“A collective uprising is first of all a physical, affective, and erotic phenomenon” (3/5)

Part 3 of my translation of Amador Fernández-Savater’s interview with Bifo (click here for part 1, and here for part 2).

Social Malaise

5. What effects does financial abstraction have over the living body of society?

Bifo: There in not continuity in the experience of work anymore: one does not arrive each day at the same location, complete the same routines, or encounter the same people. The worker no longer exists as a unique person, but is the interchangeable producer of fragments of time/work in a global network.

The time spent by precarious workers is fragmented – or, rather fractalized – and they have to constantly adapt to the requirements of production. But keep in mind that the living body has its instincts, its sensibility, its time and its desire. Financial abstraction superimposes a spasmodic time, in constant acceleration, on the sensibility of the individual and collective body.

6. Thereby producing effects at individual and collective levels, right? What are they?

Bifo: The pathologies caused by the acceleration and aggressive competition are manifested at the individual level as a real epidemic of mental, physical and emotional suffering. The crises of panic, the problems of attention, the competitive isolation, the depression. At the collective level, the consequence is the crisis of social solidarity. Each individual perceives others essentially as competitors and not as affective bodies.

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