If capitalism is a vampire that feeds off living labor, what’s living labor anyway? This book provides a powerful answer: collective creativity. Yet somehow, as the authors note, no one ever studies collective creativity as a thing itself. If there was ever a book that deserves to kick off an entire literature, this is it.
— David Graeber, author of Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value
In coupling two troubled words together, Lovink and Scholz open up a whole new terrain for reality hacking. Under this banner they have assembled a top mob who make their own rules and show you how to live by your own rules too. Essential reading for all the artists of making the impossible possible.
—McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory
The Art of Free Cooperation explores viable alternatives to forced collaborations under the over-arching principle of competition proper to neo-liberal regimes. The irreducible sociality of economic production opens up the possibility of redesigning the social here and now, through an experimental practice which cannot wait for the day after the revolution.
Reinvigorating reading for those who dream (and practice) advanced exit strategies from the false choice between twentieth-century State-socialism and free market economics.
—Tiziana Terranova, author of Network Culture: Politics for the Digital Age