By Matteo Pasquinelli
In the course of a time while pop stars turn into well-known due to intercourse tapes which were leaked on-line, it's transparent that the web isn't really resistant to the draw of the media. but artwork, academia and activism proceed to advertise the net as an untouched utopia. Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons addresses the double ordinary dominating modern media discourse and shatters the myths of inventive commons, unfastened software program and open-source events, suggesting that "free tradition" is an fiscal parasite siphoning cash via peer-to-peer networks. Theorist and electronic fetishist Matteo Pasquinelli makes use of the metaphor of the animal body--which Paul Virilio has characterised as instinctual and reactionary--to counter what he sees as a capitalist exploitation of collective imagery, calling for an intensive new realizing of the forces at paintings at the back of the electronic financial system and cultural creation.
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Agamben believes that it is better not to feed a further mythological machine (by replacing humanism with animalism for instance), but to suspend finally the animal-man separation. indd 40 02-12-2008 13:42:32 the dark side of the multitude However, it is not here a question of trying to trace the no longer human or animal contours of a new creation that would run the risk of being equally as mythological as the other. As we have seen, in our culture man has always been the result of a simultaneous division and articulation of the animal and the human, in which one of the two terms of the operation was also what was at stake in it.
The notion of code inherits the modern gnosis of collective intelligence and the postmodernist cult of the simulation (think of The Matrix, where Baudrillard is cast as the philosopher of hackers). 3 Flow becomes – like code – an endless and abstract space of linear expansion; it is a cheap form of Spinozian ontology. Between code and flow, however, resides surplus. Surplus is the excess of energy, but also its accumulation. Most importantly, it always implies asymmetry, friction and conflict. A new interpretation or contemporary revision of surplus is needed; a reading consistent with the classical definitions provided by Marx and Bataille, if something like a canonical tradition of the concept can be said to exist.
Indd 35 02-12-2008 13:42:31 animal spirits Compared with previous elaborations, the multitude here reveals a sort of biomorphic unconscious, traversed by a manifest and latent contents, formed simultaneously by natural drives and civilized language. 17 If Virno is still fond of this version of collective intelligence as a unifying foundation, it is only in terms of the more ambivalent conception of the katechon. This Greek word, used by the apostle Paul in his Second Epistle to the Thessalonians and then constantly referred to in conservative doctrine, means ‘that which restrains’ – a force that defers, over and over again, total destruction.