Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons by Matteo Pasquinelli

By Matteo Pasquinelli

In the course of a time whilst pop stars turn into well-known because of intercourse tapes which have been leaked on-line, it really is transparent that the net isn't proof against the draw of the media. but artwork, academia and activism proceed to advertise the net as an untouched utopia. Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons addresses the double ordinary dominating modern media discourse and shatters the myths of inventive commons, unfastened software program and open-source events, suggesting that "free tradition" is an fiscal parasite siphoning cash via peer-to-peer networks. Theorist and electronic fetishist Matteo Pasquinelli makes use of the metaphor of the animal body--which Paul Virilio has characterised as instinctual and reactionary--to counter what he sees as a capitalist exploitation of collective imagery, calling for an intensive new figuring out of the forces at paintings at the back of the electronic economic system and cultural construction.

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By Matteo Pasquinelli

In the course of a time whilst pop stars turn into well-known because of intercourse tapes which have been leaked on-line, it really is transparent that the net isn't proof against the draw of the media. but artwork, academia and activism proceed to advertise the net as an untouched utopia. Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons addresses the double ordinary dominating modern media discourse and shatters the myths of inventive commons, unfastened software program and open-source events, suggesting that "free tradition" is an fiscal parasite siphoning cash via peer-to-peer networks. Theorist and electronic fetishist Matteo Pasquinelli makes use of the metaphor of the animal body--which Paul Virilio has characterised as instinctual and reactionary--to counter what he sees as a capitalist exploitation of collective imagery, calling for an intensive new figuring out of the forces at paintings at the back of the electronic economic system and cultural construction.

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The dangerousness of our species is as extensive as its capacity to execute innovative actions; that is to say, innovative actions capable of modifying customs and consolidated norms. Whether one speaks of excessive drive, of linguistic negation, of a ‘separation’ from one’s own vital context, or of the modality of the possible, it is abundantly evident that we are speaking, only in one fell swoop, of the premises of the abuse of power and of torture. indd 33 02-12-2008 13:42:30 animal spirits After various simplistic and theoretically unsound interpretations of immaterial labour and general intellect, especially within Anglo-American academia, Virno finally provides a disenchanted dimension for those concepts.

Indd 41 02-12-2008 13:42:32 animal spirits battlefield in the age of so-called advanced capitalism. Similar to a medieval bestiary, the figure of the animal elucidates this condition. Perhaps it is time for twenty-first-century culture to adjust its debt with the animal nature as it happened once during the Renaissance, as Foucault points out in Madness and Civilization: At the beginning of the Renaissance, the relations with animality are reversed; the beast is set free; it escapes the world of legend and moral illustration to acquire a fantastic nature of its own.

However, behind any organization of biopower, animal physiology always breathes and frets. Foucault inaugurated the notion of biopolitics focusing precisely on the constitution and control of Western sexuality. Rather than the state apparatus of capture, it is crucial to underline the autonomous and productive force of the animal spirits. indd 41 02-12-2008 13:42:32 animal spirits battlefield in the age of so-called advanced capitalism. Similar to a medieval bestiary, the figure of the animal elucidates this condition.

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