"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
1. Bifo on critical pedagogy: A rousing and provocative talk by Bifo at the Brera Academy in Milan (see here for entire transcript). A couple of excerpts:
I would like to talk about something that everybody knows, but that, so it seems, no one has the boldness to say. That is, that the time for indignation is over. Those who get indignant are already starting to bore us. Increasingly, they seem to us like the last guardians of a rotten system, a system without dignity, sustainability or credibility. We don’t have to get indignant anymore, we have to revolt.
Arise. In the dictionary, the word ‘Insurrection’ is described in different ways. But I stick to the etymology. To me, the word insurrection means to rise up, it means to take on ourselves our dignity as human beings, as workers, as citizens in an uncompromising way. But it also means something else. It means to fully unfold the potency of the body and of collective knowledge, of society, of the net, of intelligence. To entirely unfold what we are, in a collective way. This is the point. Those who say that insurrection is a utopia are sometimes cynics, sometimes just idiots. Those who say that it is not possible to revolt, don’t take into account the fact that, to us, almost everything is possible. Only, this ‘almost everything’ is subjugated by the miserable obsession for profit and accumulation. The obsession for profit and accumulation led our country and all European countries to the verge of a terrifying catastrophe, into which we are now sinking, and we should realize we are already quite far into it. It is the catastrophe of barbarism and ignorance.
2. Giorgio Agamben Lecture: Agamben is speaking at Kingston University on March 28th. Details below:
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy
Kingston University London
Monday 28 March 2011, 6.00-8.00pm
‘What is a Commandment?’
Giorgio Agamben, Visiting Professor, Philosophy, University of Paris 8
Venue: Clattern Lecture Theatre, Main Building,
Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston University
The event is free and will be followed by a reception
3. UCL Occupation: UCL students have gone back into occupation. They are occupying the university registry in solidarity with staff. A statement has been released here. As I type, I learn that Goldsmiths students have also occupied the Deptford Town Hall (further occupations continue at Aberystwyth, Glasgow, Liverpool, and Manchester). For those of you who may be interested, a documentary of the UCL occupation that took place during the autumn term is soon to be released. Here is a trailer: