‘Desire Never Stops Investing History’

What is the relationship between machine and structure? What is it that differentiates a line of flight from becoming a pure line of death? Now, however unhelpful as it may seem, a perfectly adequate to answer to these questions would be the difference between the nature of the possible and desire’s orientation toward the virtual … Continue reading ‘Desire Never Stops Investing History’

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What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

- What is To Live and Think Like Pigs about? [Châtelet:] It’s a book about the fabrication of individuals who operate a soft censorship on themselves...In them, humanity is reduced to a bubble of rights, not going beyond strict biological functions of the yum-yum-fart type. . .as well as the vroom-vroom and beep-beep of cybernetics and … Continue reading What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

Notes on Christian Jambet & the Question of the One

If there is one conviction shared by the majority of contemporary philosophers, this is it: the one is not [l'un n'est pas]. . .Once affirmed, this conviction converts smoothly into various systems of thought, until either every attestation of the real is renounced, or at least until the real is thoroughly separated from its theological … Continue reading Notes on Christian Jambet & the Question of the One

The Girl With the Bomb, The Guardian of Dynamite: Notes on the politics of becoming-woman

Excerpt from a piece on D&G, gender, struggle, and communism as the 'real movement' of abolition   1. Identifying the Girl of Russian Terrorism In the tenth chapter of A Thousand Plateaus, '1730: Becoming-intense, becoming-animal...', one is presented with a sequence of memories drawn from such a diversity of individuals and conceptual-personae that the sequence itself appears … Continue reading The Girl With the Bomb, The Guardian of Dynamite: Notes on the politics of becoming-woman

The Human Strike and The Politics of Escape

Transcript of a short talk I gave @ b-books for the German book launch of Dark Deleuze in Berlin.  Introductory Remarks The terms of escape, opacity, and indiscernibility are perhaps three of the most essential concepts that constitute the lexicon of Dark Deleuze; a lexicon that seeks to refute and replace the consensus of Deleuze as a thinker … Continue reading The Human Strike and The Politics of Escape

‘Concrete Rules and Abstract Machines’ (some notes & comments on Brassier’s talk at the ‘A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy’ London Workshop)

[What follows is a summary of, and some comments on, Ray Brassier's talk regarding the final chapter of A Thousand Plateaus. Delivered in London, 2015, at the A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy Workshop] At the very least one can confidently say that the reputation of A Thousand Plateaus precedes itself. At times, its reputation even precedes a reader's first … Continue reading ‘Concrete Rules and Abstract Machines’ (some notes & comments on Brassier’s talk at the ‘A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy’ London Workshop)

Deleuze, Patton, and Godard go to the Cinema

Jean-Pierre Léaud and Anne Wiazemsky, La Chinoise (1967) The aim of this essay is to interrogate the relationship between Idea-problems, creativity, and the society of control as undertaken by Deleuze (within philosophy), Godard (within cinema), and Paul Patton (philosophy and cinema). It will be shown how Deleuze’s understanding of the relation between Ideas, creativity, and control differs … Continue reading Deleuze, Patton, and Godard go to the Cinema