PUBLICATIONS

Upcoming

 

Books [author]

 

Prophecy: The memory of having forgotten (Bloomsbury, London: 2020)

Exhibition Catalogues

Scrivere Disegnando: Quand la langue cherche son autre, curated by Andrea Bellini and Sarah Lombardi, Cente d'Art Contemporain Geneve, 2020


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Selected Past


Books [author]

Technic and Magic: the reconstruction of reality, (Bloomsbury. London, 2018)

Read the introduction and Timothy Morton's preface here

- forthcoming in Italian with Edizioni Tlon

- forthcoming in simplified Chinese with Eon Books

- forthcoming in Turkish with Vakıfbank Kültür Yayınları

Endorsements

"This is a book not only for philosophers but also for poets and their readers and for all those who try to uphold the dignity of their spiritual existence. Is magic still a liveable territory?Federico Campagna asks fundamental questions but also has original suggestions how to keep this high flame alive in a radically non-magical world."

- Adam Zagajewski

"Federico Campagna’s brilliant TECHNIC AND MAGIC is essential reading for our desperate times.

This stunning historical and philosophical exploration radically transforms our understanding of the global technological culture we now inhabit."

- Jonathan Crary, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University, New York.

"Federico Campagna's TECHNIC AND MAGIC will change the way you think about reality in strange and mysterious ways. Philosophy for the present, bringing together numerous strands of fascinating thinking."

- James Bridle, artist and author of New Dark Age

“Campagna breaks with tradition by advancing scholarship that explores a common past and common understandings of meta-philosophical concepts, crossing the geopolitical barriers between the East and the West. Rarely does one see such ability to discuss complex, metaphysical and philosophic themes in a light and poetic manner - Outstanding.”

– Ghoncheh Tazmini, Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS University of London, UK,
 

"Federico Campagna's book is a brilliant tour de force that oscillates between lucid analyses of philosophical concepts, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western frameworks, and radical propositions for alternative worlds. By attempting to galvanise human perception out of its paralysed and bordered state, what William Blake refers to as ‘the narrow chinks of [our] cavern’, Campagna expertly unravels the very foundations upon which our contemporary reality sits. Technic and Magic gradually builds towards a new and striking reconfiguration of reality that merges together the past, present and future."

- Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, UK
 

"Both Technic and Magic are used by us to change the world. However, as Federico Campagna argues, Technic serves the accumulation of power whereas Magic, on the contrary, protects life and its value. In his fascinating book Campagna makes a parcours through the Indian, Islamic and old Gnostic sources to discover the hidden, hermetic tradition of magical thinking that keeps its relevance also for our contemporary condition."

- Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University, and Professor of Philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS.

“Campagna takes us on a philosophically rich journey that is signposted by new terms and concepts discussed with due reference to other philosophical settings, including as they developed in Persia. His engaging prose promises to make a distinct contribution to emerging fields of knowledge.” – Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies, SOAS, University of London, and Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute, UK

Reviews

 

- Oxana Timofeeva, What Lenin Teaches Us About Witchcraft, e-flux, Journal #100, May 2019.

- James Edward Draney, Federico Campagna’s Technic and Magic, Media Theory Journal, 14/12/2018.

- Jakob Horstmann, A Therapeutic Instrument, Review 31, 12/11/2018.

- Alberto Ventura, Tecnica e Magia nell'opera di Federico Campagna, L'Intellettuale Dissidente, 23 July 2018


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The Last Night: anti-work, atheism, adventure (Zero Books. London, 2013)


- published in Italian as L'Ultima Notte: anti-lavoro, ateismo, avventura (Postmedia. Milano, 2015)
- published in Spanish as La Ultima Noche: Anti-trabajo, ateísmo, aventura (Akal. Madrid, 2015)

“By turns lyrical, acerbic and fabular, Federico Campagna updates existentialism for the 21st century. If death is certain, surely we can't afford to sacrifice our lives to the pointless labour which capital demands of us. Why do we continue to waste our lives doing it? What are the invisible bonds that keep us in servitude? The Last Night exposes the fondly held delusions that stop us from confronting these challenges - but, beware leftists and anarchists, it is our assumptions that the book dismisses most ruthlessly.”
- Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism: is there no alternative?

"Effortlessly moving between politics, philosophy and autobiography, Campagna has created an ethical compass for the lost generation of adventurers."
-Simon Critchley, author of Faith of the Faithless: experiments in political theology

"Federico Campagna’s provocative and poetic manifesto suggests we will not be atheists until we stop believing in capitalism. Contesting the abstractions that rule our lives The Last Night is an ethical manual for our warfare without welfare present."
- Benjamin Noys, author of The Persistence of the Negative: a critique of contemporary continental theory

"A precarious culture is emerging from the horizon of our time, and this book is a presage of the tide to come."
- Franco Berardi ‘Bifo’, author of The Soul at Work: from alienation to autonomy

"Like Stirner before him, Campagna has written something novel, singular and dangerous. Not a prayer book for ideologues, but something between an ethical meditation and Molotov cocktail that can be thrown against the abstractions that imprison us."
- Saul Newman, author of The Politics of Postanarchism

 

Reviews

- Katia Cicihoj, Stop working and start living, Review Journal for the Study of Culture, No. 40, Fall 2014.  

- Daniel Whittall, The Last Night, Radical Philosophy, N. 184, March/April 2014.

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Books [editor]

Quarant'Anni Contro il Lavoro: scritti essenziali di Franco Berardi Bifo, (DeriveApprodi: Rome, 2017)

 

- forthcoming in English with Bloomsbury Academic

- forthcoming in Spanish with Traficantes de Suenos

Federico Campagna, Emanuele Campiglio (eds) What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto (Pluto Press. London, 2012)


- published in German as Wofür wir kämpfen – Manifest des Radikalen Kollektivs (Laika, Hamburg, 2013)
- published in Turkish as Ne İçin Mücadele Ediyoruz? Radikal Bir Kolektif Manifesto (Habitus Kitap, Istanbul, 2014)

"Here are the first flowers of spring: the beginning of an epochal dialogue about the human future. Inspired by the Occupy movements across the world, What We Are Fighting For should inspire all of us to join the conversation."
- Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and City of Quartz

"This collection provides a rallying point for all those who resist the dogmas of contemporary politics and seek a fresh set of alternatives. What We Are Fighting For is a manifesto full of urgent, articulate responses to the current situation."
- Simon Critchley, author of The Faith of the Faithless

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Books [contributor]

Reality-Making: Politics and Metaphysics, in We Are Many: Art, the Political and Multiple Truths, edited by Jochen Volz and Gabi Ngcobo. (Koenig Books: London, 2019)

Glossary, in The Shotgun, The Invisible Rail And The Spectacled Tyrant, edited by Ludovica Carabotta. (Nero. Milan, 2017)


After Nihilism, After Technic, in Supercommunity, edited by Eflux, Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood and Anton Vidokle. (Verso: London/New York, 2017)

Out of the House of Terror, in Symbolic Exchange, edited by Jack Self and Shumi Bose. (REAL (Real Estate Architecture Laboratory): London, 2016)

Bridling Desire in The Green Parrot Reader 2 (Barcelona: Green Parrot Gallery, 2015)

 

Happy Precarity in Open Office Anthology (London: Arcadia Missa, 2013)
 

Foreword and Nature's Nothing in Nathan Witt, NOOO (Birmingham: An Endless Supply for SPACE Gallery, 2013)

Hiding from the Gods: on Emancipation and the Public, in Rein Wolfs, The New Public (Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter Konig, 2012)

Community is Dead, Long Live Community, in Art on the Underground, Central Line Series (London: Black Dog, 2012)

The Politics of Adventure, in Rebecca LaMarre, Ideoglossia (London: The Art Writing Guild for Whitechapel Gallery, 2012)

What Would We Do If We Didn’t Produce and Consume?, in Adelita Husni-Bey, Room For A Void (Milan: Mousse Publishing, 2012)

Radicalizing the Armed Forces, in Alessio Longi & Seth Wheeler, Occupy Everything (New York: Autonomedia/Minor Compositions, 2011)

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Journals

 

Design Issues Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring 2018 - Book review of Games | Game Design | Game Studies: An Introduction by Gundolf S. Freyermuth


e-flux Supercommunity, July 2015 – After Nihilism, After Technic: sketeches for a new philosophical architecture

Anarchist Studies, Volume 22, Number 2 (London: Lawrence & Wishart, January 2015) - We Have Nothing of Our Own But Time: Baltasar Garcian's strategy of disrespectful opportunism

E.R.O.S. Journal, Issue 5, Death Vol.1 (London: Eros Press, December 2014) - The Root of Extinction

E.R.O.S. Journal, Issue 4, Man (London: Eros Press, May 2014) - The Cunning Man

Anarchist Studies, Volume 21, Number 2 (London: Lawrence & Wishart, September 2013) - Beyond the Anarch: Stirner, Junger, Pessoa

...ment journal, Movement (London: Book Works, 2013) - From Resistance to Victory: on the Logics of Emancipatory Warfare

Nyx a nocturnal: Skin, Issue 8 Spring-Summer 2013 - A Conversation With Federico Campagna (with Kevin Molin)

...ment journal, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2012 - Discipline: on Writing and Collectivity

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Exhibition Catalogues

Initiation, in Cale, cale, cale! caale!!!, curated by Juan Canela, Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastian, Spain, May 2018.

Prophecy, in Vita Interiore, solo show by Alessandro Bava, Museo Apparente, Naples, Italy, March-May 2018.

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Magazines

Real Review #2 (REAL Foundation: London, 2017) - A Review of the Occupy Movement

Lyra Magazine, issue 1. – Lust

The White Review No.13, 2015 - The Pope Dressed in Armour

Eutopia magazine, February 2015 - Europe is a "likely story"

The New Humanist, Winter 2015 - Imagine...A World Without Work, with Dawn Foster and James Meadway

STRIKE! Magazine, Winter 2013 - Work Hard, Play Hard

Universe Magazine, Issue 2, 2013 - Because Nature Has No Inside

The Occupied Times, No.21, May 2013 - Sales Projections

Adbusters UK, Vol.19 No.6, Nov/Dec 2011 - Brigades!

Alfabeta 2, Milano, Italy - regular contributor since 2011

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Newspapers

Corriere della Sera, La Lettura, 4 May 2014 - Schiavi del tempo della produzione. La ragione insonne genera mostri. (in Italian)

The Guardian, 7 October 2013 - Listen to Britney Spears - Work is the new religion.

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Interviews

 

Icon Design, Federico Campagna e l’ingegneria della realtà, Valentina Lonati interviews Federico Campagna, February 2019

The Rare Event (film), with Etienne Balibar, Federico Campagna, Timothy Morton, Jean-Luc Nancy, Elizabeth Povinelli, Gayatri Spivak et al. Directed by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell. (link)

Juliet Art Magazine, Il Futuro tra Nuove Tecnologie e Immaginario, Luciano Marucci interviews Federico Campagna, n.185, December 2017/January 2018 (in Italian)

Yanez, Di Decadenza e Anarchia, Paola Moretti interviews Federico Campagna (in Italian)


Arte e Critica, On Magic, Teodora Pasquinelli interviews Federico Campagna and Adelita Husni-Bey, September 2017.

Prismo Magazine, Contro il Pop, Paolo Mossetti interviews Federico Campagna, January 2017 (in Italian)

Brexitannia (film), by Timothy George Kelly, featuring Noam Chomsky, Saskia Sassen, Guy Standing, Nick Srnicek, Heidi Mirza & Federico Campagna. 2017 (Trailer)

Especial ACCA: entrevista a Federico Campagna in A*DESK, November 2016 (in Spanish)

Federico Campagna: una defensa de los estudios culturales in Mundo Critico, Revista Leteraria, March 2014 (in Spanish and in English)