Michael Hardt on the significance of Autonomia Operaia
and the launch of e-flux journal #44

Michael Hardt on the significance of Autonomia Operaia
and the launch of e-flux journal #44


Michael Hardt.
May 8, 2013
Michael Hardt on the significance of Autonomia Operaia and the launch of e-flux journal #44

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Michael Hardt at e-flux
Sunday, May 12, 6pm
311 East Broadway
New York

On the occasion of Rossella Biscotti’s The Trial, join us for a talk by Michael Hardt. Having co-written with Antonio Negri the trilogy of books beginning with Empire in 2001, the political philosopher and literary theorist will discuss the significance of Autonomia Operaia in relation to contemporary struggles to shape democracy in our present time. Has the Occupy movement informed or shifted our conception of what the multitude can mean and how it assembles? How has the legacy of 1960s and ’70s Italian political thought allowed us to discover emancipatory potentials within informal, caring, or even artistic labor?

Michael Hardt is a political philosopher and literary theorist currently based at Duke University, North Carolina. His recent writings focus primarily on deciphering various aspects of globalization in dialogue with the ideas of various thinkers such as Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Antonio Gramsci, and Thomas Jefferson. His most famous works, Empire (2000), Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004), and Commonwealth (2009) were written in collaboration with Antonio Negri and, according to some, became major events in political and critical theory. Hardt and Negri’s most recent publication, Declaration (2012), analyzes the legacies and challenges posed by the cycle of struggles that began in 2011, including the indignados in Spain and Occupy in the US. Michael Hardt is also the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993), Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State Form (co-written with Antonio Negri, 1994), Radical Thought in Italy (co-edited with Paolo Virno, 1996), and The Jameson Reader (with Kathi Weeks, 2000).

Rossella Biscotti, The Trial
May 11–July 20, 2013

Opening performances:
Saturday May 11, 12–6pm
Sunday May 12, 12–6pm

With Franco Barchiesi, Paolo Carpignano, Marco Desiriis, Michael Hardt, Adelita Husni Bey, Piero Passacantando, Alessandra Pomarico, Alessandra Renzi, Miriam Tola, Chiara Vecchiarelli, and others. Further details will be posted here.

Opening reception: Saturday, May 11, 6–8pm
Exhibition hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 12–6pm


Issue launch of e-flux journal #44, (Im)practical (Im)possibilities, guest-edited by Carlos Motta
Tuesday, May 14, 6-8pm
311 East Broadway
New York

Join us on May 14 at e-flux, where Gregg Bordowitz, Malik Gaines, Pati Hertling and Eileen Miles, and Carlos Motta together with Julieta Aranda will discuss the role of creative strategies of queer resistance in contemporary art, activism, and cultural production.

Gregg Bordowitz is a writer and artist. His most recent book, General Idea: Imagevirus, was published as part of Afterall Books’ “One Work” series. Bordowitz is currently the Program Director of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

Malik Gaines is an artist and writer in New York. With the collective My Barbarian, he has presented work nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Hammer Museum, LA; Museo El Eco, Mexico City; and Participant Inc., New York. He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from UCLA and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Hunter College, CUNY, teaching combined media, performance, and theory.

Pati Hertling is an attorney and independent curator. From 2005 to 2010, she organized Evas Arche und der Feminist, a monthly series of salon events presenting works by two artists for one night, first in Berlin and later in New York. She recently founded Le Potage de Madame Zazouf, a monthly performance salon in New York City. She is also co-curating the 2013 Fire Island Performance Series.

Eileen Myles is a poet. Snowflake/different streets (poems, 2012) is the latest of her 18 books. Inferno (a poet’s novel) came out in 2010. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America awarded Eileen the Shelley Prize. She is a Professor Emeritus of Writing at UC San Diego. She’s a 2012 Guggenheim fellow.

Carlos Motta is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been presented at the Tate Modern, London; Guggenheim Museum, New Museum and MoMA PS1, New York; Museu Serralves Porto; Castello di Rivoli; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá; X Lyon Biennale; and in many other independent spaces around the world. Motta is a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow; and is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design and The Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. Motta guest-edited e-flux journal #44.

Julieta Aranda is an artist currently living and working between Berlin and New York. Aranda’s work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Witte de With (2013), MACRO Roma (2012), dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), N.B.K. (2012), the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and Portikus, Frankfurt (2011); amongst others. As co-director of e-flux together with Anton Vidokle, Julieta Aranda has developed the projects Time/Bank, Pawnshop, and e-flux video rental.

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