Welcome to spend a day with the thinker and activist Franco Berardi. We will dedicate the day to discuss the role of art and the artist in times of semio-capitalism, fractalization, trumpification and precarious working conditions. What kind of artistic practices are relevant and what is possible, what tools are needed and how are institutions to act and support.

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.

Read more about the ideas of Franco Berardi...

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s newest book analyses the contemporary changes taking place in our aesthetic and emotional sensibility-changes the author claims are the result of semio-capitalism’s capturing of the inner resources of the subjective process: our experience of time, our sensibility, the way we relate to each other, and our ability to imagine a future. Precarization and fractalization of labor have provoked a deep mutation in the psychosphere, and this can be seen in the rise of psychopathologies such as post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, panic, and attention deficit disorder. Sketching out an aesthetic genealogy of capitalist globalization, Berardi shows how we have arrived at a point of such complexity in the semiotic flows of capital that we can no longer process its excessive currents of information. A swarm effect now rules: it has become impossible to say “no.” Social behavior is trapped in inescapable patterns of interaction coded by techno-linguistic machines, smartphones, screens of every size, and all of these sensory and emotional devices end up destroying our organism’s sensibility by submitting it to the stress of competition and acceleration.

We warmly recommend you to also sign up for the lecture by Franco Berardi on Friday 10th at Valand.


Program @ Skogen 11/2

11:00 Introduction & lecture by Franco Berardi
12:00 Q&A
13:00 Vegetarian lunch by Kristin Bergman
14:00 Open Conversation on the role of the artist
16:00 We say goodbye to Franco Berardi but keep the bar open

Language: English

Fee: Skogen has no set admission, but we warmly welcome you to make donation (in relation to your financial situation) for food, drinks and program. Your generosity makes our work possible! Thanks!


The event is a part of a serie – Art on Sunday – curated by Annika Lundgren and Johan Forsman. Hosts for this specific event is the study group Performing Resistance and Transformative Narratives. The study-group is part of Annika Lundgrens ongoing project Archive of Resistance Strategies.

The invitation of Franco Berardi was made possible through a collaboration between Skogen and Valand Academy of Fine Arts.