30.4.13

Hegel and Deleuze : together again for the first time - edited by Karen Houle and Jim Vernon - Northwestern University, Usa, 2013



Hegel and Deleuze : together again for the first time

Il s'agit des Mémoires de Lafargue témoignant de Marx : «J'ai souvent entendu <Marx> répéter les paroles de Hegel, son maître de jeunesse : Même la pensée criminelle d'un malfaiteur a plus de grandeur et de noblesse que les merveilles du ciel.> [1]
Lukacs reprend la formule dans la dernière section de son livre "Le jeune Hegel" (comme pour réhabiliter Hegel qui passait pour le "chien crevé" de la philosophie). On a sans doute du mal à imaginer Hegel s'engager dans une apologie du meurtre gratuit. Le criminel est évidemment la figure du paria, celui que l'inquisition pourchasse, le révolté dont le Pouvoir se défend et qu'il condamne sous le paravent du Droit comme cela fut le cas des traques, des résistants pourchassés dans l'histoire du monde. C'est l'objet même de mon titre "Une intrigue criminelle de la philosophie -Lire la phénoménologie de l'esprit". Cette idée, on la retrouve évidemment dans la figure de l'esclave dont toutes les morales avait justifié l'aliénation au nom de la charité. Charité des grands s'occupant des incapables, charité magistrale vis à vis d'êtres supposés débiles, sans pouvoir subvenir à eux-mêmes (on retrouve aujourd'hui chez Sloterdijk l'idée de Charité... [2]). Ce sont les "moins que rien" dont les maîtres auraient eut la générosité, l'élégance, de prendre en charge l'existence insane pour pourvoir à leur biens et les prendre sous tutelle.
Devant tant de bêtise, il y a sans conteste une généalogie de la morale pratiquée par le jeune Hegel -d'abord au service des maîtres à Berne qui le traitèrent comme le plus vil des serviteurs. A la différence de Nietzsche qui défend des valeurs aristocratiques (quoique de manière souvent très critiques comme toujours chez lui), Hegel se place du côté des faibles, des offensés (ceux que Foucault appellera "les hommes infâmes). C'est là, sans doute, sa grandeur, Grandeur de Hegel. Il me paraît impensable que Deleuze n'ait pas eu cette pensée au moment où il projetait  d'écrire "Grandeur de Marx". Peut-être même est-ce une des raisons de l'abandon de ce livre, trop contrastant pour relancer la machine à la fin de sa vie [3], et dont Deleuze ne laisse d'ailleurs aucune page, aucune trace (il m'avait dit au téléphone pourtant que le premier chapitre était achevé). Mais cela ne nous empêchera pas d'écrire "et" : Deleuze et Hegel au lieu de Deleuze ou Hegel [4] sachant la force avec laquelle Deleuze a toujours su se mettre en danger...  (philosophe en pleine mer nous revenant avec les yeux rouges)


[1]http://www.marxists.org/archive/lafargue/1890/xx/marx.htm
[2]http://www.lepoint.fr/grands-entretiens/peter-sloterdijk-la-fiscalite-obligatoire-abolit-le-citoyen-23-02-2012-1435659_326.php Rien de plus étranger à Deleuze à moins de disposer d'un peu de précision conceptuelle sur ce rapport du don à l'impôt dans l'esprit de Sloderdijk.
[3] Au début de "Qu'est-ce que la philosophie?", Deleuze reconnaissait que les grands philosophes sont ceux qui comme Kant sont capables de se mettre en danger en relançant la machine à la fin. C'était le projet de Deleuze, mais sa santé -sa grande santé dans la maladie- n'était plus à la hauteur de cette tâche.
[4]http://www.worldcat.org/title/hegel-and-deleuze-together-again-for-the-first-time/oclc/809989038

             
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Hegel and Deleuze cannily examines the various resonances and dissonances between these two major philosophers. The collection represents the best in contemporary international scholarship on G. W. F. Hegel and Gilles Deleuze, and the contributing authors inhabit the as-yet uncharted space between the two thinkers, collectively addressing most of the major tensions and resonances between their ideas and laying a solid ground for future scholarship. The essays are organized thematically into two groups: those that maintain a firm but nuanced disjunction or opposition between Hegel and Deleuze, and those that chart possible connections, syntheses, or both. As is clear from this range of texts, the challenges involved in grasping, appraising, appropriating, and developing the systems of Deleuze and Hegel are varied and immense. While neither Hegel nor Deleuze gets the last word, the contributors ably demonstrate that partisans of either can no longer ignore the voice of the other.

Contents: 

Part 1. Disjunction/contradiction --
1. At the crossroads of philosophy and religion: Deleuze's critique of Hegel / Brent Adkins --
2. Negation, disjunction, and a new theory of forces: Deleuze's critique of Hegel / Nathan Widder --
3. Hegel and Deleuze: difference or contradiction? / Anne Sauvagnargues --
4. The logic of the rhizome in the work of Hegel and Deleuze / Henry Somers-Hall --
5. Actualization: enrichment and loss / Bruce Baugh --
6. Political bodies without organs: on Hegel's ideal state and Deleuzian micropolitics / Pheng Cheah --
7. Deleuze and Hegel on the logic of relations / Jim Vernon --


Part 2. Connection/synthesis --
8. Deleuze and Hegel on the limits of self-determined subjectivity / Simon Lumsden --
9. Desiring-production and spirit: on anti-Oedipus and German idealism / John Russon --
10. Hegel and Deleuze: the storm / Juliette Simont --
11. Limit, ground, judgment --
syllogism: Hegel, Deleuze, Hegel, and Deleuze / Jay Lampert --
12. Hegel and Deleuze on life, sense, and limit / Emilia Angelova --
Part 3. Conjunctive synthesis --
13. A criminal intrigue: an interview with Jean-Clet Martin / Constantin V. Boundas.

27.4.13

Immaterials: Light painting WiFi




A project from Timo Arnall which explores the uneven terrains of WiFi networks
in cityscape. It was realised by light-painting the networks' signal strength
in long-exposure photographs with a custom built tool. Read more:
nearfield.org/2011/02/wifi-light-painting

26.4.13

RHYTHM VARIATION 06



rhythm variation 06

video by Hisaki Ito,
sound by Aoki Takamasa.


Aoki Takamasa's new album RV8 will release on raster-noton in May 2013.

25.4.13

Collectif - Pensées rebelles FOUCAULT, DERRIDA, DELEUZE - Éditions Sciences Humaines, Fr, 21 mars 2013 -



Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze : trois philosophes longtemps boudés par la France et aujourd’hui redécouverts. Leurs pensées peuvent être qualifiées de «  rebelles  » à double titre. Rebelles d’abord parce que singulières, critiques, irréductibles, remettant sans cesse en question le pouvoir, l’institution et la manière même de penser et de philosopher. Rebelles également parce que souvent difficiles d’accès – parfois même obscures ou hermétiques – et rétives à une lecture univoque. Et pourtant, en dépit de leur difficulté intrinsèque, elles trouvent encore un large écho aujourd’hui et pas seulement dans les cercles universitaires. Si leurs textes sont souvent ardus, ces philosophes ont toutefois réussi à se faire entendre. Leur engagement y est sans doute pour beaucoup. Loin de s’enfermer dans leur tour d’ivoire, ils se sont confrontés au réel et ont participé aux luttes concrètes de leur temps.


Les sciences humaines prennent aujourd’hui conscience de la fertilité de la pensée de ces trois philosophes : «  nomadisme  », «  rhizome  », «  biopolitique  » autant de concepts et d’outils qui irriguent désormais la réflexion sur la mondialisation et la résistance au libéralisme. À l’heure où ces pensées semblent s’être patrimonialisées, ce livre vient souligner la force de leur posture critique. Rebelles, elles furent… rebelles, elles sont encore.

Introduction



Si loin, si proches, le retour de trois pensées critiques (C. Halpern) 
La French Theory, métisse transatlantique (F. Cusset) 
L’affaire Sokal : pourquoi la France ? (N. Journet)


Michel Foucault (1926-1984)



Michel Foucault, l’insoumis (C. Halpern) 
La quête inachevée de Michel Foucault
(M. Lallement) 
À propos de Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (C. Halpern) 
À propos de Surveiller et Punir. Naissance de la prison (M. Fournier) 
Microphysique du pouvoir (C. Lefranc) 
Le gouvernement de soi (Frédéric Gros) 
Sous le regard de la critique (Jean-François Dortier) 
Petit vocabulaire foucaldien (encadré) 
Foucault et l’anthropologie (entretien avec M. Abélès) 
Quel apport pour la sociologie ? (Bernard Lahire) 
Foucault et l’histoire (entretien avec A. Farge)


Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)



La passion de l’excès (S. Camus) 
Citoyen Jacques Derrida (M. Gaille) 
Une éthique impossible (E. Rimboux) 
Derrida débat avec… (encadré) 
Le cas Derrida vu par la sociologie des sciences (M. Lamont) 
Le rire de l’écriture (M. Goldschmit)


Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995)



Le libertaire (C. Halpern) 
Le «  sale gosse  » de l’histoire de la philosophie (F. Streicher) 
À propos de Différence et Répétition (F. Streicher) 
Libérer les flux du désir (C. Halpern) 
L’anti-Œdipe vu par la psychanalyse (entretien avec É. Roudinesco) 
Deleuze à travers ses œuvres (encadré) 
À propos de Qu’est-ce que la philosophie ? (C. Maigné) 
Le devenir du rhizome (X. de la Vega) 
La pop’philosophie (entretien avec E. During)


Cet ouvrage est une reprise, revue et actualisée, du Hors-série spécial n° 3 du magazine Sciences Humaines (mai-juin 2005) : « Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze : Pensées rebelles ».



22.4.13

David Savat: The Uncoding the Digital Technology, Subjectivity and Action in the Control Society - Palgrave Macmillan, Uk, 2013



Examining the impact of digital media on surveillance, power and people's capacity for action, this book explores how people act, and are acted upon, in an increasingly connected world.

Digital media are having an enormous impact on the world. From the seemingly mundane, like playing World of Warcraft, to posting a message on Twitter or Facebook, to the operation of financial markets, to transformations in science and the economy - digital media continue to revolutionize how people live their daily life. This book challenges how we understand our relationship with our digital machines, and shows how they open up a new capacity for action in the world. A capacity for action that we should no longer simply think of in terms of movement and force, but also in terms of flow and viscosity. A capacity for action that produces a politics of fluids, and finds its expression not only in new forms of social control, but also in a renewed ability for people to engage with the world and each other.


Tables of contents:



Introduction
PART I: THE DATABASE
The Emergence of Modulation
Dividuality
PART II: THE INTERFACE
The Human-machine Assemblage
Mechanical Being
Digital Being
PART III: THE NETWORK
Solid Politics
Fluid Politics
The Boundary Layer
Conclusion 


DAVID SAVAT is a lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Western Australia. He is executive editor of the journal Deleuze Studies, and co-editor with Mark Poster of the collection Deleuze and New Technology (2009).

19.4.13

mo(nu)ment @Arci, Reggio Emilia, 3—5 Maggio 2013



mo(nu)ment

Luca Massaro (photographs), Francesco Tacchini (glitch).


La mostra aprirà dal 3 al 5 Maggio nella sede ARCI di Reggio Emilia,

Momento decisivo o monumento atemporale? La continua esposizione
all’immagine cambia la nostra percezione della realtà e del medium fotografico.
In un mondo-panopticon, lo sguardo rischia un’anestesia della percezione.
Nell’era di Instagram è ancora possibile fotografare la Tour Eiffel?
mo(nu)ment rappresenta uno o multipli  “nu moment” dell’immagine fotografica,
una percezione che si rinnova grazie alla fotografia stessa, monumento
unico, nel momento d’errore (glitch) dell’immagine digitalizzata.

John Dreyer - Engaging the audience: Rethinking hegemon and the web @ Futures, Volume 44, Issue 9, November 2012


John Dreyer

Engaging the audience: Rethinking hegemon and the web

@ Futures, Volume 44, Issue 9, November 2012

Abstract

This paper discusses the impact of the future web on the hegemonic state. As a continuation of the information revolution, web 2.0 and beyond will enable users to build a series of rhizomes that connect without the oversight of a hegemonic state. A rhizome is defined here as a community of users that connect with no central point of origination. With appropriate technology, rhizomes will provide connectivity amongst users that will enable them to trade products, knowledge and media without the need for a hegemonic state. This paper advances two futures scenarios that discuss two possible reactions by future hegemonic states to the technology enabled rhizome. One scenario is dystopian, with control of the rhizome and the user as the primary goal. The second scenario is more utopian, discussing future hegemonic adaptation and acceptance of the rhizome as an integral part of society and policy construction. Technology will not undermine the hegemon; instead the hegemon will be forced to adapt to its presence.

17.4.13

RHYTHM VARIATION 05



rhythm variation 05

video by Ryoichi Kurokawa,
sound by Aoki Takamasa.


Aoki Takamasa's new album RV8 will release on raster-noton in May 2013.

16.4.13

Syn chron by Carsten Nicolai - Raster Noton, D, March 2013



syn chron



by Carsten Nicolai
Carsten Nicolai brings art, architecture, and music together in one inventive project.
Release Date: 
March 2013
Format: 
18,5 x 23 cm
Features: 
102 pages, full color, hardcover, incl. DVD
Language: 
English

syn chron documents artist and musician Carsten Nicolai’s eponymous project—in analog form as a book and in digital form on an included DVD.

The centerpiece of syn chron is a mobile space that simultaneously serves as a body for transmitting acoustics, a resonant room, and projection surface. This space, which was constructed by Werner Sobek, is a crystalline architectonic structure whose translucent, synthetic skin is a medium for sonic and optic impulses. Electronic music composed by Nicolai generates projections of modulated light that are triggered by lasers. Visitors can enter the structure and experience it from the outside. Nicolai has presented many concerts in this installation, including those at the New National Gallery in Berlin, at Ycam in Yamaguchi, and at biennials in Berne and Singapore.

This book showcases syn chron in a rich selection of images and texts. The included DVD features supplementary audio and video material.

One of Germany’s most famous contemporary artists, Carsten Nicolai has been working at the intersection between art and science since the early 1990s. In the books Grid IndexMoiré Index and cyclo. id, he successfully documented fundamental visual and sonic structures.
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Carsten Nicolai – A little grid more from Gestalten on Vimeo.

Amon Tobin - Pre Show Music for the recent european ISAM shows

15.4.13

Adnen Jdey (Ed.) - Gilles Deleuze, la logique du sensible - esthétique et clinique - De l'incidence éditeur (27 Mar 2013)


Ce n’est pas le moindre des mérites de la pensée de Gilles Deleuze que de penser l’individuation de l’art sous le signe d’une logique du sensible où esthétique et clinique sont en présuppositions réciproques. En explorant les coupes et les tensions névralgiques qui irriguent cette logique, les études ici réunies trouvent leur commune impulsion dans le souci de remettre en chantier la cartographie deleuzienne des arts, et d’interroger les écarts et les résonances internes qui l’animent. La spécificité de cet ouvrage est de croiser non seulement des lectures d’éminents spécialistes de la philosophie de Gilles Deleuze, venant sonder à nouveaux frais son rapport singulier aux variations du sensible, mais aussi des contributions de théoriciens de la théorie littéraire, de la musique, du cinéma ou encore de l’histoire de l’art, réinterrogeant depuis leur point de vue une pensée de la création dont on ne mesure pas encore pleinement la puissance et la fécondité.

Le livre comprend en outre un texte inédit de Gilles Deleuze, sur Francis Bacon.


Ouvrage publié sous la direction de Adnen Jdey
avec des textes de : Arnaud Villani, Claude Imbert, Véronique Bergen, Fabien Tarby, Philippe Mengue, Anne Sauvagnargues, Stéphane Chaudier, Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Suzanne Hême de Lacotte, Jean-Claude Dumoncel, Bruno Heuzé, Lambert Dousson, Jehanne Dautrey, Pierre Montebello, Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc, François Zourabichvili, Fabrice Bourlez, Christian Ruby, Eric Alliez et Adnen Jdey.


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14.4.13

Julia Meier - Die Tiefe der Oberfläche: David Lynch - Gilles Deleuze - Francis Bacon - Kulturverlag Kadmos (Feb 2013)


In "Die Tiefe der Oberfläche" werden interdisziplinär die Filme von David Lynch untersucht. Hierzu dient die Philosophie von Gilles Deleuze sowie die Malerei von Francis Bacon, um anhand der komplexen Strukturen, der paradoxen Sequenzen und Inhalte sowie der zum Teil nicht chronologischen Handlungsabläufe der Filme Lynchs das topologische Konzept der Oberfläche zu untersuchen.
Es wird der Versuch unternommen, einzelne Filme, Szenen und Sequenzen als Gesamtkörper, eine Art ‚skulpturales Design‘, zu begreifen, die Dimension des Visuellen über die Ebene der Narration zu stellen, und somit der Definition von Film eine neue Lesart anzutragen, die sich deutlich von der linguistisch dominierten Filmtheorie abwendet.
Die narrative Ebene ist die Repräsentation, das heißt die codierte Form des kulturell Normierten und Wiedererkennbaren – das Klischee. Die Loslösung davon erscheint in Form einer Affektlogik, welche die Subjekt-Objekt-Unterscheidung aufhebt, und den Betrachter somit wie Bacon formuliert„ohne Umweg durch das Hirn direkt ins Nervensystem trifft“. Dieses ist der eigentliche ‚gewaltsame‘ Akt, der einen ‚Bewegungsschub‘ in einen neuen Erfahrungsbereich auslöst, und mit Deleuze gesprochen einen genuinen Prozess des Werdens ermöglicht.
Die theoretische Verbindung zwischen den im Zentrum stehenden Filmen Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Lost Highway (1997) und Inland Empire (2006), bildet das Konzept der sensuellen Wahrnehmung, welches Deleuze vorrangig in Bezug auf das Werk Francis Bacons in Francis Bacon: Logik der Sensation definiert.
Die verschiedenen Aspekte der vorliegenden Arbeit sollen verdeutlichen, dass die Malerei Bacons und die Filme Lynchs trotz ihrer gegensätzlichen Medien im Wesentlichen dieselbe Logik der Sensation besitzen. Beide verfolgen die Kreation der Figur (Lyotard), um dem Figurativen zu entkommen.


Julia Meier, Dr. phil., ist Literatur-, und Kulturwissenschaftlerin. Sie lehrte an der Stony Brook University, New York, der Leibniz Universität Hannover sowie der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg und arbeitete als Kuratorin für zeitgenössische Kunst in der Kestnergesellschaft Hannover. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen an den Schnittstellen von Literatur, Kunst, Film, Musik, Philosophie, Mode und Popkultur.

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13.4.13

Video Recordings @ Between Deleuze and Foucault Conference at Purdue University November 30 – December 1, 2012


Conference Schedule

Between Deleuze and Foucault
Conference at Purdue University
November 30 – December 1, 2012
List of Presentations (20 min presentation + 20min Q&A per paper)
All regular sessions will be held at the West Faculty Lounge in the Purdue Memorial Union.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The plenary address on Friday afternoon will take place in Krannert Auditorium in Krannert Hall.
[Click on links below to view video recordings of proceedings]
We would like to thank Andrew J. Iliadis for his help in recording the presentations at the conference.

Friday  - Nov 30th 
8:45 am – 9:15 am: Continental Breakfast (provided)
9:15 am – 9:30 am Opening Remarks: Daniel Smith 
9:30 am - 10:50 am Session 1 - Method and Critique 
    Moderator: Nicolae Morar
    9:30 am – 10:10 am Colin Koopman - Critical Problematization in F & D: The Force of Critique w/out Judgment
    10:10 am – 10:50 am Alain Beaulieu – Foucault and Deleuze as Symptomatologists
    10:50 am -11:10 am Coffee Break

11:10 am - 12:30 pm Session 2 – Philosophy as an Activity: From Difference to the Present
    Moderator: Ladelle McWhorter
    11:10 am – 11:50 am L. Lawlor & J. Scholtz - Speaking Out For Others: Philosophy’s Activity in D&F (& H)
Q&A Session
    11:50 am – 12:30 pm Dianna Taylor – Ontology of Difference, Ontology of the Present
Q&A Session
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm – 3:20 pm Session 3 – Archeology, Genealogy, and Politics      Moderator: Thomas Nail
    2:00 pm – 2:40 pm Kevin Thompson – Foucault & The Image of Thought
Q&A Session

    2:40 pm – 3:20 pm Chris Penfield - D & F’s Block of Becoming: toward a Theory of Transversal Politics
Q&A Session
    3:20 pm – 3:40 pm Coffee Break
3:40 pm - 5:00 pm Session 4 – Desire, Pleasure, and Power     Moderator: Daniel Smith
    3:40 pm – 4:20 pm Thomas Nail – Biopower and Control Societies
Q&A Session
    4:20 pm – 5:00 pm Nicolae Morar – The Pleasure-Desire Problem
Q&A Session 
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Break
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Plenary Session: Krannert Auditorium, Krannert Hall    Introduction: Arkady Plotnitsky, Purdue University
    Plenary Address: William Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
Q&A Session 
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Dinner at Bistro 501 restaurant 

Saturday (Dec 1st) 8:45 am – 9:30 pm: Continental Breakfast (provided)
9:30 am - 10:50 pm Session 5 - The Legacy of Hegel and Marx     Moderator: Todd May
    9:30 am – 10:10 am Tom Flynn - Specialized Reasoning versus the French Hegel: Foucault and Deleuze
    10:10 am – 10:50 am Roberto Nigro - Marx' Legacy in Foucault and Deleuze.
    10:50 am -11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am - 12:30 pm Session 6 – Method and Critique    Moderator: Alan Schrift
    11:10 am – 11:50 am Anne Sauvagnargues – Conditions, Diagrams, and Forms
Q&A Session
    11:50 am – 12:30 pm John Protevi - Foucault’s Deleuzean Methodology of the Late 1970s
Q&A Session 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm – 3:20 pm Session 7 – Time, Technology, and Resistance    Moderator: William McBride
    2:00 pm – 2:40 pm Marco Altamirano –Deleuze and Foucault on Time and Technology
Q&A Session
    2:40 pm – 3:20 pm Daniel Smith – Two Concepts of Resistance
Q&A Session 
3:20 pm – 3:45 pm Coffee Break
Closing Remarks: William McBride

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DANIEL W. SMITH - ON THE SOURCES OF NORMATIVITY: A DELEUZEAN ACCOUNT @ Purdue University as part of the Illuminations Lecture Series on Thursday April 4th, 2013.


Daniel W. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and one of the world’s leading commentators on Deleuze. He is the translator of Deleuze’s Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation and Essays Critical And Clinical, as well as Isabelle Stengers’ The Invention of Modern Science and Pierre Klossowski’s Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle. Dr. Smith is the author of Essays on Deleuze and, most recently, the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze.
Dr. Smith presented this lecture, “On the Sources of Normativity: A Deleuzean Account”, at Purdue University as part of the Illuminations Lecture Series on Thursday April 4th, 2013.

12.4.13

Luciana Parisi - Abstract Sex Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire - Continuum, Uk, 2004




Abstract Sex investigates the impact of advances in contemporary science and information technology on conceptions of sex. 
Evolutionary theory and the technologies of viral information transfer, cloning and genetic engineering are changing the way we think about human sex, reproduction and the communication of genetic information. 

Abstract Sex presents a philosophical exploration of this new world of sexual, informatic and capitalist multiplicity, of the accelerated mutation of nature and culture.

Luciana Parisi: Senior Lecturer/Convenor of PhD Cultural Studies

“'...Her vision, and it is a vision, is literally a molecular one in which sex is instantiated in any number of biologically, cultutally and technologically define assemblages...Abstract Sex does a good job of developing a productive critique of the anthropomorphic assumptions of much theorising about sex and gender and its technique of magnifying the place of sex and reproduction onto every stratum of nature-culture is a useful reminder of the relatively limited place of human sex across life forms.'” – Andrew Goffey,
“"I deeply appreciate Parisi's vigorous and unapologetic engagement with scientific theories and evidence." -Myra J. Hird, Feminist Studies, Vol. 35, Summer 2009” – 


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Dr Luciana Parisi’s research looks at the asymmetric relationship between science and philosophy, aesthetics and culture, technology and politics to investigate potential conditions for ontological and epistemological change.  Her work on cybernetics and information theories, evolutionary theories, genetic coding and viral transmission has informed her analysis of culture and politics, the critique of capitalism, power and control. During the late 90s she worked with the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick and has since been writing with Steve Goodman (aka kode 9). In 2004, she published Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Continuum Press), where she departed from the critical impasse between notions of the body, sexuality, gender on the one hand, and studies of science and technologies on the other. Her work engaged with ontological and epistemological transformations entangled to the technocapitalist development of biotechnologies, which un-intentionally re-articulated models of evolutions, questioning dominant conceptions of sex, femininity and desire.  Since the publication of Abstract Sex, she has also written on the bionic transformation of the perceptive sensorium triggered by new media, on the advancement of new techno-ecologies of control, and on the nanoengineering of matter.  She has published articles about the relation between cybernetic machines, memory and perception in the context of a non-phenomenological critique of computational media and in relation to emerging strategies of branding and marketing. Her interest in interactive media has also led her research to engage more closely with computation, cognition, and algorithmic aesthetics. She is currently writing on architectural modeling and completing a monograph: Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and the Control of Space  (MIT Press, April 2013).



11.4.13

Luciana Parisi - Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics and Space - MIT Press, Usa, April 2013


In Contagious Architecture, Luciana Parisi offers a philosophical inquiry into the status of the algorithm in architectural and interaction design. Her thesis is that algorithmic computation is not simply an abstract mathematical tool but constitutes a mode of thought in its own right, in that its operation extends into forms of abstraction that lie beyond direct human cognition and control. These include modes of infinity, contingency, and indeterminacy, as well as incomputable quantities underlying the iterative process of algorithmic processing. The main philosophical source for the project is Alfred North Whitehead, whose process philosophy is specifically designed to provide a vocabulary for "modes of thought" exhibiting various degrees of autonomy from human agency even as they are mobilized by it. Because algorithmic processing lies at the heart of the design practices now reshaping our world -- from the physical spaces of our built environment to the networked spaces of digital culture -- the nature of algorithmic thought is a topic of pressing importance that reraises questions of control and, ultimately, power. Contagious Architecture revisits cybernetic theories of control and information theory's notion of the incomputable in light of this rethinking of the role of algorithmic thought. Informed by recent debates in political and cultural theory around the changing landscape of power, it links the nature of abstraction to a new theory of power adequate to the complexities of the digital world.


Luciana Parisi is a Senior Lecturer and runs the MA program in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London.
The thrill of this volume lies in its sustained pursuit of the problem of chance, randomness, and noncomputability as core dynamics in digital media. Its brilliantly heterodox take on computation allows Contagious Architecture to develop a groundbreaking account of algorithms and software, an account that puts debates about prediction and control in computational cultures on a much more exciting footing.”
Adrian Mackenzie, Lancaster University; author of Wirelessness: Radical Empiricism in Network Cultures
“In Contagious Architecture, Luciana Parisi gives us a sense of space beyond spatiality, showing us an architecture in which the fixed is fluidan evocative and rigorous study whose scope exceeds traditional disciplinary boundaries.”
Eugene Thacker, School of Media Studies, The New School; author of The Global Genome
Contagious Architecture is the antidote to the cyclical trend of Auguste Comte’s neopositivistic ‘order of discourse.’ By restoring the whole spectrum of languages, the multiple whispering in computation’s Tower of Babel, Luciana Parisi introduces contingencies, the ‘one thousand plateaus,’ as a factor of knowledgerid of its deterministic and intrinsic nature of controlto release its consequences as well as its presuppositions.”
François Roche, architect
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Dr Luciana Parisi’s research looks at the asymmetric relationship between science and philosophy, aesthetics and culture, technology and politics to investigate potential conditions for ontological and epistemological change.  Her work on cybernetics and information theories, evolutionary theories, genetic coding and viral transmission has informed her analysis of culture and politics, the critique of capitalism, power and control. During the late 90s she worked with the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick and has since been writing with Steve Goodman (aka kode 9). In 2004, she published Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Continuum Press), where she departed from the critical impasse between notions of the body, sexuality, gender on the one hand, and studies of science and technologies on the other. Her work engaged with ontological and epistemological transformations entangled to the technocapitalist development of biotechnologies, which un-intentionally re-articulated models of evolutions, questioning dominant conceptions of sex, femininity and desire.  Since the publication of Abstract Sex, she has also written on the bionic transformation of the perceptive sensorium triggered by new media, on the advancement of new techno-ecologies of control, and on the nanoengineering of matter.  She has published articles about the relation between cybernetic machines, memory and perception in the context of a non-phenomenological critique of computational media and in relation to emerging strategies of branding and marketing. Her interest in interactive media has also led her research to engage more closely with computation, cognition, and algorithmic aesthetics. She is currently writing on architectural modeling and completing a monograph: Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and the Control of Space  (MIT Press, April 2013).


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Nicholas Thoburn: The Strangest Cult: Material Forms of the Political Book through Deleuze and Guattari @ Deleuze Studies, February 2013


Nicholas Thoburn: The Strangest Cult: Material Forms of the Political Book through Deleuze and Guattari @ Deleuze Studies, February 2013
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This article investigates the complex object of the political book. Mobilising Deleuze and Guattari's typology of the book, the article assesses the material properties of four specific books (or sets of books): Mao Zedong's ‘Little Red Book’, Russian Futurist books, Antonin Artaud's paper ‘spells’, and Guy Debord and Asger Jorn's ‘anti-book’Mémoires. Highly critical of the dominant mode of the political book, what they call the ‘root-book’, Deleuze and Guattari draw attention to the troubling religious structures and passions that order its field. Here the book internalises the world as the origin and source of truth and authority – a mode of existence as dear to the avant-garde as it is to religious formations: ‘Wagner, Mallarmé, and Joyce, Marx and Freud: still Bibles.’ But the book also features in Deleuze and Guattari's counter-figure of the ‘rhizome-book’, where they foreground the dynamic materiality of this medium: ‘A book has neither object nor subject; it is made of variously formed matters, and very different dates and speeds.’ The rhizome-book is an enticing concept for assessing the political book, yet Deleuze and Guattari pay little attention to the specific, concrete attributes of this medium. In focusing on the properties of particular books this article seeks to address that absence, and so contribute to an understanding of the political book that is fully engaged with its material forms.

Slavoj Žižek - Organi senza corpi. Deleuze e le sue implicazioni - La scuola di Pitagora, Gennaio 2013



Dopo essere passato già da tempo per «rockstar del mondo accademico», Slavoj Žižek incontra uno dei protagonisti più influenti e popolari degli ultimi decenni di filosofia: Gilles Deleuze. Un dialogo? impossibile: nessuno dei due ha mai avuto molta considerazione per questa forma filosofica. Si tratta piuttosto di un match appassionato, ma senza esclusione di colpi. lo sloveno guarda a Deleuze come a una figura indispensabile per la contemporaneità – tanto da ricavare dalla sua opera, nella seconda parte del volume (le “implicazioni”), indicazioni preziose relative ai campi della scienza (la svolta cognitiva), dell’arte (il cinema, soprattutto), della politica (la rischiosa individuazione del potenziale rivoluzionario).
Per arrivare a questo, però, è necessario, per quel dialettico sagace e sottile che è Žižek, mettere Deleuze contro Deleuze stesso. Giocare l’autore di Differenza e ripeti- zione, La logica del senso, Il freddo e il crudele e quant'altro contro il filosofo dell’Anti- Edipo e più in generale dei libri realizzati in collaborazione con Félix Guattari. opporre il Deleuze dalle risonanze riconoscibilmente freudiane, lacaniane e persino hegeliane a quello della “produzione del desiderio” e dei relativi (fuorvianti, a detta di Žižek) echi marxisti. Di conseguenza, Organi senza corpo è anche un’acuta presa di posizione nei riguardi dei “deleuzismi” sbocciati in questi anni. Ma è soprattutto la (ri)scoperta, attraverso Deleuze (e in qualche modo suo malgrado), di un paradossale, nuovo e arcinoto al tempo stesso, materialismo. 

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