Propositions on the organizational form

G.W. Lovink, Ned Rossiter

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Abstract

The quest of organization haunts us. If anarchists were once said
to defy authority, nowadays we defy organization. Structures are
perceived to hold us back and pin us down with the iron cage of
identity. The solidified social limits our freedom with its demand
of never-ending “engagement.” How desperate is it to live your
life as an insulated rebel without a cause? Instead, we should ask,
what is pure organization? Is there a new core that we could define
and design? What’s commitment outside of today’s technosocial
conventions? Are there bonds that create ties, unhinged from procedure, unfettered by bureaucracy? Is there a form of conspiracy
that operates without all the tiresome preparations? Mutual aid
and local self-organization come to mind, but what if we’re forced
to pursue organization of the unorganizables? Does a self-evident
General Will exist that does not need to be discussed and exhaustively questioned? Having arrived at this point, we can clearly see
the romantic undertone of the Critique of Organization. What’s a
lean revolution, an effortless regime change? Can we presuppose
a hive mind that performs like an automaton? Humans, coming
together, create the Event, simply because of an inner urge to
experience relations without guarantees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganize
Subtitle of host publicationIn search of media
EditorsTimon Beyes, Lisa Conrad, Reinhold Martin
PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
Pages89
Number of pages102
ISBN (Electronic)10.14619/1518
ISBN (Print)978-3-95796-151-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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