What is Industry? Stiegler, Mollona, Ribault & Lash

An excerpt from the conference Autoproduction: Dialogues in Critical Political Economy held 22nd February 2012 at Goldsmiths College, University of London.


Patricia Ribault (Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Design, Reims)
Bernard Stiegler (Centre Pompidou)
Scott Lash (Goldsmiths, Centre for Cultural Studies)
Mao Mollona (Chair – Goldsmiths, Anthropology)

Discuss the question “what is industry?”

Autoproduction: Dialogues in Political Economy

The (double-dip) recession of 2008 to the present has turned into what is technically a depression.

The UK is not likely to reach 2007 levels of GDP until 2015: worse than the 1930s depression, the last time it took seven years to reach a previous peak GDP was in 1832.

The central responsibility of the finance sector for this crash has signaled the urgency of industry and production. Given the dominance of China and the BRICs in the traditional sectors, what way forward for the UK and Europe? In an information age, what model of the industrial can make sense? What kind of critical political economy of the industrial?

At this point we need to think of the possibility of autoproduction. Autoproduction is the possibility of a mode of production in which the work of design and work of fabrication are fused. In which the means of design are also the means of production. At stake are dedicated, singular products, working in close collaboration with product users. In which autoproduction becomes a co-production.

Patricia Ribault, who has originated this idea and practice at ESAD in France, will lead off this dialogue, followed by interventions from Bernard Stiegler, Scott Lash, and Mao Mollona in the Chair.

Part of the Centre for Cultural Studies Series: Interventions in Critical Political Economy.

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