Tag: Obsolete Capitalism

Red Tape 5 — Form(s) of populism at the Royal College of Art 2nd July 5-7pm

This event has been moved to Sept 2015. More details to follow.

More information  to follow regarding other guest speakers at this event, but for now here’s the blurb for The Birth of Digital Populism book launch event I’m speaking at on July 2nd (5-7pm) – part of a Red Tape event hosted by the RCA. Red Tape 5 — Form(s) of populism In occasion of the launch of ‘The Birth of Digital Populism’, a book by the Italian collective Obsolete Capitalism, Red Tape introduces a discussion focusing on new forms of populism, investigating the role of images, faciality and the aesthetic of populist politics today. This discussion will focus on the coming together of computation and politics, and will try to investigate the visual form they can take together. Does the rise of computation allow for unexpected configuration of politics to emerge? ‘The Birth of Digital Populism’, published by Obsolete Capitalism in 2015, tries to answer this question by focuses on the novelty characterising the emergence of a new political phenomenon: that of digital populism. An example of digital populism is that of the Five Star Movement, a self-defined ‘non-party’ which deeply changed the panorama of Italian politics after the unexpected electoral success of 2013. The Italian Five Star Movement had been carrying out cluster analyses onto its platform of voters, making use of computation to collect and analyse widely-scattered data. The web allowed them to better target its voters, as if they were customers of a business in a competitive market.  Such data — which informed the political program of the Five Star Movement and allowed them to triumph in the general elections — was captured via an apparatus, or a political device, informed and heavily dependent on the faciality of a leader, or the image and charisma of its leader: Beppe Grillo. Starting from this idea of faciality of the leader, this last Red Tape seminar is therefore asking whether computation can be used for political goals, and what forms it takes and might take in the future. What other examples of digital populism do we find in the UK or across Europe? And, relevant to this discussion, what is the imagery, the aesthetic, the (visual) form(s) that populism needs today to be able to interface with its voters, users and consumers?

Here is the free book “The birth of digital populism. Crowd, power and post-democracy in the 21st century”

Here is the free book from Obsolete Capitalism

“The birth of digital populism. Crowd, power and post-democracy in the 21st century” featuring Luciana Parisi, Tiziana Terranova, Lapo Berti, Simon Choat, Paolo Godani, Saul Newman, Jussi Parikka, Tony D. Sampson and Alberto Toscano.

The book, which is published by Obsolete Capitalism Free Press, is under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International) and can be read or downloaded from the digital publishing platform Issuu at the following address:

http://is.gd/E1hq8d

Blurb
The Five Star Movement led by Grillo & Casaleggio had an unexpected success in the Italian general elections of February 2013, deeply disrupting the panorama of Italian politics. This book seeks to explore some of the features characterising the emergence of a new political phenomenon: digital populism. We asked Italian and English thinkers from different political and disciplinary backgrounds to contribute to an analysis of some fundamental points behind the rise of populism and the digital relations between masses, power and democracy at the dawn of the twenty-first century. This is the result of nine interviews carried out between May 2013 and February 2014 with Luciana Parisi, Tiziana Terranova, Lapo Berti, Simon Choat, Paolo Godani, Saul Newman, Jussi Parikka, Tony D. Sampson and Alberto Toscano.

Luciana Parisi and Tiziana Terranova’s Interview on “Crowd, Power and Post-democracy in the 21st Century

There is a translated double interview with Luciana Parisi and Tiziana Terranova on Rizomatika. The interview is also available and sharable in PDF format.

Previous interviews were held with: Parikka, Newman, Sampson, Choat, Toscano e Berti; and in Italian: Parikka, Newman, Sampson, Choat, Berti, Parisi & Terranova , Godani.

The final stage of the Crowd, Power and Post-democracy in the 21st Century project (freely published by Obsolete Capitalism and Rizomatika) is to become an e-book published in April.

More to follow…

 

 

 

Luciana Parisi, Italian, lives and works in London. She is Senior Lecturer in Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK) where she runs the PhD program at the Centre for Cultural Studies. Her research examines the links between science and philosophy, cybernetics and information, technology and policy in order to formulate a critique of capitalism and at the same time investigate the possibility of real change. During the nineties of the last century she has been working with the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick (UK) and has written several essays in collaboration with Steve Goodman (known in the music world as dominus of dubstep as Kode9). In 2004 she published the book “Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the
Mutations of Desire” (Continuum, London, 2004), where she described the critical impasse between the notions of body, sexuality, “gender” and the current status of the studies of science and technology. Her latest work on architectural models is “Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and Space” (MIT Press, USA, 2013).

Tiziana Terranova, Italian, lives and works in Naples. She is a contemporary researcher, and lecturer of ” Cultural Studies and Media ‘ and ‘ Cultural Theories and New Media” at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. After graduating from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Department of American, Cultural and Linguistic Studies at University of Naples she continued her research on media, cultural studies and new technologies, driven by a passion for this area. The study of these issues took place in England where she achieved a master’s degree in “Communications and Technology” at Brunel University. She also achieved the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths’ College in London. In the mid 90’s Tiziana Terranova dealt with technological subcultures, cyberpunk and published one of the first doctoral thesis on the internet newsgroups and the techno culture in California. Another important experience for her intellectual journey took place in London at the Department of Cultural Studies of the University of “East London” where she founded and directed along with Helene Kennedy one of the first courses in Multimedia, starting the new university course in “Media and New Media Studies”. Her current interests include digital culture and the phenomena that develop around it. Of international importance is her book “Culture Network” published in Italy in 2006 by Il Manifesto. Her last essay entitled ‘Capitalism cognitive and neural life’ was inserted in May 2013 e.Book issue called ‘The state of technological mediation’ by Giorgio Griziotti (Special Hypermedia – Alfabeta editions).