It is that time again. Theoretical Weekends at Scission has arrived.
Since 1993, Obrist has conducted hundreds of interviews with folks from here, there and everywhere. He is a curator, I know that. Beyond that I can't say much about the man who interviews Antonio Negri below.
The interview itself covers lots of ground and I don't really have an introduction. All I can say is that if you hate Negri, you probably won't want to waste your time here. If you like him, you might. If you don't know how you feel about the guy, this might help.
Whatever the case may be, the following is from e-flux.
By the way, I've been planning to read this myself for quite a while. I guess now is as good a time as any.
In Conversation with Antonio Negri
Some coordinators of the landless worker’s movement meet to discuss plans for the encampment, Pará, Brazil, 1999.
Strip us naked, and we shall all be found alike. Dress us in their clothing, and they in ours, we shall appear noble, they ignoble—for poverty and riches make all the difference.
Small crimes are chastised, but great and serious ones rewarded … We have no business to think about conscience; for when, like us, men have to fear hunger, and imprisonment, or death, the fear of hell neither can nor ought to have any influence upon them. If you only notice human proceedings, you may observe that all who attain great power and riches, make use of either force or fraud; and what they have acquired either by deceit or violence, in order to conceal the disgraceful methods of attainment, they endeavor to sanctify with the false title of honest gains. Those who either from imprudence or want of sagacity avoid doing so, are always overwhelmed with servitude and poverty; for faithful servants are always servants, and honest men are always poor; nor do any ever escape from servitude but the bold and faithless, or from poverty, but the rapacious and fraudulent.1
Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, designed by Kisho Kurokawa, 1972.