Touched Talk: Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi – Acceleration of the Infosphere, psychopathology and the ambiguity of therapy

Biennial-touched-100image WEDNESDAY 20 October, 18.30 at Biennial Visitor Centre
We can reach every point in the world but, more importantly, we can be reached from any point in the world. Privacy and its possibilities are abolished. Attention is under siege everywhere. Not silence but uninterrupted noise, not the red desert, but a cognitive space overcharged with nervous incentives to act: this is the alienation of our times… Touched Talks are free but booking is essential – click here to book tickets.

To be touched increasingly means to be in touch. Franco Berardi Bifo is a writer, media-theorist and media-activist. Over many years he has analysed the relation between the changing nature of work and the increasing use by capitalism of communication technologies and culture to generate value out of our creativity and emotions. In this lecture he will discuss sensibility and the psychopathology implied in the connective mutation of the general intellect. What are the possibilities for a therapy that is conceived in terms of social control to become a new path of autonomisation from the capitalist domination of the mind?

Franco Berardi founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff  of Radio Alice, the fi rst free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978). Like other intellectuals involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970s, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Felix Guattari in the fi eld of schizoanalysis. From his numerous publications Felix, Precarious Rhapsody and The Soul at Work have appeared in English.

Venue: Biennial Visitor Centre (52 renshaw street, L1 4PN)