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 …

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 …

#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 …

Pina Bausch’s 1980

“The purpose is not to describe or represent bodies; bodies already have proper qualities, actions and passions, souls, in short forms, which are themselves bodies. Representations are bodies too.” A Thousand Plateaus, Chapter 3 The dance is superficial and exterior, a surface and a space. It offers itself already whole and completed. We are not …

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Deleuze on Nietzsche

Deleuze on Nietzsche (difference in terms of the horizontal axis of movement) yikes. Notes… ‘origin’ means a plurality of differences. A genealogy is an effort to separate oneself from them. For Nietzsche, geneology is fundamentally an evaluation. Evaluation entails a distancing; distancing is the element of difference. Nietzsche’s thought is resolutely antidialectical and suspicious of all …

Deleuze and Guatarri Capitalism and Schizophrenia

Desubjectification

Vectors trace for us the contours of an experience, but not an experience that we may comfortably relate to. Vectors form new paths, new terrain, and new ways of thinking. Desubjectification through movement/ flashes and rushes. … This element of exteriority…will give time a new rhythm: an endless succession of catatonic episodes or fainting spells, …