[spectre] Bifurcate: There Is No Alternative - new open access boon by Stiegler et al from Open Humanities Press

Gary Hall mail at garyhall.info
Mon Jan 10 12:11:14 CET 2022

Open Humanities Press is pleased to announce the publication of 
Bifurcate: There Is No Alternative

Edited by Bernard Stiegler and the Internation Collective

Edited and translated by Daniel Ross

Like all Open Humanities Press books, Bifurcate is available to download 
for free:


Bifurcating means: reconstituting a political economy that reconnects 
local knowledge and practices with macroeconomic circulation and 
rethinks territoriality at its different scales of locality; developing 
an economy of contribution on the basis of a contributory income no 
longer tied to employment and once again valuing work as a knowledge 
activity; overhauling law, and government and corporate accounting, via 
economic and social experiments, including in laboratory territories, 
and in relation to cooperative, local market economies formed into 
networks and linked to international trade; revaluing research from a 
long-term perspective, independent of the short-term interests of 
political and economic powers; reorienting digital technology in the 
service of territories and territorial cooperation.

The collective work that produced this book is based on the claim that 
today’s destructive development model is reaching its ultimate limits, 
and that its toxicity, which is increasingly massive, manifest and 
multidimensional (medical, environmental, mental, epistemological, 
economic – accumulating pockets of insolvency, which become veritable 
oceans), is generated above all by the fact that the current industrial 
economy is based in every sector on an obsolete physical model – a 
mechanism that ignores the constraints of locality in biology and the 
entropic tendency in reticulated computational information. In these 
gravely perilous times, we must bifurcate: there is no alternative.

Editor Bio

Bernard Stiegler is a French philosopher who is director of the Institut 
de recherche et d’innovation, and a doctor of the Ecole des Hautes 
Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He has been a program director at the 
Collège international de philosophie, senior lecturer at Université de 
Compiègne, deputy director general of the Institut National de 
l’Audiovisuel, director of IRCAM, and director of the Cultural 
Development Department at the Centre Pompidou. He is also president of 
Ars Industrialis, an association he founded in 2006, as well as a 
distinguished professor of the Advanced Studies Institute of Nanjing, 
and visiting professor of the Academy of the Arts of Hangzhou, as well 
as a member of the French government’s Conseil national du numérique. 
Stiegler has published more than thirty books, all of which situate the 
question of technology as the repressed centre of philosophy, and in 
particular insofar as it constitutes an artificial, exteriorised memory 
that undergoes numerous transformations in the course of human existence.

Editor and Translator Bio

Daniel Ross has translated numerous books by Bernard Stiegler, including 
most recently /Nanjing Lectures 2016-2019/ (Open Humanities Press) and 
/The Age of Disruption: Technology and Madness in Computational 
Capitalism/ (Polity Press). With David Barison, he is the co-director of 
the award-winning documentary about Martin Heidegger, /The Ister/, which 
premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and was the recipient of the 
Prix du Groupement National des Cinémas de Recherche (GNCR) and the Prix 
de l’AQCC at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montreal (2004). He is the 
author of /Political Anaphylaxis/ (OHP, 2021), /Violent Democracy/ 
(Cambridge University Press, 2004) and numerous articles and chapters on 
the work of Bernard Stiegler.

Bifurcate is published in OHP's CCC2 Irreversibility series, edited by 
Tom Cohen and Claire 

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Gary Hall
Professor of Media
Director of the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University:



Journal article (open access): 'Pluriversal Socialism - The Very Idea':http://journalcontent.mediatheoryjournal.org/index.php/mt/article/view/126

Video: 'Can We Unlearn Liberal Individualism: Gary Hall in Conversation with Carolina Rito About A Stubborn Fury:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CQiRCib_AU

Podcast: 'The Uberfication of the University - with Gary Hall':https://soundcloud.com/user-230862454/the-uberfication-of-the-university

Printable Poster: How to Practise the Culture-led Re-Commoning of Cities, Partisan Social Club, adjusted by Gary Hall:https://coventrycreates.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/PSCGHPosterfinal.pdf

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