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Post-media Piracy and the Common: Towards the Resingularization of Subjectivity

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In his meditations on the nature of integrated world capitalism, Guattari proposed an idea that has for the most part remained undeveloped despite its obvious connections with the major motivations behind his work. The notion is that of a post-media era. Perhaps such an age would be focused more specifically on the re-singularization of subjectivity rather than on the possibilities of tailoring massive marketing schemes for the reduction of subjectivity to its smallest common denominator […]

Speculative Materialisms: Thinking the Absolute with Meillassoux and Guattari

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guattari / Meillassoux / Politics / speculation / utopia

          Quentin Meillassoux’s recent work After Finitude comes as a breath of fresh air for those who have been languishing under the dominant regimes of philosophy today.  Meillassoux claims to be able to resuscitate the “great outdoors” of pre-Critical Cartesian philosophy, one that would both forgo the correlationist impulses of the Kantian tradition as well as the necessity of an all-knowing, veracious God to legitimize the representational content of consciousness.  To access this “great outdoors,” […]

Guattari

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desire / flux / globalism / guattari / machine / materialism / Politics

    On Guattari. The first ecosopher has arisen — but how to read his writings? There is not a single answer, everyone disagrees. To read Guattari without Deleuze seems like violence to the polyphonous fury of their mutually-authored works; yet to read Deleuze and Guattari seems like according primacy to the philosopher, to the authority of philosophy over psychoanalysis — asserting the traditional prerogative of philosophy over science, with the usual absent-minded condescension, a perverse […]

The Transformation of Psychoanalysis

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guattari / machine / machinic unconscious / ontology / Politics

From the back cover of Guattari’s L’Inconscient machinique (1979): The transformation of psychoanalysis into an essential component of the social order does not justify the renunciation of every analysis of the unconscious; no more than the deadends of revolutionary movements imply the generalized desertion of politics. Finishing with the tyranny of the cogito, accepting that material, biological, social assemblages are capable of “engineering” (machiner) their own kind and creating heterogenous complex universes: such are the conditions […]

New wikipage devoted to Capitalism and Schizophrenia

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capitalism and schizophrenia / Deleuze / guattari

Today I’ve just found out that an entire wikipage has been devoted to the works of Deleuze and Guattari here. The site is still in construction, but they have already amassed at least several dozens definition “attempts” (since these are left open for others to add/change, etc.). What I found so interesting about the page was the ability to join the site and add your own bit of commentary, engaging in an intriguing chorus of […]

It Means Becoming Human

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animal / art / becoming / flesh / freud / guattari / human / lacan / machine / ontology / space / territory

But he [Lacan] did not realize the consequences of his rupture with Freudian determinism, and didn’t appropriately situate “desiring machines” — whose theory he had iniated — within incorporeal fields of virtuality. This object-subject of desire, like strange attractors in chaos theory, serves as an anchorage point with a phase space (here, a universe of reference) without ever being identical to itself, in permanent flight on a fractal line. In this respect it is not […]

Guattari’s Schizoanalytic Pragmatics

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A Thousand Plateaus / abstract machine / abstraction / assemblages / guattari / machinic unconscious / pragmatics / redundancy / rhizome / Schizoanalysis

Until Marxism, capitalist political economy has also pretended for a long time to pass as the general grammar of all economy, but linguistics still has not found its Marx and Engels who would reset it on its feet. –Guattari, L’Inconscient Machinique, p.30 fn. 14. The sign is a position of desire; but the first sings are the territorial signs that plant their flags in bodies. And if one wants to call this inscription in naked […]

Nietzsche’s Social Ontology: (Un)harnessing the Chaos

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coding / Deleuze / grand politics / guattari / individuality / instrumentality / Laruelle / Nietzsche / ontology / Politics / society

The individual is a chaos necessary to every political and social order, a chaos enveloped in a structural social machine. This chaos should be distinguished from a random distribution of intensities or an undifferentiated aggregate but instead should be thought of as overdetermined. From our point of view (against a flow of power that remains obscure in origin) this is precisely the problem that must be addressed according to the collective nature of the individual, […]

Notes to Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus: Rhizome, Chapter 1

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A Thousand Plateaus / assemblages / BwO / Deleuze / deterritorialization / guattari / interbeing / multiplicity / Nomadology / rhizome / Schizoanalysis / tracing

D+G have reached the point where it is no longer of any importance whether one says I [This, of course, is preceded by similar assertions about the schizophrenic in Anti-Oedipus]. (3). A book is an assemblage and a multiplicity: One side of a machinic assemblage faces the state, which doubtless makes it a kind of organism, or signifying totality, or determination attributable to a subject; it also has a side facing a body without organs, […]

Notes to Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus: Chapters 1 and 2

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abstract machine / Anti-Oedipus / Deleuze / desire / desiring machines / family / guattari / lacan / libido / machinic unconscious / molecularity / Schizoanalysis / subject-group / transversality

Anti-Oedipus 1: Desiring-Machines For every organ-machine, an energy machine (1). Schizophrenia and the time before the man-nature dichotomy/split (1). Nature lived as process of production (2). Oedipus presupposes a fantastic repression of desiring-machines (3). The schizophrenic experiences not nature, but nature as a process of production (3). Production is immediately consumption and a recording process, without any sort of mediation (4). The recording process and consumption directly determine production, but within the production process itself […]

Warning, Hive Meltdown Imminent: Serres, Negarestani and Deleuze on Noise, Pestilence and Darkness

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affirmation / becoming / darkness / Deleuze / depth / guattari / horror / Negarestani / noise / pestilence / satan / Serres / unground

Four Birds Mixed media on paper (Catheryn Austen) Openness only comes in the imperceptible recesses of infection: A faceless love. (Reza Negarestani) Michel Serres never fails to remind us of something simple and indispensable. It is that all relationships are founded upon noise. In the beginning, there is noise, not silence. Even the simplest words arrive much later; and, at any rate, our words are still noise. The din and clamor of the many is […]

French Translations: Works in Progress

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Bachelard / badiou / Boudot / Deleuze / French Translation / guattari / Laruelle / Lautman / Lyotard / Ruyer / Serres / Simondon / Stengers / Untranslated Theory / Whitehead

My last six posts have all been translations; they range from philosophy of science to paradigms for approaching and studying Nietzsche. I plan to continue working on translating Boudot’s work (including sections from three of his books on Nietzsche, featuring comparisons of Nietzsche with Bataille, Camus, and Bachelard); Ruyer’s work (Genesis of Living Forms, Cybernetics and the Origin of Information, and The Paradoxes of Consciousness and the Limits of Automatism); Guattari’s work (Schizoanalytic Cartographies; The […]

Seven Machines: Theses for a Cybernetics of Ontology

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artificial intelligence / cybernetics / guattari / interface / machines / ontology / problem space

A machinic assemblage, through its diverse components, extracts its consistency by crossing ontological thresholds, non-linear thresholds of irreversibility, ontological and phylogenetic thresholds, creative thresholds of heterogenesis and autopoiesis. The notion of scale needs to be expanded to consider fractal symmetries in ontological terms… What fractal machines traverse are substantial scales. They traverse them in engendering them. But, and this should be noted, the existential coordinates that they ‘invent’ were always already there… we need to […]

Politics beyond Ontology

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badiou / Deleuze / guattari / Nietzsche / ontology / Politics / Whitehead

Fractal Cow is made by Gabor Csordas and Gabor Papp and can be found at http://www.mndl.hu/works/fractalcow. Hypothesis in Process Philosophy Abstract It seems that we experience the world: but beyond this, what more can be said? Can we hypothesize the abyssal and incorporeal depths of the origin of social desire, and could description perhaps reach even farther? In this paper, my goal is to provide a reading of the work of Alain Badiou and Gilles […]

Wandering Fidelity: the State of the Political in Badiou and Deleuze-Guattari

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badiou / classes / Deleuze / fidelity / guattari / masses / nomads / ontology / Politics / subject-group

“Our quarrel can be formulated in a number of ways. We could approach it by way of some novel questions such as, for example: how is it that, for Deleuze, politics is not an autonomous form of thought, a singular section of chaos, one that differs from art, science and philosophy? This point alone bears witness to our divergence, and there is a sense in which everything can be said to follow from it.” –Alain […]

Transversality

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dreams / emergence / guattari / risk / transference / transversal

Wood Cells, Microscopy UK “Transference and interpretation represent a symbolic mode of intervention, but we must remember that they are not something done by an individual or group that adopts the role of the ‘analyst’ for the purpose. The interpretation may well be given by the idiot of the ward if he is able to make his voice heard at the right time, the time when a particular signifier becomes active at the level of […]