Why The war machine has been televised

Latency and topicality of political theory by Deleuze & Guattari

With their politicized and collective philosophical style (schizoanalysis), Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari took up decisive impulses and sounds from the artistic avant-gardes of the sixties and transformed them into an extraordinary political theory. The project Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus) has responded widely and in very different historical situations to historical dead ends of left-wing politics and has since gone through various waves of reception sedimented as pop philosophy, especially in left-wing cultural milieus and in the arts as keyword givers. These appropriations often had something superficial about them, their theory of encapsulation in artistic-activist scenes was used as a refinement for the anesthetization and culturalization of Western societies, while D&G in a certain sense always acted asynchronously to the zeitgeist and social resonance. The realization that their joint writing was a new form of political theory could not prevail. For those converted to capitalist realism, it became an obsolete theory from the past, luxurious period of their youth. There attempt in the 1990s to solemnly proclaim the end of history became one of the greatest theoretical flops of all time, diametrically opposed to the theoretical achievement of Capitalism and Schizophrenia. In fact, in the 1970s and 1980s, D&G prepared the theoretical ground to predict and politically grasp seemingly incomprehensible and unexpected events. In this sense: the war machine has been televised.

Only in the light of 9/11 and the chaotic events that have unfolded worldwide since the attacks did the conceptual interplay of nomadic war machine, primitive state and capitalist axiomatics begin to sparkle dangerously - and reveal the pragmatic and conceptual farsightedness of D&G's theory. The rise and fall of the Arab Spring, the founding and collapse of the so-called "Islamic State," the election of Donald Trump, and the return of a new fascism on the world stage are symptoms of this chaos in the age of the great digital machine, whose actors can all be found at D&G.

The event's horizon is to revisit their theories in the light of the present and to understand them as part of societies in view of the coming and complex challenge to the conditions of production of the arts in particular and politics in general, entwined by the capitalist axiomatic.

This perspective is approached collectively in form of a reading group and common improvisation that is open to the influences of its participants and ideally develops out of the situation. A wavering back and forth between concentrated, shared reading and discursive drift. It will be appropriate to the seriousness of the situation, concentrated and cheerful and never loses sight of the essential: what the fuck is going on?

The workshop focuses on the interplay of Chapter III (Wild, Barbarian, Civilized) from Anti-Oedipus and Plateaus 12 + 13 from Thousand Plateaus. From there he makes excursions into other texts and materials, which will be stored in a filling drop box and sent out before each session. We are almost finished with the plateau 12 and will start in September with the plateau 13.

We meet once a month, usually on the first Tuesday of the month.

From 18:00 - 22:00

The group is open for new participants at any time.

After two hours there will be a break with food and drinks to go into the second round.

Venue: Haus der Gemeinen | House of Commons of the Vierte Welt

German is mostly spoken, but English is also spoken if necessary. Translation is our common task.

Developed and maintained by: Nicolas Siepen and Dirk Cieslak.

the war machine has been televised is part of the program societies of the Fourth World

With the support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.


Contact | Inquiries | Mailing list: gesellschaften@viertewelt.de  

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Program of the Vierte Welt in the House of Commons | Vierte Welt    

Ongoing workshop | Usually every first Tuesday of each month  | Anyone interested is cordially invited to join us at any time. Language: german. Other languages wellcome. Translation is our common duty.

next date | Thursday 05.11.19 | 19:00 - 23:00  


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