Politics of Life, Birth of Massacres

2019

Department of Theory

Type

Semester Project

Field of Study

Department of Theory, Visual Communication

Supervisors

From the concept of bio-power in Michel Foucault to the thinking of the right to kill in Giorgio Agamben. Exhibition on the history of the academy building and its use as a garrison hospital.

Along the question of what is biopolitics, the seminar examined the differences between Foucault’s thinking and Agamben’s dark enlightenment: Foucault diagnosed that capitalist societies rule by mobilizing and empowering life arranged in a space of value and utility, while for Agamben the generalization of special and exceptional law enforcement is ontologically and historically crucial.