By Gerald Raunig
During this "concise philosophy of the machine," Gerald Raunig presents a ancient and demanding backdrop to an idea proposed 40 years in the past through the French philosophers Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze: the computing device, no longer as a technical equipment and equipment, yet as a social composition and concatenation. This notion of the computer as an association of technical, physically, highbrow, and social parts subverts the competition among guy and computing device, organism and mechanism, person and group. Drawing from an strange variety of movies, literature, and performance--from the position of bicycles in Flann O'Brien's fiction to Vittorio de Sica's Neorealist movie The Bicycle Thieves, and from Karl Marx's "Fragment on Machines" to the deus ex machina of Greek drama--Raunig arrives at an stronger perception of the computing device as a social circulation, discovering its so much apt and urban manifestation within the Euromayday circulate, which on account that 2001 has develop into a transnational activist and discursive perform concentrated upon the precarious nature of work and lives.
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