Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Aristide Antonas, The Prison Island, 2022. Courtesy Aristide Antonas.

October 3, 2023
Yanis Varoufakis
IKA Otto Wagner Lecture 2023 (postponed)
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Lehárgasse 8
Studio Building
1060 Vienna
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The Otto Wagner Lecture 2023: IKA Institute for Art and Architecture has been postponed until further notice. 

The annual Otto Wagner Lecture gives the floor to speakers addressing a wide range of topical issues that are relevant to contemporary debates in architecture and can serve to expand them.

Keynote lecture: Yanis Varoufakis, “The New Enclosures: From tall border fences to our new technofeudal order”. Conversation: Ulrich Brand, Professor for International Politics, University of Vienna.

Fences begat capitalism, the notion of the liberal individual and, ultimately, financial globalisation. Instead of the level-playing and the open vistas of some “global village”, a Globalising Wall cut across our lands, seas and minds. And, then, following the 2008 crash, and the fences that privatised the original Internet, a new form of capital dominated the planet: cloud capital. In the process, and unbeknownst to us, social democracy, the liberal individual, indeed capitalism itself were killed off. What remains are New Enclosures supporting and solidifying a new technofeudal order. Resistance to it at a planetary level is the sole route to humanity’s survival. But is it likely? Is it even possible?

Lecture in English followed by a conversation between Yanis Varoufakis and Ulrich Brand. The Otto Wagner Lecture 2023 is a cooperation with the Bruno Kreisky Forum and the Department of Political Sciences, University of Vienna.

Yanis Varoufakis leads MeRA25 in Greece and is co-founder of the paneuropean movement DiEM25 as well as the Progressive International. An academic economist who served as Greece’s Finance Minister in 2015, Varoufakis is the author of best-selling books including Technofuedalism: What killed capitalism (Penguin 2023), Another Now (Penguin 2020), Adults in the Room (Penguin 2017), Talking to My Daughter (Penguin 2017), And the Weak Suffer What They Must? (Penguin 2016), The Global Minotaur (Zed Books 2011).

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