After the Future, Franco Birardi (AK Press 2011)
AFTER THE FUTURE
"You know, all along the modern times the myth of the future has been connected to the myth of energy; think about Faust, for instance. This idea that the future is energy: more and more and more. More speed, more strength, more consumption, more things, more violence. Futurism is the point of passage, the final step to full modernity, and futurism is the exaltation of violence, of despising the woman, for instance. The woman is weakness, is senselessness, is feebleness. Everything the modern energy wants to forget about: forget the woman, despise the woman, exalt war, exalt violence, exalt acceleration. This is futurism.
The end of the future
Now futurism has brought the world to this point of total despair. Futurism without future. This is the present reality we are facing and we have to invent something beyond this obsession of the future because the future is over. And saying that the future is over does not mean that tomorrow we will not get up—we will get up—but please, don’t be obsessed about the idea that want more things, more violence, more speed. We want more time to live."
Interview on Vimeo here
Please take the time to watch Bifo, he's such a decent human being. See if what he says resonates with you. Then get his book and pour through it. The book is certainly dense and theoretical, so do the best you can if you're not used to this type of reading. Perhaps he'll soon put out a more accessible version. I hope so. In the meantime look for other interviews and lectures, his work is so important.
"Stop working now. Start living, please." Birardi