As drastic budget cuts have hit European universities over the last few months, students and teachers alike have protested in the streets of several European cities. With this background, and as part of OCA Semesterplan – Spring 2011, Franco Berardi presents a lecture titled 'Knowledge Against Financial Capitalism', discussing the current situation of Europe's education systems. In his lecture, Berardi addresses issues such as capitalism's limiting effect on the autonomy of knowledge and the possibilities of knowledge production in the universities, alternative educational strategies, and the role of art in education and its ability to link conscious mental activity and sensibility. Presenting the new European School of Social Imagination (SCEPSI) in San Marino as a possible alternative to current education systems, Berardi asks: What is our imagination of Europe in the very moment of its possible dissolution?
About Franco Berardi
Franco Berardi (b.1949, Bologna, Italy) is a contemporary writer, media theorist and media activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975–81) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice (1976–78). After being involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970s, Berardi fled to Paris, where he worked with philosopher and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis during the 1980s. He currently teaches social history of the media at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and is the founder of the European School of Social Imagination (SCEPSI), which will be inaugurated in San Marino in May 2011.
On 8 September 2011 Francesco Berardi presents a lecture as part of 'The State of Things', one of the two programmes that constitute Norway's official representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2011. Throughout the programme, which takes place in Venice from June to November 2011, leading intellectuals address the 'state of things' today.
This event is made possible with the kind support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura Oslo.