Animal Spirits

Animal Spirits Pasquinelli

Matteo Pasquinelli, Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers / Institute of Network Cultures, 2008).

ISBN 9789056626631 © 2008 the author
Paperback, 240 pp., ill. (b/w), 14×21 cm.





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  • McKenzie Wark, review of Animal Spirits, Public Seminar blog, 15 May 2015.
  • Dave Mesing, ‘The Buckling of Abstraction’, Droin, February 2014.
  • Jussi Parikka, review of Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, Leonardo reviews, 1 May 2009.
  • Luciana Parisi, “Uncommon Bestiary”, review of Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, Mute, 19 May 2009.
  • Jason Read, “I am an Animal, You’re an Animal Too: Matteo Pasquinelli’s Animal Spirits”, Unemployed Negativity, 1 Jun 2009.
  • Arie Altena, review of Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, Metropolis n. 3, June/July 2009 [in Dutch].
  • Paolo Pedercini, review of Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, Neural magazine, 3 Aug 2009 [in English and Italian].
  • Willem van Weelden, review of Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, in: J. Seijdel and L. Melis (eds), Open #18 – 2030: War Zone Amsterdam, Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2009.
  • Gigi Roggero, “Oltre ogni speranza negli spiriti animali del capitalismo digitale”, review of Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, Il Manifesto, 4 Feb 2009 [in Italian].
  • Marco Baravalle, ‘La figura del parassita’, presentation of Animal Spirits on Radio Sherwood (Venezia), 11 March 2010


  • Springerin 1/2010. Brian Holmes, “Written in the Stars: Global Finance, Precarious Destinies”, Springerin 1/2010 [in English and German].
  • Libération, 2 March 2010. Marie Lechner, “Nous n’exploitons pas le réseau, c’est le réseau qui nous exploite” [in French].
  • Die Tageszeitung, 9 April 2010. Meike Laaff, “Der Freibeuter Bekehrung” [in German].
  • Bookforum, 12 June 2009. “The richest person in your town”.

Reading groups

Book presentations

  • Amsterdam, 20 January 2009 @ De Waag, Theatrum Anatomicum.
  • Torino, 1 April, 2009 @ Share Campus, DAMS University. With: Bruce Sterling, Luca Barbeni.


Not to be mistaken for the latecomer book by Nobel prize George Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller with the same title: Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism (Princeton University Press, March 2009).



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