Franco “Bifo” Berardi

OnCurating Issue 31 launch @ Motto Berlin, Jul 23

20 July 2016

OnCurating Issue 31: Spheres of Estrangement: Art, Politics and Curating is launching with a party at Motto Berlin on July 23.

The evening includes presentations and introductions by publisher Dorothee Richter  and editor Paul Stewart (on behalf of the editorial team). Penny Rafferty will read from ‘Vampires: Aesthetics to Ethics 1922-to the present day and there will be a performance lecture by Milos Trakilovic.

The issue includes contributions from Joesphine Baker-Heaslip, Jonas Becker, Franco ‘Bifo’ Beradi, Carson Chan, Anke Hennig, and others. It was born out of the Saas-fee summer institute of art and focuses on “estrangement the five editors have applied the thematic approaches from the school back into their own worlds”.

The issue asks “what artistic, architectural and curatorial approaches to estrangement offer current discourse in organisation, aesthetics and activism. The articles unpack estrangement for the political, social and cultural sprint of our time”.

See the FB event page for more details.**

Launch OnCurating issue 31 @ Motto, Jul 23

Joesphine Baker-Heaslip, ‘Let it all come down’ (2016). Installation view. Courtesy the artist.

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Disruption Network Lab 2 @ Kunstquartier Bethanien, May 29 + 30

27 May 2015

Disruption Network Lab will be taking over Berlin’s Kunstquartier Bethanien with their second event, titled CYBORG: Hacktivists, Freaks and Hybrid Uprisings, on May 29 + May 30.

The two-day event builds around the international launch of The Cyborg: A Treatise on the Artificial Man, written by political sci-fi theorist and activist Antonio Caronia. Curated by Disruption Network Lab director Tatiana Bazzichelli and curator Daniela SilvestrinCYBORG presents speeches, panels, and live cinema exploring the notion of cyborg identities and the power structures embedded in our modern interactions with technology.

Kicking off the programme with an introduction by sociologist and philosopher Franco “Bifo” Berardi, the first day also brings keynote speeches by cultural anthropologist Massimo Canevacci, as well as a panel discussion with trans/gender hacktivist and artist Helena Velena, artist and curator Janez Janša, and artist and hacktivist Agnese Trocchi.

The second day brings a short video by Giacomo Verde, speeches by Francesca Da Rimini and Virginia Barratt, and a panel with Jack Halberstam, Christopher Coenen and Stefan Greiner.

See the event page for details. **

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‘Data Murmur’ by Warren Neidech

'Data Murmur' by Warren Neidich.
1 April 2013

Berlin and LA-based artist Warren Neidich has added his part to the Great Internet Chatter with notable Italian political philosopher Franco “Bifo” Berardi playing mouth-piece, literally. A highly conceptual artist currently focussed on cognitive capitalism, this recent work uses a split screen to zoom in on Berardi reciting a random poem of HTML code.

With one side filmed at a distance, the other close up, Neidich explores the very animalistic reality of man in cyberspace that no amount of coding and programming can hide. Its asynchronous cadence making things disjointed and feel not quite right. How’s that for an opinion?**


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