On the notion of the political in postmarxist theory.


Miguel Abensour
Is there a proper way to use the voluntary servitude hypothesis?

The Transformation of Structural Causality in Late Modernity 

Propositions on Subject and History

Filippo del Lucchese
The symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza 

Jura communia as anima imperii

Warren Montag
Althusser and the Question of Origin
Hegel sive Spinoza

Jacques Rancière
On the political and theoretical effects of Althusserian Marxism
Althusser's Lesson

Michael Löwy
Romanticism and Zivilisationskritik
Walter Benjamin

V. Desclaux, K. Diefenbach M. Dolar, D. Hoens, A. Kukuljevic,
Deleuze, Guattari, Lacan II
The impossible encounter

Michaela Ott
Reading Spinoza with Nietzsche
Deleuze's affective “thinking with”

Emiliano Battista, Vanessa Brito, Jack H. Fischer
Book presentation
Becoming major, becoming minor

Sara Farris, Peter Thomas
Counter-politicisation of the non-political
The theory of politics in the young Marx

Lars T. Lih
The Unifying Theme of his Political Career
Lenin's Scenario of Class Leadership

Rodrigo Nunes
The politics of Badiou and Deleuze/ Guattari
Subject, event, separation

Rodrigo Nunes
Politics, poetics + popular culture in Brazilian cinema 1962-1979
'Stronger are the powers of the people' I

Thomas Seibert
Reading Badiou with and against his postmarxist contemporaries
Politics unbound

Kathrin Thiele
Nietzsche with Deleuze II
The thought of becoming

International conference
Becoming-major, becoming-minor

Marina Gržinić
Global capitalism, necropolitics and contemporary art

Roberto Esposito
The dispositif of the person

International Conference
Encountering Althusser

Conference material: schedule, abstracts, articles
Encountering Althusser

Antke Engel
Queer/ing Images of Sexuality and Economy
The Surplus of Paradoxes

Matteo Mandarini
Negri's encounter with Guattari: the elision of Lenin
Communists like us

Ruth Sonderegger
A cinematic diagnosis of biopolitics
The cinema of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Christian Kerslake
The specter of an unsolved problematic
The Meanings of Immanence in Deleuze's Philosophy

Luca Basso, Vittorio Morfino
A French Marx
The singular, the trans-individual and the common

Pier Vittorio Aureli, Andrea Cavaletti, Katja Diefenbach, Mark Purcell, Miguel Robles-Duran, Lukasz Stanek, Roemer van Toorn, Peter Trummer, Sven-Olov Wallenstein
State-space symposium no. 1
Biopolitics of scale

Paul Hegarty, Vanessa Theodoropoulos, Jean Louis Violeau
Against the economic: Reading Baudrillard with Bataille, Lacan, Marx, and Debord
A Workshop on Baudrillard

Lecture of Tom Rockmore at the International Institute for Research and Education, Amsterdam
Is Marx a Fichtean?

Martin Saar
Negri on Power
Political Spinozism

Steve Wright
The Refusal of Labor
Tronti's Legacy

Massimo De Angelis, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Anne Querrien
The production of commons, subjectivity and space
Communists like us

A. Auerbach, K. Diefenbach, S. Dillemuth, M. Vishmidt
The politics of bohemia

Maria Muhle
From Foucault to Rancière
Politics, police and power

Manfred Hermes
Narrative strategies of subjectivisation in Fassbinder’s "Berlin Alexanderplatz"
In the figurative sense

Serhat Karakayali
On political hegemony and militant becoming: Gramsci and Deleuze
The poetics of knowledge

Ruben Martinez, Jaron Rowan, Marina Vishmidt, Katja Diefenbach
The cultural producer as model of the post-fordist worker
In the mood for work

Grahame Lock
The actuality of Althusser's thinking
Dictatorship of the proletariat as political science

Judith Hopf
The imposition of creative work
Hey production!

Raul Zelik
Notes on asymmetric warfare and governance
Sovereign police

Judith Hopf

The imposition of creative work
Hey production!

Currently our capitalist times are characterized by a call for an allround mobilization of your abilities. The bohemian and the artist become both, an as ideological as materialist role model for being ready for productive exposure whereby an entire life is subsumed under the process of valorization. In the course of the ongoing transition to postfordist capitalism Judith Hopf is seizing the opportunity to pose the question of not having to be able. In doing so she insists on the difference between a capitalist making possible of what is valorizable and potentiality. As the latter equally consists of moments of not-happening, evading, becoming embarrassing. Against the primacy of succesful knowledge and sovereign activity in academia and art field, in that well-known "patriarchal-folkloristic system", as Judith puts it, her videos tell about the moment when things are starting to go wrong. In this sense they introduce the very moment when reality becomes real and the political emerges as non-sovereign de-subjectifying instant.

Judith Hopf will screen a series of her recent videos and will talk about the question of impossibility

Türen (Doors) 2007, 4 min; Hospital Bone Dance 2006, 7 min; Le PingPong d'amour 2006, 30 min; Uninvited 2005, 15 min; Bei mir zu dir (At me to you) 2003, 21 min (together with Stephan Geene); Hey Produktion 2001, 7 min

In the mids of the 90ies Judith Hopf organized the event series supersalons at bbooks in Berlin. Alongside she started to work in the media of video, drawing, performance and installation, often in the framework of collective groups like A-clip and the Team PingPong. In her movies she investigates the increasing imposition of creative work and the interpellation to become a succesful entrepreneur of one's own abilities. From 2001 to 2005 she was guest lecturer at the Merz Academy Stuttgart, afterwards she worked as guest professor of sculpture and video art at the Kunsthochschule, Berlin-Weissensee, and last year at the University of Arts, Berlin.

Exhibitions: 2007 Doors, Portikus Frankfurt (together with Henrik Olesen); 2006 Secession; No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs at Night, Kunst-Werke, Berlin; What do you look like, a crypto damonic mystery, Casco Institute for Art and Design, Utrecht; The Uninvited, WBD Berlin; Happyness, Berlin Biennale, Gagosian Gallery Berlin; 40 Jahre Video Kunst.de, Kunsthalle Bremen; Judith Hopf/ Katrin Pesch, Saki Satom, Michaela Schweigers, Klaus Weber, Galerie Walbröl, Düsseldorf; 2005 100 Radiodays, De Appel Museum, Amsterdam; Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist´s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; 2004 Shizorama, Institute of Contemporary Art Moskau; Atelier Europa, Kunstverein München; Open Screening, White Chapel Gallery, London; Das Politische ist privat – und peinlich, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien.