Bifo on the Collapse of Modern Hope

“For historicist thinking and militant practice refuse to consider depression as a cognitive element, and this is a limit, one that today, for example, prevents us from being lucid about understanding the collapse of modern hope.  We should understand that the collapse of modern hope is certainly a disaster, but that it also contains elements that we should succeed in understanding, granted that our humanistic, socialist, illuminist, communist, values no longer have any place.  And this is depression, when you realize that your desire no longer has any place in the real.  This is the deep core of depression.  If you insist in not wanting to see this fact, you end up continuing to use tools that prevent you from acting.”

I’m reading, and enjoying, Bifo’s Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography, has anyone out there read it, any thoughts/comments to share with us here?

4 responses to “Bifo on the Collapse of Modern Hope

  1. Not yet. After Precarious Rhapsody, The Soul at Work, and Insurrection of the Body, as well as a bunch of essays, I’m taking a break from Bifo. I enjoy his work too and find his Baudrillardian turn pretty interesting, but at the same time his work is pretty symptomatic of what he is describing. “Depression”, “exhaustion”, “senilisation”- his repetitious texts, which are getting a bit like Zizek’s at this point in terms of feeling like the same book over and over again, seem pretty much like expressions of those same psychopathological effects of semiocapital.

    Is this the text where he talks more about his reading of (and collaboration with) Felix Guattari?

    • that’s the one, he goes on to say:
      “The truth is a bridge over the abyss of sense. But you cannot travel over this bridge if you do not share the intensive world of whoever constructed it to traverse the abyss. It is not a question of sharing his reasoning, nor of expressing agreement, because it is not a matter of the content of argumentative activity. It is a matter of conceptual creations, that is, of projections capable of creating a world, of constructing traversable bridges.
      The truth does not consist in finding a sense around which to construct consensus, but consists in projecting worlds endowed with sense for whomever shares the intensity that is the motor of this projection”

      If one were take his clue and to substitute “traversable bridge” (what I would call a prototype, William James a living option, Wittgenstein a perspicuous presentation) where Bifo talks “world” here than I think that this offers the blogosphere an interesting alternative to experiment with.

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