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Bazar elettrico: Bataille, Warburg e Benjamin at Work



Bazar elettrico: Bataille, Warburg e Benjamin at Work

Presentation of the book Bazar elettrico: Bataille, Warburg e Benjamin at Work (Lavieri Edizioni, 2017)

The authors Pierangelo Di Vittorio, Alessandro Manna and Giuseppe Palumbo will be present.

How do the researcher and artist’s worktables function? How do those physical and mental spaces, in which research and art create new things and realities, operate in practice? How does a research machine run and what are its cognitive, aesthetic, ethical and political implications?

Bazar elettrico. Bataille, Warburg e Benjamin at Work, the new Graphic essay conceived by the Action30 collective, is an attempt to reflect on the operational conditions of research and creation throughout the reactivation of three renowned worktables: the magazine Documents edited by Georges Bataille; the Aby Warburg’s Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek,with his rhizomatic project Bilderatlas Mnemosyne; the Walter Benjamin's “collage” research on the Parisian Passages.

Each research machine hides in itself an entire museum which is made of multiple sleeping research machines, a living museum that one can rediscover and reinvent in order to electrify our present time.

For about ten years, the Action30 collective has been crossing the reflexive dimension of critical thinking with a set of unprecedented performing, operational artistic practices, challenging the traditional formats in which knowledge and art are commonly shaped and transmitted, experimenting new hybrid forms of culture production and sharing. The Action30's research machine is formless and rhizomatic, and seeks to deconstruct cultural hierarchies and ordinary disciplinary fences, putting on its own worktable a multiplicity of cultural documents, conceived as heterogeneous fragments which can be assembled, thought and performed in new creative ways. Such unexpected assembling and linking processes produce “shocks”, as Benjamin would say, which suspend the usual sense of things and electrify them. While working on a book or a performance, on a short film or a show, or a workshop, Action30 aims to share, from time to time, a participatory, cognitive and critical experience of reality.


After experimenting with some "essay-shows" such as Constellation 1961, performed at the Théâtre national de Bruxelles, Action30 returns to the “graphic essay format” – tested at the very beginnings of the history of the group – bringing to the readers a new project edited by Lavieri: the Graphic Essays Series. The evolution of illustrated books and sequential art, the comic books languages, especially that of the graphic novel and graphic journalism, as well as the development of Information graphics, show that we can communicate without using the traditional, academic forms of expression, opening up to new creative, cognitive and reflexive horizons. The challenge of the Action30 and Lavieri Graphic essays collection is to publish reflexive and critical essays in a new format, starting from this idea. Each graphic essay interconnects texts and images, but not only that: it aims to combine the worlds of reflexion and performance, creating a boundless tension between archive and fiction, i.e. between our "philological" relationship with the past and those "imaginative" impulses that revitalize the past at the core of the main critical, ethical and political issues of the present time. The very challenge of literary, historical, sociological and philosophical fiction is not to make the archive more enjoyable and suggestive but to give it the strength of an “untimely” way of thinking and constructing problems, in a nietzschean way.

Pierangelo Di Vittorio (Bari, 1965), Ph.D. in Philosophy (Universities of Strasbourg and Lecce). He published Foucault e Basaglia (Verona 1999); with M. Colucci, Franco Basaglia (Milan 2001, translated in France and Argentina); with A. Manna, E. Mastropierro and A. Russo, L’uniforme e l’anima, indagine sul vecchio e nuovo fascismo (Bari 2009). He is member of the advisory boards of the reviews "Multitudes" and "aut aut".

Alessandro Manna (Taranto, 1979) studied philosophy and social anthropology in Bari, Barcelona (UAB) and Paris (EHESS), where he has been living since 2005. An independent social researcher and translator, he has led ethnographic researches and university seminars and conferences on health policies and psychiatry. Its articles have been published by "aut aut", “Les cahiers européens de l’imaginaire”, "Minority Reports" and "Pages Romandes".

Giuseppe Palumbo (Matera, 1964) has been publishing comics since 1986, when he started to collaborate with renowned magazines such as Frigidaire and Cyborg. After creating Ramarro, the first masochist superhero, he began to work with Martin Mystère (published by Bonelli) in 1992 and Diabolik (Astorina) in 2000. Rizzoli published both his Tomka. Il gitano di Guernica, with Massimo Carlotto (2007; published in France by Rackham in 2017) and Un sogno turco (2008), with Giancarlo de Cataldo. Comma 22 published a collection of its works in six volumes. Lavieri published its Uno si distrae al bivio. La crudele scalmana di Rocco Scotellaro (2013), Prendere una lepre, with Biagio Bagini (2014), and I cruschi di Manzù, with Giulio Giordano (2014). Dargaud éditions has published in France Escobar. El Patron, written by Guido Piccoli.


Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

In collaboration with : Action30

Entrance : Free


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