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Antonio Negri

TO FORM, DE-FORM AND INAUGURATE: ANTONIO NEGRI

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2012/spring/feb08_AntonioNegri.shtml

RESEARCH FORUM SPRING TERM 2012
FORMARE, DEFORMARE, INAUGURARE / TO FORM, DE-FORM AND INAUGURATE
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Antonio Negri
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Jacopo Galimberti

N.B. This lecture will be delivered in Italian with accompanying text displayed in English

In his texts of the 1950s, the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty assigns artistic creation an ontological value, while at the same time qualifying its power: the artistic creation is a consistent deformation rooted in a subjective experience, but without positing a ‘stable’ subject (who creates and is in their turn caught within the internal movement of creation, who constructs and is at the same time constructed – this is the chiasmus upon which our ontological difference is based); it proceeds through ‘imbalances’ of the prosaic world order: displacements, lines of force, inaugurations, processes of emptying and psychological investment – by means of that activity going beyond the distinction between transformation and invention which Merleau-Ponty would term ‘prose’. His 1950s texts also, however, voice the need for a translation of the same analysis from the sphere of the artistic creation into that of politics. By which forces or energies and along which breaking lines should this translation take place? And then: from within the flesh of the world, in virtue of which inauguration?

Antonio Negri (1933) was Professor of Theory of the state atPadua University (Italy) and Director of the Padua University Political Science Institute. He subsequently taught inFrance, atParis VIII University, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Collège International de Philosophie. He has published several books on the history of modern philosophy (particularly on Spinoza and Marx) and numerous essays dealing with juridical and political theory, notably a trilogy, written together with Michael Hardt: Empire (Harvard U.P., 2000), Multitude (Penguin Books, 2004) and Commonwealth (Harvard U.P., 2009).

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