Northwestern University

Apr
29
Fri 4:00 PM

Departmental Lecture Series

1960s ITALY

When: Friday, April 29, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM  

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Prof. Domietta Torlasco   847.491.8269

Group: Department of French and Italian

Category: Academic

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With Karen Pinkus

Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, Department of Romance Studies

Cornell University

 

HAND / MACHINE / WRITING / POLITICS IN 1960s ITALY

Italy of the 60s--can we say “the last days of analogue”?--was a fruitful laboratory for thinking (political) autonomy and (factory) automation. Italian theorists “discovered” the young Marx and worked through a relation between labor and machines while cyberart flourished and intellectuals celebrated machinic writing. The optimism of this period may seem naive today if inserted into a genealogy that moves through the digital, postfordist labor, globalization, accelerationism and so on. We might well critique the Italian situation as a kind of benevolent or soft capitalism that has now evolved into (the perhaps oxymoronic) “sustainable development”; or as “good design” that has evolved into the “design thinking” of engineers. What can we learn from 60s Italy--beyond nostalgia--that could be productive today?

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