Derelict Space

Tag: Gilles Deleuze

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.

One Step in the Long Road to Becoming-Docility

by ds1977

“Understanding and reason have a long history: they are instances which still make us obey when we no longer want to obey anyone. When we stop obeying God, the State, or our parents, reason appears and persuades us to continue being docile because it says to us: it is you who is giving the orders. Reason represents our slavery, and our subjection to it creates a real enslavement: I am superior because I am a rational being!” Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, 92 (translation modified).

The Nomad Space

by ds1844

“The nomad is on the contrary he who does not move.” Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus; Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 381.

Think Differently about Thinking Difference

by ds1977

“There is a fundamental difference between State history and minoritarian becomings: whereas the State continually adds developments to its past – both in writing and through territorial conquest – a minoritarian becoming subtracts the codifications of its past in order to maximize the potential to take history in other directions. In other words, the narratives of State history and the actions informed by that history retrace and reinforce the causal chains that produce and/or consolidate State rule – this is the one sense in which history is always written by the victor. By contrast, minoritarian becomings strip away (decode) the actual determinations of the past, and restore to the present its virtual potential to become-otherwise in the future.” Eugene Holland, Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, 136-137.

A Belief? … Sure, But a Belief in Life

by ds1844

“What we most lack is a belief in the world, we’ve quite lost the world, it’s been taken from us. If you believe in the world you precipitate events, however inconspicuous, that elude control, you engender new space-times, however small their surface or volume. It’s what you call pietas. Our ability to resist control, or our submission to it, has to be assessed at the level of our every move. We need both creativity and a people.” Gilles Deleuze, Control and Becoming; Conversation with Antonio Negri Futur Anterieur 1(Spring 1990).

Philosophy as Guerrilla War

by ds1977

“Philosophy isn’t a power: religions, States, capitalism, science, the law, public opinion, and television are powers, but not philosophy. Not being a power, philosophy can’t battle with the powers that be, but it does fight a war without battles – a guerrilla campaign – against them. And it can’t converse with them, it’s got nothing to tell them, nothing to communicate, and can only negotiate. Since the powers aren’t just external things, but permeate each of us, philosophy throws us all into constant negotiations with – and a guerrilla campaign against – ourselves.” Gilles Deleuze, Negotiations.

How to Philosophize with a Hammer

by ds1844

“Turning thought into something aggressive, active and affirmative. Creating free men, that is to say men who do not confuse the aims of culture with the benefit of the State, morality or religion. Fighting the ressentiment and bad conscience which have replaced thought for us. Conquering the negative and its false glamour. The use of philosophy is to sadden.” Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, 106.