Deleuze and Guatarri Capitalism and Schizophrenia

#1 Making a Body without Organs

The body without organs first appeared in Deleuze’s (1990) The Logic of Sense, then in Deleuze and Guattari’s (1984) Anti-Oedipus and then in Deleuze and Guattari’s (1988) A Thousand Plateaus. The term was first coined by Antonin Artaud in the 1940s, and Deleuze and Guattari (1988: 150) suggest that Artaud made himself a body without organs when …

#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 …

#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 …

#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 …

#8 Anti-Oedipus: BwO

Desire and subjectivity? Where did you go? Is the BwO a real body or some sort of metaphor for capitalism? Well, D&G don’t really beleive in metaphor. No representation. No modeling or mini. For D&G, we are always “becoming.” So, in essense, we become capital and capital becomes us. It’s about the processes, the production …

#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 …

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? …

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

#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 …