How Many Breakdowns For Every Breakthrough?

(tr. generation collapse) Ultimately, one escapes from the structuralist impasse by recognizing that an effect of meaning only has repercussions at the level of the signified in so far as potentialities of subjective action are liberated, once there is a breach in the signifier...The machinic breakthrough, waiting, masked by the structure, is the subject in … Continue reading How Many Breakdowns For Every Breakthrough?

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‘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’

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?

Strike Till Retirement (notes on Precarias a la Deriva’s ‘A Very Careful Strike’)

[Note on the translators introduction: Crucial for our understanding of the particular fusion of political activity with knowledge production that comes out of Precarias a la Deriva is their novel use of the Situationist derive. As they note in ‘First Stutterings of Precarias a la Deriva,’ “In our particular version, we opt to exchange the … Continue reading Strike Till Retirement (notes on Precarias a la Deriva’s ‘A Very Careful Strike’)

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

Guattari & Italy’s “Hot Autumn”

Guattari was dreaming of building a federation of regional protest movements, which could open up secondary fronts and weaken the Nation-State. Despite his extensive network of contacts, he never managed to realize this perilous project, which was located on the cusp between democratic combat and terrorist action [...] Guattari became a hero figure in Bologna. … Continue reading Guattari & Italy’s “Hot Autumn”