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And I will make you a Body without Organs

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When you will have made him a body without organs,

then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions

and restored him to his true freedom.

"To Have Done with the Judgment of God" Antonin Artaud

The body without organs is an egg: it is crisscrossed with axes and thresholds, with latitudes and longitudes and

geodesic lines, traversed by gradients marking the transitions and the becomings, the destinations of the subject

developing along these particular vectors

You never reach the Body without Organs, you can't reach it, you are forever attaining it, it is a limit. People ask, So

what is this BwO?¿But you're already on it, scurrying like a vermin, groping like a blind person, or running like a

lunatic; desert traveler and nomad of the steppes. On it we sleep, live our waking lives, fight¿fight and are

fought¿seek our place, experience untold happiness and fabulous defeats; on it we penetrate and are penetrated; on

it we love...The BwO: it is already under way the moment the body has had enough of organs and wants to slough

them off, or loses them.

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari

In Anti-Oedipus, Deleuze and Guattari began the exciting development of their nuanced and perplexing concept of the BwO - body without organs, their term for the shifting, incessantly flowing social-personal bodymachine of

emancipatory active desiring.

Since desire can inhabit as many forms as there are person-thing machines to implement it, the BwO constantly

searches out, and prods at, innovative channels and diverse arrangements to realize itself, forming a BwO for every

instance of its becoming (being which is incessantly moving). Desire, not limited to the single locale of affections of a

subject, becomes an apparatus of plugging and unplugging with every field, tension and material of the world.

The Body without Organs exposes and manifests itself in multiple transversals upon a defuse and open ¿plateau¿ in

which all the flows which constitute the world stream completely freely, each into the others, so that no absolute

distinctions exist among them any longer (thusly it is a body without organs moving into bodies without organs).

With the BwO, Deleuze and Guattari inscribed and detailed a world in which everything is fluid and everything is made

of flows and intensities: water, electricity, ideas, people, culture, books, hobbies, attachments, repulsions, and

conversations. All desiring machines flow and co-mingle with one another with-out separation. What makes difference

within these flows (how to make distinctions one from other, to single out one or another) is the multiplicity of

threshold intensities vaguely locating the fields of separations between object/subjectivities expressing, temporarily,

immanance. Every flow is made by cutting off another flow, by restricting or drawing off a flow. Thresholds of

intensities reside in the fields or resonances seemly creating objects and arrangements.

"Flow¿ does not want to be constrained nor restricted. This desire, the desire of a flow to flow unconstrained, is the

fundamental and open nature of the BwO. The BwO in its continual movement to ¿movement¿ (flow, separation and

mingling) is nothing other than a desiring machine which couples, mingles, dis-attaches and moves on from other

machines, continually open and moving, territorializing and deterritorializing.

This lecture will look at the open field, eventful pauses, and rhizomatic hesitations, of the Body without Organs and

explore how the notion of continuous movement, heterogenic fields, and the repetitive oscillations of

deterritorialization/reterritorialization was utilized by art of the postmodern era. Primary focus of the lecture will be on

the conceptual apparatus of the body without organs and how its ideological field was developed in the notions of

Becoming and Potentiality and came to influence contemporary artists considerations of objects and material at the

current moment.

Læringsutbyte

This lecture will look at the open field, eventful pauses, and rhizomatic hesitations, of the Body without Organs and

explore how the notion of continuous movement, heterogenic fields, and the repetitive oscillations of

deterritorialization/reterritorialization was utilized by art of the postmodern era. Primary focus of the lecture will be on

the conceptual apparatus of the body without organs and how its ideological field was developed in the notions of

Becoming and Potentiality and came to influence contemporary artists considerations of objects and material at the

current moment.

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