During this two-part talk, Cartographies of the Absolute Revisited: From the Invisibility of Industry to the Industries of Invisibility, Alberto Toscano and Jeff Kinkle revisit themes explored in their book Cartographies of the Absolute with a special focus on the differences and short-circuits between representations of capital and representations of the state. In part one Toscano reprises the main concerns of Cartographies in consideration of the 1960s Italian debate on "industry and literature" and the consequences of Italian "neo-capitalism" for poetry and the novel. He then reflects on the way in which in the 1970s the theme of "industry" is distorted beyond redemption in neo-noirs and political analyses. In the second part Kinkle continues this interrogation into an exploration of the "dual state" and the challenges it poses to political epistemology and representational practice. He explores various attempts in film, fine arts, and activism to figure a network whose structure and activities are often legally shrouded in secrecy, and beyond even legislative or judicial oversight.
Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation between Kant and Deleuze (2006), Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (2010) and is the translator of several books by Alain Badiou, Antonio Negri, and others.
Jeff Kinkle completed his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. His dissertation was on Guy Debord, parapolitics, and conspiracy theory. He is a member of the SITE magazine editorial board and the art-collectives Sakerna and Everyone Agrees.
This event is sponsored by the UIC Department of Art History and InterCcECT.