A discussion with Italian writer, media theorist, and media activist Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘Big Ideas’ talk series – a platform for renowned speakers, from scholars and thinkers to curators and artists, to share and discuss their current research and work.
Covering topics from his recent publication, AND: Phenomenology of the End, Berardi analyses the changes taking place in our aesthetic and emotional sensibility today, which he claims are the result of capitalism’s capture of our inner resources and processes: how we experience time, the way we relate to each other, and our ability to imagine a future.
He shows how we have arrived at such a complex point that we are no longer able to process the excessive currents of information that flow through smartphones and screens. Ultimately, these sensory and emotional devices destroy our sensibility by submitting it to the stress of competition and acceleration.
This event is now fully booked. A waiting list for returns will open at 11am on the morning of the event.
Part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘Big Ideas’ talk series – a platform for renowned speakers, from scholars and thinkers to curators and artists, to share and discuss their current research and work.
Supported by the Stanley Picker Trust.
Franco Berardi, aka ‘Bifo’, founder of the famous ‘Radio Alice’ in Bologna and an important figure of the Italian Autonomia Movement, is a writer, media theorist, and media activist. He currently teaches Social History of the Media at the Accademia di Brera, Milan.