03/11/2015 45' 17''

In the book 'Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide', Italian writer and activist Franco “Bifo” Berardi examines the phenomenon of suicidal mass murders from a standpoint that combines linguistics, psychology, economics, entertainment and political analysis. For Berardi, the waves of massacres in schools, movie theaters and other public spaces provide clues not only about the perpetrators and their immediate backgrounds, but (especially) about the social and political conditions that trigger these acts of extreme aggression and monstrous heroism. The book deconstructs the killings in order to expose some of the most pressing glitches in the hypercapitalist machine: the many forms of automatism driving the system, a workspace dominated by competition which Bifo has previously described as 'fractalized work', a permanent state of fear and psychological war, and the obscenity of self representation in what Adam Curtis called “The Century of the Self”.
SON[I]A talks to Bifo about mass killings in relation to cinema, mental health, neuroplasticity, friendship, irony and, ultimately, hope.
Timeline
00:23 Introduction
01:49 'Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide'
04:50 Heroes in the time of competition
09:58 Irony and autonomy, the only way out
14:20 Automatism, the new power
19:36 Reprogramming the world with friendship
26:27 Neuroplasticity
34:14 Cinema, an imagination device
40:51 Art as a way of reactivating the collective body

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