Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Mark Fisher discuss exhaustion, the financial crisis, aesthetic resistance and the ‘slow cancellation of the future’

In the 1970s in Italy, theorist and activist Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi was a key figure in the Autonomist movement. Autonomist ideas have been highly influential on recent anti-capitalist struggles, including Occupy. Berardi’s recent work has concentrated on the pathological effects of what he has termed ‘semiocapitalism’, powerfully analyzing the affective disorders that result from precarious labour and networked cyber-communication. In Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Zer0, 2009), Mark Fisher discussed depression as one of the effects of the domination of culture by neo-liberal capital. Here, Berardi and Fisher explore the similarities and differences in their understanding of the current political situation. Berardi’s The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance was published by Semiotext(e) in November 2012. Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures will be published by Zer0 in early 2013. 

I have apparently been missing a lot of stuff since I let my subscription to Frieze lapse.

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