• 00:01 Desire and drive
  • 03:09 Pop culture and politic
  • 06:30 Black Panther: something, not everything
  • 07:14 The left should not argue for democracy
  • 09:59 Cognitive capitalism vs Communicative capitalism
  • 11:28 Semiocapitalism vs Communicative capitalism
  • 11:51 Modes of exploitation in Communicative capitalism
  • 14:15 A new name for everything
  • 15:19 The decline of symbolic efficiency
  • 17:16 Attacking head-on the claim that communism didn't work
  • 18:19 Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism
  • 19:48 A party is a form that scales
  • 21:20 A party is a part, is partisan, is divisive
  • 22:26 Fragmentation and sectarism
  • 24:16 A party does not just mirror the factory
  • 26:22 A party of the proletarianized people
  • 27:17 Populism: trying to be everything to everyone
  • 28:29 Global-financial cities
  • 29:22 Green municipalism
  • 31:17 Not an alternative
  • 35:15 Liberate Tate
  • 35:57 Social achievements of class struggle
  • 38:24 Enthusiasm and circulation value
  • 40:13 Confidence
27/07/2018 42' 2''

English

Music commissioned to Anna Irina Russell. Editing by Antonio Gagliano. This podcast is part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

For years, the work of Jodi Dean (b. USA, 1962) has been activating debates in academia and activism, combining tools from the fields of political philosophy, feminism, and psychoanalysis. Dean describes a social landscape mediated by technology in which we vote and share huge amounts of arguments and opinions, but at the same time our capacity to change political structures has come to a grinding halt.

Communicative capitalism does in fact thrive on a network of interactions rather than the singularity of the people and contents that comprise it. It does not really matter what is conveyed or who does the conveying: circulation itself produces value. In the face of this paradox, Dean suggests reconstructing the Left, moving away from the demand for more participatory processes, greater consensus and better democracy, and instead placing the antagonism and power of partisan politics back at the centre of common life.

In this podcast we talk to Jodi Dean about communism as a still-latent project, about the Party as a scalable global form, about dystopian municipalism, anamorphic ecologies, and liberal democracies, about Not An Alternative and Liberate Tate as examples of sustainable activism practices at museums, about desires, enthusiasm, and trust, about the emotions captured inside social media, and about how to squash the impulse to constantly make up new names for everything.

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