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ow is a research project focused on the transformation of the internet user in relation to labour. It draws from Benjamin Bratton's The Stack definition of user—anything able to interface with another user; whether human, animal, plant, mineral, machinic, algorithmic, etc.—to understand the idea of work in a different way.

To do so, the project sets a scenario where a Universal Basic Income is a prerequisite for a post-work society, undermining the classic idea of work and worker—a process began in the 70s with the rising of the post-fordist figure.

The internet user is, indeed, the latest iteration of a process of full identification between the post-fordist worker and his her job, where intellectual and affective labour are the main means of production and of subject-formation.

Reading

In no particular order:

Output

Working on:

  • The notion of "excess" energy by Georges Bataille

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    In connection also to The accursed share, an essay on general economy • Volume I, Consumption. more
  • Economies of Excess—parallax, 2001, vol. 7, no. 1, 1–2

    A reflection and expansion about the economies of excess, beginning from the seminal book “The Accursed Share” by Georges Bataille. Timely in its spotlight on the economies of excess this issue is an acknowledgement that Bataille’s economic theory now resonates far beyond France. An electrifying appraisal of everything from companionship and knowledge to surplus human consumption, corporeal production and transformation, technology, aesthetics, transnational child adoption, feminist international political economy and speed, economies of excess is guided but not conéned by the writings of Bataille, Baudrillard, Nietzsche, Virilio and Marx. Unravelling these and other signiécant cultural theorists of general ... more
  • Georges Bataille—The accursed share, an essay on general economy • Volume I, Consumption

    This first essay addresses, from outside the separate disciplines, a problem that still has not been framed as it should be, one that may hold the key to all the problems posed by every discipline concerned with the movement of energy on the earth—from geophysics to political economy, by way of sociology, history and biology. Moreover, neither psychology nor, in general, philosophy can be considered free of this primary question of economy. Even what may be said of art, of literature, of poetry has an essential connection with the movement I study: that of excess energy, translated into the ef... more