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Audio Now Online from Franco Berardi Talk on The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance

By Harriet Staff

Poetry and finance! Two great tastes that go great together, or something like that...one of the chapters is even called "Facism Femininity Futurism." Intrigued? Yes! Exciting news for those of us currently reading Franco "Bifo" Berardi's The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance (Semiotext(e) 2012) (we know you're out there). Berardi recently gave a talk at Pratt Institute's Critical & Visual Studies Department, and the audio from the talk has just been posted online. More info:

On November 14, 2012, the Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute welcomed Franco Berardi to speak as part of our department's series of lectures. His presentation focuses on the current European crisis, the debt, the current possibilities regarding fascism and war, and alternative political structures that might oppose the tendency to the right.

Franco Berardi is introduced by Matt Carlin, Assistant Professor of Social Science & Cultural Studies

Abstract: The relation between language and financial power, and the process of de-referencialization of semiotic signs in the poetry of the XIX and XXth Century (from Symbolism to Futurism to Ermetism and so on). But also the relation between the social revolt against financial domination and the place of poetry as social activation of the cognitarian body.

Franco Berardi Bifo is a writer, theorist and political activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975â81) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976â78). Involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970s, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Félix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. Bifo published the books After the future (2011), The Soul at Work (2010), Felix (2001), Cibernauti (1994), Mutazione e Cyberpunk (1993) and contributed to the magazines Semiotext(e), Chimères, Metropoli, and Musica 80. He is currently teaching at the European School for Social Imagination, in San Marino.

Originally Published: November 19th, 2012