Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity
By Gerald Raunig, Semiotext(e) / MIT Press 2013, 168 pages, ISBN 97 81 584351 160
Gerald Raunig's new book unfolds the worlds of cognitive and creative labour as new territories of existence and resistance. Based on a thorough critique of the "mode of modulation" in which we constantly reform and deform ourselves and the worlds around us, the book draws lines of desertion into other, molecular forms of living and organizing. In the last years new social movements have been centring on the re-appropriation of space and time. Here and now, the university as factory of knowledge becomes a place of condensation, of assembly, and of re-appropriation of space, and the industry of creativity turns into a plane of wild, disobedient, non-subservient industriosity.
"In Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity, Gerald Raunig composes a diagnosis of present times drawing a diagram of powers that combines at least three levels of analysis: the contemporary political and social movements from the coasts of the Mediterranean to the USA; a genealogy that shows the tendencies, the origins, and drifts in the fields of knowledge and cultural work; and finally, at the conceptual level, problems that have traversed political philosophy for decades, if not centuries, such as the question of the relationship of multitude and singularity or the radical critique of representation." (Roberto Nigro).
Looking at recent social struggles including the university strikes in Europe, the Spanish Democracia real YA organization, the Arab revolts, and the Occupy movement, Raunig argues for a reassessment of the importance of cultural and knowledge production. The central role of the university, he asserts, is not as a factory of knowledge but as a place of creative disobedience.
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