Deleuze and Space

Deleuze and Space

Ian Buchanan
Gregg Lambert
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 256
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    Deleuze and Space
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    Gilles Deleuze was arguably the twentieth century’s most spatial philosopher - not only did he contribute a plethora of new concepts to engage space, space was his very means of doing philosophy. He said everything takes place on a plane of immanence, envisaging a vast desert-like space populated by concepts moving about like nomads. Deleuze made philosophy spatial and gave us the concepts of smooth and striated, nomadic and sedentary, deterritorialization and reterritorialization, the fold, as well as many others to enable us to think spatially.This collection takes up the challenge of thinking spatially by exploring Deleuze’s spatial concepts in applied contexts: architecture, cinema, urban planning, political philosophy and metaphysics. In doing so, it brings together some of the most accomplished Deleuze scholars writing today - Réda Bensmaîa, Ian Buchanan, Claire Colebrook, Tom Conley, Manuel DeLanda, Gary Genosko, Gregg Lambert and Nigel Thrift.Key Features*The first book of critical commentary on the diverse intellectual, philosophical, artistic and architectural responses Deleuze's work on space has provoked in the past decade* Includes work from leading figures in the field of Deleuze studies and introduces authoritative new voices* Students and scholars in the fields of art, architecture, urban studies and philosophy will find this an invaluable guide to the work of an author whose impact is already substantial and is likely to grow in the years to come* Written in a lucid, introductory style that will appeal to non-specialists

    eISBN: 978-0-7486-7927-0
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgements
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction Deleuze and Space
    (pp. 1-15)
    Ian Buchanan and Gregg Lambert

    In the opening pages of Getting Back into Place, Edward Casey defies us to imagine a world without place. It is impossible to do, he says, citing as proof the very terror such a thought evokes. We can scarcely think of anything more terrible, he argues, than the absence of place. ‘Our lives are so place-oriented and place-saturated that we cannot begin to comprehend, much less face up to, what sheer placelessness would be like’ (Casey 1993: ix). Doubtless this is because we intuit that we could not be, indeed would not be, if we did not have a place...

  5. Chapter 1 Space in the Age of Non-Place
    (pp. 16-35)
    Ian Buchanan

    In Critique de la vie quotidienne 1: Introduction, published in 1947 Henri Lefebvre drew together two concepts that have effectively been inseparable ever since in studies of the human environment, namely space and everyday life. He conceived this relation dialectically such that the everyday and space are never in step, but always somehow out of kilter either because the built environment has not taken account of history (‘Notes on the New Town’) or because as modern subjects we have forgotten how to connect to history (‘Notes Written One Sunday in the French Countryside’).¹ In the half-century since, a number of...

  6. Chapter 2 To See with the Mind and Think through the Eye: Deleuze, Folding Architecture, and Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers
    (pp. 36-60)
    Paul A. Harris

    Gilles Deleuze’s thinking about space is not to be found in a single text or statement. It is rather distributed throughout his writings about topics as diverse as Francis Bacon’s paintings, fractal geometry, biological morphologies, and geography. Over the past decade or so, Deleuze’s diffuse philosophy of space has actually been most incisively clarified not by philosophers, but architects and architectural theorists. Several influential architects have turned to Deleuze’s philosophy as a means to rethink the conceptual grounds of their field. Deleuze’s spatial concepts are then implemented in architectural work, and given visible form as architects utilise new design techniques...

  7. Chapter 3 Stealing into Gilles Deleuze’s Baroque House
    (pp. 61-79)
    Hélène Frichot

    In considering architecture as an object of investigation the house is the most obvious starting point, perhaps too obvious. It offers us the very first threshold beyond which we are subject to unpredictable forces. Gaston Bachelard was well aware of this when he wrote The Poetics of Space. The archetypal, immemorial spaces we visit alongside him reintroduce us to the erstwhile lost nooks and crannies of the house as framing device of the blissful domestic scene, albeit a specifically European model of said structure, with its vertical arrangement of attic, serial storeys, and basement. We will begin here within the...

  8. Chapter 4 Space: Extensive and Intensive, Actual and Virtual
    (pp. 80-88)
    Manuel DeLanda

    There are at least two kinds of space relevant to our human identity. As biological organisms and as social agents we live our lives within spaces bounded by natural and artificial extensive boundaries, that is, within zones that extend in space up to a limit marked by a frontier. Whether we are talking about the frontiers of a country, a city, a neighbourhood or an ecosystem, inhabiting these extensive spaces is part of what defines our social and biological identities. There are, however, other well-defined spaces which we also inhabit but which are less familiar: these are zones of intensity,...

  9. Chapter 5 ‘Genesis Eternal’: After Paul Klee
    (pp. 89-108)
    John David Dewsbury and Nigel Thrift

    As geographers we are often seen as delegates and curators of ‘space’ by those who inhabit the humanities and social sciences. We are hemmed in by the three dominant ways in which space is rendered: (1) Space as a Newtonian conceptualisation where it is seen as a category equal to time, thus allying geography to history. Space here is the solution to the question: the interaction and integration of phenomena is explained in terms of space. In other words, space is the container for action – Kant’s filing system for observation – an abstract frame of reference independent of matter;...

  10. Chapter 6 After Informatic Striation: The Resignification of Disc Numbers in Contemporary Inuit Popular Culture
    (pp. 109-125)
    Gary Genosko and Adam Bryx

    The early 1970s in Canada marked a, perhaps not the, beginning of the privacy debate as we know it today. Under the sway of technological innovation, especially computerisation of records and the spectre of dataveillance, the federal government sought to investigate administrative practices pertaining to the handling of personal information. One of the formative documents remains the report Privacy and Computers, established by two federal governmental departments, Communications and Justice. The above quotation represents a moment of historical reflection on past governmental practices as they pertain to the administration of the lives of First Nations peoples in Canada.

    What is...

  11. Chapter 7 Thinking Leaving
    (pp. 126-143)
    Branka Arsic

    Gilles Deleuze is among those rare philosophers who poses the question of a thinking that would not be conditioned by time. He asks whether it is possible not only to criticise Kant in order to offer a theory of thought fractured by time in a non-Kantian way, but also to think a radically different thought that would be neither temporal, historical, reflexive nor active, and instead geographical, inorganic, passive and vegetal. As is well known, in order to develop the possibility of such a thought Deleuze introduced a highly elaborated terminological apparatus at whose core was the thought of multiplicity...

  12. Chapter 8 On the ‘Spiritual Automaton’, Space and Time in Modern Cinema According to Gilles Deleuze
    (pp. 144-158)
    Réda Bensmaïa

    The unifying thread of this article is the ‘spiritual automaton’, a ‘concept’ that appears relatively late in Gilles Deleuze’s work, in Cinema 1. The Movement-Image (1986) and Cinema 2. The Time-Image (1989), but one that nonetheless plays a crucial role in the general economy of the Deleuzian conception of the way(s) space and time are produced and negotiated in cinema.

    A certain familiarity with the work of Deleuze makes readily apparent both that the concepts he creates need not appear in the title of a book or a chapter to play an important role in his analysis, and that any...

  13. Chapter 9 Ahab and Becoming-Whale: The Nomadic Subject in Smooth Space
    (pp. 159-175)
    Tamsin Lorraine

    The work of Gilles Deleuze develops a way of conceiving reality in terms of dynamic process that privileges difference rather than identity, movement rather than stasis, and change rather than what remains the same. This way of thinking challenges not only traditional ontologies focussed on the underlying essences of shifting appearances, but theories of space and time related to those ontologies. On Deleuze’s view, common sense notions of space and time as totalised wholes within which everything can be either spatially or chronologically related with respect to everything else are no more than retrospective constructs. The movements of life are...

  14. Chapter 10 Transcendental Aesthetics: Deleuze’s Philosophy of Space
    (pp. 176-188)
    Gregory Flaxman

    If space constitutes one of the most perplexing and elusive concepts in all of Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy, this is undoubtedly because its conceptualisation never amounts to any kind of traditional definition. Even as Deleuze develops a whole variety of spatial modalities, from the ‘smooth and striated’ to the ‘molar and molecular’ to the ‘derived and descriptive’, ¹ these discussions only serve to confuse any more general sense of space. What can we say with certainty about what Deleuze means by space in itself? We might respond here by suggesting that this question, auguring as it does the imposition of an...

  15. Chapter 11 The Space of Man: On the Specificity of Affect in Deleuze and Guattari
    (pp. 189-206)
    Claire Colebrook

    How do the spatial metaphors adopted by Deleuze and Foucault in their early work relate to a theory of actual space? When Foucault, in The Order of Things (1970), detailed a series of historical a priori, he set himself the task of uncovering the ‘table’ across which the terms of thought were distributed. He also referred to spaces of knowledge, and concluded with reflections on the history of thought as defined by various ‘foldings’ producing an interiority and exteriority. One of the many texts to which Foucault’s work was responding was Edmund Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences (1970) which,...

  16. Chapter 12 The Desert Island
    (pp. 207-219)
    Tom Conley

    One of Gilles Deleuze’s earliest pieces of writing could be imagined as a manuscript that its author, a shipwrecked sailor having washed up on a deserted island, wrote and illustrated with a map on a piece of paper, scrolled tightly into a coil, and then pushed down the neck of a bottle he corked and tossed into the ocean. But unlike the marooned soul on the beach living in the hope that a crew aboard a passing ship might find the bottle bobbing in the waves, read the words and look at the map in order to change the course...

  17. Chapter 13 What the Earth Thinks
    (pp. 220-239)
    Gregg Lambert

    Before examining the concept of space in Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy, one would first have to ask what the Earth thinks. In other words, if the Earth had a philosophy, what would it be? If the Earth had a political philosophy, moreover, would it be a political theology or perhaps something more resembling a political geology? In responding to these questions, I will argue that we must understand that what Deleuze and Guattari call ‘geo-philosophy’ is a partial solution to the language and the concepts of historical materialism, the creation of an alternative language and conceptual plane that is equal...

  18. Index
    (pp. 240-246)