Is a problem of trust.
“Crypto money, crypto-contracts, crypto-currencies will turn contract law into a programming language. The normative rule of law is shifting into the crypto rule of language that is engaging people in social an economic relations”.
Franco Bifo Bernardi in Money Lab. Roar Magazine have a superb review of the topics discussed.
Contemporary art: what is the norm? What is the rule? What is the scale and what is at stake? Some would answer that the main regulator might be the market. In some places on the planet, like Stockholm, the field of artistic research appears as a clear alternative fount of resources for artists to develop their work and eventually to make a living out of it. If the traditional market implies trading objects, how and where do you trade research in art?
Martin Fredriksson, Palle Torsson, Donatella Bernardi, Sonja Schillings, Leif Dahlberg, Rasmus Fleischer, Samira Ariadad, Kuba Szreder, James Arvanitakis, Marysia Lewandowska, Geraldine Juárez, Magnus Eriksson, Boris Magrini, Sara Wolfert
Saturday 26 April 10:00-18:00 at Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Hus 28
“While legislators and policymakers simply outlaw piracy as theft, others see it as a form of resistance that aims to develop a critical agency within the confines of normalized societies. Are pirates actually entrepreneurs in the same way as artists? The experimental conference Whitewashing Piracy in the State of Normalcy is a full-day event with talks on piracy, biopiracy, piracy as friendship, its relation to capitalism, the undoing of property and hacking as art”
“In the beginning of May, Furtherfield Gallery in London will open the exhibition The Piracy of Friendship documenting and reflecting on the history of the Piratbyrån group and featuring works of among others Evan Roth, Polymarchs, James Cauty and Geraldine Juárez. The central theme is the friendship relations that emerge with piracy and the exchange of media and information in closely-knit groups and how this can form the basis of artistic practices.” (Geraldine Juárez and Magnus Eriksson, Piracy as Friendship — Exposition of an Exhibition)
I made a new song in Renoise about the dark tongues used by financialisation to make free trade agreements, surveillance programs, laws, financial programs and assets, and technical infrastructure familiar to all of us.
IT SEEMES THAT HUMAN BEINGS NOT ONLY SPEAK AND SPEAK LANGUAGES. THEY ALSO BREAK AND SCATTER THEM, WITH ALL THEIR REASON, IN THE SOUNDS AND LETTERS OF TONGUES MADE MULTIPLE AND DARK. – DARK TONGUES
Bruno Latour held a lecture in the Black Diamant library in Central Copenhagen last wednesday. Under the title “The affect of capitalism”, the basic premise of the lecture was to question what will happen if we get rid of “the economy”?
For me, probably rainbows will appear in the sky and all kind of beautiful phenomena will emerge.
Good news, the lecture is on You Tube already.
I was specially interested in how he described our relation with capitalism as a “pathological spiritual masochism”, a fascination for defragmentation, and that is why he propose to abandon the word all the way, because just thinking about capitalism – as a way to be affected by the world – and any discussion associated with economics , render the most of us helpless.
His description of financialisation as infinitecialisation is also very apt when you consider the religious and fake nature of economics, which leads to break boundaries constantly and therefore set the stage for “transcendent capitalism”: unbound, unregulated, extraterrestrial.
I founded a bit ironic he refers to the earth as Gaia, but when you think in Gaia the images of volcanoes exploding , floods and tsunamis became much clear than the also very real concept of global warming. But also, Gaia has historicity. That is why he didn’t let pass the chance of situating the negative affect of capitalism within the Anthropocene, the mix of geology with human action, and which is often indistinguishable from each other. The economy is subverting the planet earth and what will define time will be the winner: ecology or the economy. However, if we don’t get rid of capitalism, Gaia will and is doing so, the earth is just shaking it away.
The proposal of Latour is to go back to nature, first nature, kind of “Bring enterprise down to earth” and for do so he gives 11 points to consider, understand and act against the fallacy of trascendental capitalism. (Hence his tone at the end)
11. Economist can’t interpret the world
1. Economics marketing, finance, administration, business, etc.. do no not make science they are just a set of disciplines.
2. Economics as market organization should not be transformed into a system and certainly not a natural system
3. You need to be radical with an unfair destructive system. Capitalism is not transcendent is just the narrative fabricated around it.
4. if true economy comes with liberty there is no reason why liberty shouldn’t be expended vs the artificial economy. (Liberalism means not letting anything go, not letting anything pass)
5. Economy is the suspension of faith.
6. Trascendent capitalism: Time and space coordination had been suspended. Future and past has been turned into utopia. Capitalism is NOT transcendent.
7. There is a deep contradiction in the unleashing of boundless technology and the actual history of economics.
8. Market organization is clashing with the earth. Gaia. This new fight define ourselves. There is nothing natural in the market organization.
9. Homo economicus basically suck in every sense.
10. Destruction can’t be unmade. There is no faith in a landscape of inequalities.
He ended with an update on the slogan of the anti-globalization movement, Seattle style:
“Align with the globe vs the global”.
My only surprise was that he didn’t mentioned geo-engineering as the response of capitalism to the innevitable revolt of Gaia. Is not that capitalists forces are tinkering how to respond, they do have a response prepared and as Philip Mirowski explains in “Never let a serious crisis go into waste”, geo-engineering in many ways is the end of goal of neoliberalism.
At the end of the lecture, the economy, disguised as Carlsberg, made a ridiculous presentation about their foundation and great beer that made possible that lecture. Almost it felt as a test about the lecture. Felt so incredibly wrong but also a great performance to make clear how capitalism has the power of render helpless to the most of us while giving so much optimistic energy to some enterprises like Carlsberg - and pretend Latour didn’t say anything at all.
The political forms that we once knew—the nation-state, sovereignty, democratic participation, political parties, international law—have come to the end of their history. They remain part of our lives as empty forms, but contemporary politics assumes the form of an “economy”, that is, a government of things and of men. So that our only recourse is to think integrally, based on the principle that we previously defined with the expression, which is otherwise so obscure, of “political life”.
More mashmallows, less bitcoins.