Federico Campagna

5 May 2022

Connections between architecture, game design and the metaphysical process of world-building

Philosopher Federico Campagna will examine the connections between architecture, game design and the metaphysical process of world-building. He will discuss the fragility and malleability of worlds, and the challenge of setting the foundations for new world-forms.

Required Reading:

Paul Valery, Eupalinos or the Architect. 

Introduction to Federico Campagna, Technic and Magic.

Introduction to Stefano Gualeni, Virtual Worlds as Philosophical Tools.

Federico Campagna is a philosopher and writer.He spent over twenty years in Milan, where he was active in the anarchist/autonomist networks and co-founded the street-poetry collective Eveline. In 2007 he moved to London, where he lives. In 2009 he started a long-term collaboration with the Italian Autonomia philosopher Franco Berardi ‘Bifo’. In that same year, he co-founded the (now defunct) multilingual platform for critical theory Through Europe. Federico’s latest books areProphetic Culture: recreation for adolescents (Bloomsbury: 2021), Technic and Magic: the reconstruction of reality (Bloomsbury, 2018), and The Last Night (Zero Books, 2013). Federico has a PhD from the Royal College of Art, London, with a thesis on Metaphysics and Metaethics in the Design of Strategy Video Games; he has an MSc and a BSc in Economics and Management of the Arts from Bocconi University, Milan, and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths University, London. He works as lecturer and tutor in the MA NonLinear Narrative at KABK (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten), Den Haag, the Netherlands, and as the director of the rights department at Verso Books. He is the host of the podcast Overmorrow’s Library, produced by the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. He is the philosopher in residence at Castello di Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum (Turin) for the year 2022