The future, Bifo argues, has failed us. Our responsibility now is to decide what comes next. Franco “Bifo” Berardi is an Italian critic and media activist. One of the . After the Future explores our century-long obsession with the concept of “the future. Franco Berardi, better known in the United States as “Bifo,” is an Italian. After the Future. By Franco “Bifo” Berardi. Edited by Gary Genosko and Nicholas Thoburn.

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AK Press- Philosophy – pages. Only if we are able to disentangle the future the perception of the future, the concept of the bufo, and the very production of the future from the traps of growth and investment will we find a way out of the vicious subjugation of life, wealth, and pleasure to the financial abstraction of semiocapital. Goodreads reviews for After the Future.

The painting is an allegory of the Tulip Mania, a first speculation bubble in 17th Century Holland. But at the same time, finance is an effect of the deterritorialization of wealth. Ini fdanco asal bacot.

After The Future

But this identification has to be abandoned and the concept of the future rethought. One of the founders of the notorious Radio Alice, a pirate radio station that became the voice of the autonomous youth movement of Bologna in the late s, Bifo is the author of multiple works of theory, including The Soul at Work, Precarious Rhapsody, and “The Post-Futurist Manifesto.

You are allowed to move around, to pan and zoom. But never mind that, more pressing is that he thinks that the “immaterial labour” in the new “semiocapitalism” breaks the “law of value” – ie.

Bifo repeats this yarn but skips the bits where the conservatives would decry the selfishness of the workers who want a better standard of living for shorter hours.

Weavers from Haarlem have thrown away their equipment and are following the car. Our future, Berardi argues, has come and gone; the concept has lost its usefulness. I had to read it for a class, and while I did not enjoy the middle sections of the book, it did make me think and it challenged some of my views. As a counterweight to the myth of progress, Berardi offers a kind of ad hoc, decentralized poetic resistance movement that will have to be built along totally new lines, the old forms of activism having been exhausted.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is about expanding the global volume of exchange value for the sake of profit. His last book titled After the Future is published AKpress.

A really good and important book. This represents a greater concern with ideas and cultural expectations than the determinist-materialist expression of a Marxism which is often confined tne purely economic or systemic analysis. Use effects only if they are built in. The external machine that the Futurists idolized; the machine that can be used by the worker to expedite material progress; this machine is no longer an object of utility. As usual when theorists engage with electronic culture there is little technical understanding or direct engagement, with the result that they end up atter repeating the same old piffle that the tech-propagandists would like you to believe, simply putting a pessimistic spin on it instead of picking away at the material details and showing what a lot of waffle and wishful-thinking pervades the world of start-ups and the TED circuit and the consultancy vampires.

They reached back to a mid-nineteenth century ban on masking to arrest occupiers wearing as little as a folded bandana on the forehead, leaving little doubt about their fear of Carnival as a potent form of political protest. But with the erosion of the industrial structure, every individual is now expected to be an entrepreneur. After the Future explores our century-long obsession with the concept of “the future.

After the Future by Franco Bifo Berardi

There are no enemies, no persons with whom to negotiate. Marinetti’s “Futurist Manifesto” and the worldwide race toward a new and highly mechanized society that defined the “Century of Progress,” highly betardi media activist Franco Berardi traces the genesis of future-oriented thought through the punk movement of the early ’70s and into the media revolution of the ’90s.

Growth is a cultural concept more than an economic criterion for the evaluation of social health and well-being. It is the transversal function of immaterialization and the performative action of indexicality—statistics, figures, indexes, fears, and expectations are not linguistic representations of some economic referent that can be found somewhere in the physical world, as signifiers referring to a signified.

The entirety of the wealth that workers produced was poured into the strongboxes of a minuscule minority of exploiters and speculators. What would it take to achieve what we assume our condition to be? There is also an obscurity in whether he wants to tell a trad Marxist story about monopolies emerging to dominate capitalist markets that’s the lesson he draws from the Dot Com crash at the start of the decade, when framco entrepeneurs were dissolving away berarsi getting absorbed back in to corporate wage slaveryor if he sees a contrary pattern of corporates going bust and decoposing away in the new disconnected economy in the later chapters at the end of the decade.


Present day urban capitalism breaks down traditional ties and the sense of connection to history and tradition; it produces alienated individuals anonymous and remote from each other, devoid of sensitivity and poetry and lost in the crassness of materialism.

As a counterweight to the myth of progress, Berardi offers a kind of ad hoc, decentralized poetic resistanc Berardi makes the case that the 20th century was based on aftre view of the future that is now obsolete. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Open Preview See a Problem? Without embarking on epistemological definitions, I would simply say that science is a form of knowledge free of dogma, that can extrapolate general laws from the observation of empirical phenomena, and that can therefore predict something about what will happen next.

Workers rent out their thf time in anticipation of receiving wages and having time off to actually experience life. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. But this accommodation leaves us to depression and panic and sometimes, to suicide. Bifo is good at talking about Italian politics and the “anomaly” that it was the scene of a radical left politics not seen anywhere else in Europe.

Energy is fading also because basic physical resources such as oil are doomed to extinction or dramatic depletion. It is dependent, rather, on the distribution of wealth and the balance between tue expectations and the availability of physical and semiotic goods. For the human intellect, the future is the realm of possibility; the spaces unexplored and undeveloped; the promise of fture happiness and prosperity. I must resist simply because I cannot know what will happen after the future, and I must preserve the consciousness and sensibility of social nerardi, of human empathy, afetr gratuitous activity — of freedom, equality, and fraternity.

Situating Ourselves in Displacement Murmurae. Time and Time Again John Zerzan. It can be defined as a mathematical cancer traversing a large part of society.