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The Social Protocol and the Body Derivative

Can we ever escape the problem of governance? Economy and governance, as it has been noted in different ways, are the two sides of the same token. From the Undercommons, we have learned that governance was a form of expropriation, a provocation into display: display of interests, of legibility, of convertibility into value. But for those who have been experimenting with blockchain-based alternatives (schizo)economies, it is perhaps necessary to recognize that “governance is not a dirty word, but rather one that is internal to the logic and protocols of self-organization” (Lovink and Rossiter, Organizations after Social Media).

This workshop is about collectively exploring this enduring, body derivative tension. It is the second iteration of the “Schizo-somatic workshop for an Extra-Economical Body” series, facilitated by Erik Bordeleau and Diego Gil (with the participation of Csenge Kolozsvari, Joel E. Mason, Mariana Marcassa and André Fogliano).

To what are we dedicated if not to those problems which demand the very transformation of our body and our language?” (Deleuze, Difference and Repetition)