The Sadness of Post-Workerism

AuthorDavid Graeber
Date2008
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http://www.commoner.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/graeber_sadness.pdf


“ART AND IMMATERIAL LABOUR” CONFERENCE

A SORT OF REVIEW

 

On the 19 th of January, several of the heavyweights of Italian post-Workerist theory—Toni Negri, Bifo Berardi, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Judith Revel— appeared at the Tate Modern to talk about art. This is a review.Or, it is a review in a certain sense. I want to give an account of what happened. But Ialso want to talk about why I think what happened was interesting and important. For me at least,this means addressing not only what was said but just as much, perhaps, what wasn’t; and askingquestions like “why immaterial labor ?”, and “why did it make sense to all concerned to bring agroup of revolutionary theorists over from Italy to talk about art history in the first place?”Asking these questions will allow me to make some much broader points about the nature of art,politics, history, and social theory, which I like to think are at least as interesting and potentiallyrevealing than what happened in the actual debate.

 

Recordings of Conference proceedings here…

http://archive.org/details/ArtAndImmaterialLabour

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