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A ten-week temporary workspace for the exploration of generative practices in contemporary experimental writing.  The goal of the space is two-fold: 1. To read, discuss and debate contemporary approaches to experimental writing. 2. To produce new work in innovative ways that engage with contemporary strategies of appropriation, erasure, recycling, remixing, framing, stealing, copying, pasting, recovery, documentation, …

Schizophrenic Poems

POEMS WRITTEN AFTER STUDYING SCHIZOPHRENIA Before this picture, both people hated each other. They were accidentally thrown together for it. But a miraculous change took place. In the picture, they feel as if they are a picture, a complete thing. They’re aware of all the edges of picture and they accept them. Right after the …

Deleuze and Guatarri Capitalism and Schizophrenia

#13 A Thousand Plateaus: BwO

This is all twisted up. It’s not. Actually the BwO is an intensification of all feeling… However, achieving these intensities is delicate. In fact, D&G warn readers of the “ever-present dangers of that empty their BwO’s instead of filling them.” (ATP 152) Creating a BwO is a task that must be attacked with caution, `since …

Deleuze and Guatarri Capitalism and Schizophrenia

#11 A Thousand Plateaus: BwO

So what’s a BwO this time? Hypochondriac body: “The organs are destroyed, the damage has already been done, nothing happens anymore. ‘Miss X claims that she no longer has a brain or nerves or chest or stomach or guts. All she has left is the skin and bones of a disorganized body. These are her words:’” (ATP, 150) …

Deleuze and Guatarri Capitalism and Schizophrenia

#10 A Thousand Plateaus: BwO

In A Thousand Plateaus (ATP), the BwO is depicted as productive – independent of goal-directed workings of the capitalist political economy, and irreducible to the Freudian mommy-daddy-me triangle. Invoking the BwO, D&G offer a different way of thinking about the body that contrasts with the notion of the organism. What do they mean by organism? …

#9 Anti-Oedipus: BwO

So the celibate machine is a good thing? Well, sort of. Again. D&G don’t exactly like the categories of good and bad. But they do explicitly describe the residuum of the celibate machine as positive. A celibate machine takes on all kinds of different desiring-machines (thinking that these machines are his /her “true” subjectivity). However, these …

#7 Anti-Oedipus: BwO

Capital is a body without organs of the capitalist (or the capitalist being), and labor is a productive machine. Recording: Capital is thus the unproductive surface on which the production of labor is recorded. “Recording” means that the value of labor/production is determined on capital. For the miraculous aspect they refer to Marx’s concept of …

#6 Anti-Oedipus: BwO

If a BwO doesn’t produce anything, how does it function? The two aspects of the BwO that most interest D&G are its function of recording and its apparent miraculous form, that is, the appearance of miracles. “The body without organs, the unproductive, the unconsumable, serves as a surface for the recording of the entire process …

#5 Anti-Oedipus: BwO

What is a desiring machine? For D&G, there is no such thing as desire, only desiring-machines. It’s not a thing, but a process. Roland Bogue describes desiring machines by way of an infant feeding a the mother’s breast. Here the “mouth-machine” of the infant and the “breast machine” enter into an circuit (through the flow of …