Derelict Space

Category: Gilles Deleuze

The State & its Semiotics; A History of Obscurity

by ds1881

“What begins with the State or the apparatus of capture is a general semiology that overcodes the primitive semiotic systems. Instead of traits of expression that follow a machinic phylum and wed it in a distribution of singularities, the State constitutes a form of expression that subjugates the phylum: the phylum or matter is no longer anything more than an equalized, homogenized, compared content, while expression becomes a form of resonance or appropriation. Apparatus of capture—the semiological operation par excellence.” Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus; Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 444-445.

Thinning the Herd : A Work of Art

by ds1881

“Art is the only thing that resists death. There is a fundamental affinity between the work of art & the act of resistance. A creator is not a being that works for pleasure, a creator does nothing but that which he has to do; ‘the necessity’.” Gilles Deleuze, What is the Creative Act?

Cosmos vs The-State

by ds1881

“Desire is revolutionary in its essence – desire, not left-wing holidays! Sexuality and love do not live in the bedroom of Oedipus, they dream instead of wide-open spaces, and cause strange flows to circulate that do not let themselves be stocked within an established order. It is therefore of vital importance for a society to repress desire, and even to find something more efficient than repression, so that repression, hierarchy, exploitation, and servitude are themselves desired.” Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus, 116.

The “I”, the Fascism, Reigns IN!

by ds1881

“The body conceived of as a machinic assemblage becomes a body that is multiple. Its function or meaning no longer depends on an interior truth or identity, but on the particular assemblages it forms with other bodies.

But, bodies tend to desire their own order and organisation: they make their own movements toward stratification and limitation, and toward the reassuring constancy it provides. I know who I am. I am a female, student, non-smoker. Stratification is the way in which bodies actively and strategically put themselves together in order to have a political social voice and to say “I”. A body becomes a subject (selfsame) in order to interact successfully in the social world. Languages, institutions and systems of thought all demand it, and bodies rarely fail to accede.” Peta Malins, Machinic Assemblages

Why we Fight the State, Philosophically Speaking

by ds1977

Because expression gives form to content.

The Signifier: A Blockage in a Becoming-Life

by ds1881

“What we’re interested in is how something works, functions – finding the machine. But the signifier’s still stuck in the question “What does it mean?” Indeed it’s this very question in a blocked form. But for us, the unconscious doesn’t mean anything, nor does language. Functionalism does rule, however, in the world of micro-multiplicities, micro-machines, desiring machines, molecular formations. On this level there isn’t this or that kind of machine, a linguistic machine, say, but linguistic elements along with other elements in all the machines. The unconscious is a micro-unconscious, it’s molecular, and schizo analysis is micro-analysis. The only question is how anything works, with its intensities, flows, processes, partial objects – none of which mean anything.” Gilles Deleuze, Negotiations, 21-22.

Happiness: Not a Word! But an Opening to New Intensities

by ds1844

“To abandon our enslavement to truth – to have the force and courage to live with this world here and now! Happiness is the capacity or power to live one’s life actively – affirming the particularity or specificity of one’s moment in time. We live reactively, by contrast, if we try to find some true world above and beyond the world that appears to us. Nietzsche’s concepts strive to create multiple and diverse effects; a new mode or style of thinking.” Claire Colebrook, Gilles Deleuze, 19.