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Following the first two events of the series Underground, with Timothy Morton & Federico Campagna (Ecology), Yanis Varoufakis & Danae Stratou (Politics), the third section will host philosopher Franco Berardi Bifo & Eliot Prize winner poet David Harsent explore the nature of Mythology. Theories on myth may be as old as myths themselves. But why do we still need myths today? What is their function in our contemporary world? By exploring the symbolic and cultural value of the hare in Harsent’s work and the mythology of Power, Potency and Possibility in Berardi’s latest book Futurability, Underground/Mythology aims to bring to light aspects of the foundations of existential and political consciousness. BIOGRAPHIES
Franco 'Bifo' Berardi was the founder of the pirate radio station Radio Alice in 1976. One of the most prominent members of Autonomia, Berardi worked closely with the French psychoanalyst Felix Guattari throughout the 1980s. His latest books in English are The Soul at Work: from Alienation to Autonomy, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance, After the Future, and Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide, Futurability.
David Harsent is a poet and librettist. He has published eleven volumes of poetry. Legion won the Forward Prize for best collection 2005; Night (2011) was triple short-listed in the UK and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, Fire Songs, won the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize.
In Secret, Harsent’s English versions of Yannis Ritsos, was published in Britain and America in 2012.His forthcoming collection, Salt, will be published in October 2017 by Faber & Faber.
Harsent has collaborated with a number of composers, though most often with Harrison Birtwistle. Birtwistle/Harsent collaborations have been performed at the Royal Opera House, BBC Proms, the Aldeburgh Festival, The Concertgebouw, The London South Bank Centre, The Salzburg Festival, the Holland Festival, the Megaron (Athens) and Carnegie Hall.
In 2013 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Roehampton where he is now Professor of Creative Writing.
Teodora Pasquinelli is a writer and event organiser with a background in Fine Arts and she is interested in looking at the morphology of the current age, through the relationship between art and fundamental philosophy. She is a contributor for art magazines Arte e Critica and Juliet. Having worked in several art institutions in London, she is currently working as a production assistant for the Greek documentary TV series Apo Agathi Rodo broadcasted by the national TV channel ERT2.