari master class has ended up deep in questions of molecular and micro-political organization. What interesting emerged for example from our encounters with Bifo, Sakari Hänninen, Bracha Ettinger, Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, Gary Genosko and the Ueinzz theatre company last year? What was interesting, what might work and what not, in terms of our molecular organization?

19- Dinner

Wednesday 7.4. Concepts

A philosophical re-examination of the concept of subject, from Hegel to the European radical thought of the late 20th century. What is the meaning of this concept? Etymology. Subject to what? Hegel (Phanomenologie das Geistes): Truth, Wholeness and Subject. The come back of Hegel in the marxism of the 20th century. Structural marxism and subjectivist marxism. Kojeve Hyppolite, Marcuse, Adorno and the dialectics of subject. Krahl and the concept ofTechnische Wissenschaft Intelligenz is anticipating the notion of cognitive labor. Individuation, subjectivity, singularity. Body without organs. The concept of social class.

10-12 Seminary part 3

12-13 Lunch

13-15 Seminary part 4

15-17 Afternoon break, film screening

17-19 Questions of mollecular organization II

19- Dinner

21-24.4.2010 Second seminar with Bifo: Subjectivability

Composition: Subject, subjectivation, recomposition and recombination. Class and labor in the post-industrial transformation. Precariousness and subjectivity. Class recomposition in the Italian neomarxism called “operaismo” (workerism): a concept that has more to do with chemical flows than with political consciousness. A cultural idea of the political composition of labor. The concept of recomposition and the reversal of the relation between capitalism and class. Dynamics of class subject and the refusal of work. Class subjectivism and capitalist restructuration as an effect of the refusal of work.

Theory: The workerist conception of class subjectivity: estrangement versus alienation. The dissolution of the Hegelian legacy and the post-structuralist concept of subjectivation. The relationship between Italian workerism and French post-structuralism is based on the common emphasis on the problem of subjectivation (or recomposition). Foucault: genealogy. Guattari: molecularity. The notion of subjectivation in Guattari’s thought. Becoming other, chaosmose, chaos and chaoide. Retournelle. Reading Chaosmose and What is philosophy. At the sources of the Guattari’s concept of subjectivation. Reading Deleuze’s Nietzsche et la philosophie and Le bergsonisme.

Problematization: The Baudrillard’s critique and the seductive relationship between subject and object. Subjectivation as a problem, and implosion. Baudrillard criticizes the philosophy of desire subverting the relationship between subject and object. Not true the subject desires the object, but the object seduces the subject. Advertising. (Le system des objets, La seduction) End of the relationship between labor and value. Indeterminacy and precarity of the subject. (La mort et l’echange symbolique).

Precarity: The precarization of labor and the process of recomposition. Subjectivation without recomposition. Depression, Suicide, Exhaustion. Withdrawal. Italian post-operaism and the double problem of cognitive immaterialization of labor and of precarity. The notion of intellettualità di massa in Paolo Virno. Language and capital In Christian Marazzi. Les puissances de l’inttelligence in Lazzarato. Analysis of the process of precarization. Fragments of nervous energy and networked globality, Compatible fragments: fractals. Cellularization and recombination. The alliance of Recombinant financial capitalism and cognitive labor force in the ’90’s: the dotcom enterprise and the capitalist valorization of intellectual labor.

Workshop with Berardi on April 21 to 24.


“Exhausted subject, impossible community”. Workshop with Franco “Bifo” Berardi

Workshop with Bifo on April 6 to 7 and April 21 to 23.

Workshop on Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd will be held in the HIAP artist residency, in former gallery Augusta, in Suomelinna.

The fourth workshop series of the Guattari Master Class “Exhausted subject, impossible community” focuses on the conceptual adventures of the subject in the past fifty years of European critical thought and the present precarization of the subject. For Bifo recombination is the technical form of the labor process in the digital environment. Recomposition means the social and cultural process enabling the fragments of labor and of general intellect to become conscious subjectivity. The recombinant form of the labor process has changed the social landscape in such a way that any social conscious recomposition seems impossible. Migrants, precarious workers, cognitive workers. They share the same condition of weakness, at different degrees, but they are unable to find a common ground of solidarity and fight. This un-recomponibility is the effect of the fractalization and precarization of labor made possible by the digitalization of the production process. The virtualization of the social production seems to be destroying the prerequisites of living relationship, absorbing and neutralizing the living energies of the cognitive workers. Also the experience of the first decade of the century, the experience of the global movement against capitalist globalization seems to imply the uncomponibility of labor, and the impossibility of social autonomy.

The economic recession is not only the effect of the financial craziness, but also of this de-vitalization of the social field. The psychotic boom of panic and depression, and the general decline in social desire, and in empathy. This is why the economic collapse is also the collapse of the economic epistemology. Economics cannot understand the depth of the crisis, because below the crisis of the financial exchange there is the crisis of the symbolic exchange. The question that rises from the collapse is so radical that the answer cannot be found in the conceptual framework of economics.

Is the recomposition process, conscious collective subjectivation, at all possible in this new condition, the condition of recombinant capital?

GENERAL OUTLINE OF THE SEMINAR

6-7.4.2010 First seminar with Bifo: Historical Context and Concepts

Turun yliopisto, Taidehistoria. Sirkkalan kasarmi, esikuntarakennus (punainen), 2 krs. Kaivokatu 12

The history of the movement in the 20th century and the process of subjectivation. No global justice, ethical movement without process of social subjectivation. The first decade of the new century, by a political and social point of view: the no global movement, the experience of the social forum in the world. The birth of “precarious and cognitive movement” and its political weakness. What did not work? Bifo’s participation in this process: the experience of www.rekombinant.org from summer 2000 to summer 2009. The conclusion of the experience: failure or a success? Theoretical core: the problem of subjectivation and the problem of rekombination and recomposition.

Questions of mollecular organization (Molle) I: Working to map the mechanisms of production of value and new forms of control which have spread into our mental environments, Guattari master class has ended up deep in questions of molecular and micro-political organization. What interesting emerged for example from our encounters with Bifo, Sakari Hänninen, Bracha Ettinger, Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, Gary Genosko and the Ueinzz theatre company last year? What was interesting, what might work and what not, in terms of our molecular organization?

A philosophical re-examination of the concept of subject, from Hegel to the European radical thought of the late 20th century. What is the meaning of this concept? Etymology. Subject to what? Hegel (Phanomenologie das Geistes): Truth, Wholeness and Subject. The come back of Hegel in the marxism of the 20th century. Structural marxism and subjectivist marxism. Kojeve Hyppolite, Marcuse, Adorno and the dialectics of subject. Krahl and the concept of Technische Wissenschaft Intelligenz is anticipating the notion of cognitive labor. Individuation, subjectivity, singularity. Body without organs. The concept of social class.

21-23.4.2010 Second seminar with Bifo: Subjectivability

Composition: Subject, subjectivation, recomposition and recombination. Class and labor in the post-industrial transformation. Precariousness and subjectivity. Class recomposition in the Italian neomarxism called “operaismo” (workerism): a concept that has more to do with chemical flows than with political consciousness. A cultural idea of the political composition of labor. The concept of recomposition and the reversal of the relation between capitalism and class. Dynamics of class subject and the refusal of work. Class subjectivism and capitalist restructuration as an effect of the refusal of work.

Theory: The workerist conception of class subjectivity: estrangement versus alienation. The dissolution of the Hegelian legacy and the post-structuralist concept of subjectivation. The relationship between Italian workerism and French post-structuralism is based on the common emphasis on the problem of subjectivation (or recomposition). Foucault: genealogy. Guattari: molecularity. The notion of subjectivation in Guattari’s thought. Becoming other, chaosmose, chaos and chaoide. Retournelle. Reading Chaosmose and What is philosophy. At the sources of the Guattari’s concept of subjectivation. Reading Deleuze’s Nietzsche et la philosophie and Le bergsonisme.

Problematization: The Baudrillard’s critique and the seductive relationship between subject and object. Subjectivation as a problem, and implosion. Baudrillard criticizes the philosophy of desire subverting the relationship between subject and object. Not true the subject desires the object, but the object seduces the subject. Advertising. (Le system des objets, La seduction) End of the relationship between labor and value. Indeterminacy and precarity of the subject. (La mort et l’echange symbolique).

Precarity: The precarization of labor and the process of recomposition. Subjectivation without recomposition. Depression, Suicide, Exhaustion. Withdrawal. Italian post-operaism and the double problem of cognitive immaterialization of labor and of precarity. The notion of intellettualità di massa in Paolo Virno. Language and capital In Christian Marazzi. Les puissances de l’inttelligence in Lazzarato. Analysis of the process of precarization. Fragments of nervous energy and networked globality, Compatible fragments: fractals. Cellularization and recombination. The alliance of Recombinant financial capitalism and cognitive labor force in the ’90’s: the dotcom enterprise and the capitalist valorization of intellectual labor.

Schedule

for the “Exhausted subject, impossible community”. Workshop with Franco “Bifo” Berardi in Suomenlinna, Gallery Augusta on April 21st to 23rd, 201

Wednesday 21.4.10

14 Preparations for the seminar begin
15 Seminar I
17 Seminar II
19 Dinner
21 Screening of Félix Guattari by Francois Pain (Le divande de Félix, 1986; Mori, Laing et Félix, 1980; La fin du politique, 1977/1980; Min Tanaka à la Borde, 1985)

Menu

Aspargus with Dijon white wine sauce
Tomato soup with smetana and basil baquette
Assortment of cheese

Thursday 22.4.10

12 Preparations for the seminar begin
14 Seminar III
16 Introduction to the Robin Hood -Investment Fund of the Precariat
17 Seminar IV
19 Dinner
21 Screening of Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat (1978) — A film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60’s and 70’s, Vietnam, Bolivia, May ’68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left. Part 1: Fragile Hands (From Vietnam to Che’s death; May 1968 and all that). Part 2: Severed Hands (From Spring in Prague to the Common Program of Government in France; From Chile to – to what?)

Menu

Miso soup
Sushi
Green tea

Friday 23.4.
10 Seminar V
12 Seminar VI
14 Lunch
16 Screening of Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson: Facs of life (2009), a film in eight plateaus, between Deleuze and his students.

19 Dinner in town or at Restaurant Panimo on Suomenlinna

Some links related to seminar:

Virno on Foucault and Chomsky: http://www.generation-online.org/t/virnorevel.htm
Guattari school in Malaga
Invisible house

Foucault’s The Order of Things (Les Mots et les Choses)
Velazquez’ Las Meninas
Mondzain: Image, Icon Economy
Review of Esquivel’s Malinche