Clarice Lispector says

“I don’t want something already made but something still being tortuously made.”

(Água Viva, 6)

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Ian Buchanan’s “Assemblage Theory and its Discontents”

Buchanan’s paper from Deleuze Studies 9.3 is now available on his page. I haven’t read it yet, but I did have the chance to talk about shared concerns (some of mine are here, in a dissertation chapter draft) with this approach over lunch at the Deleuze Studies conference last summer.

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William Basinski, Disintegration Loop 1.1

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Michel Foucault, The Punitive Society (2015)

Michel Foucault, The Punitive Society: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1972-1973, Edited by Arnold I. Davidson, Palgrave Macmillan, September 2015 Publisher’s page ‘Unfortunately, when we teach morality, when we study the history of morals, we always analyze the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and do not read [Colquhoun], this character who is fundamental […]

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Haiku #2: Jordan

He lives like Hamsun
I offered to send money
“Just send thoughts,” he said

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Maurizio Lazzarato: Homage to Felix Guattari

Originally posted on alien ecologies:


In this essay “Semiotic Pluralism” and the New Government of Signs Homage to Félix GuattariMaurizio Lazzarato (trans. Mary O’Neill) develops and extends Guattari’s a-signifying semiotics as part of his ongoing elaboration of financial capitalism.

As he’ll remind us capitalism for Guattari is a “semiotic category that affects all levels of production and all levels of the stratification of power”. Yet, Guattari’s use of semiotics had a duo aspect to it: 1) an signifying semiotics of representationalism; and, an a-signifying semiotics of infrastructural and empirical elements of material relations, a mapping rather than a tracing of these ubiquitous aspects of capital. Read his essay, definitely opens up Guattari’s thought in ways few have so far. His books of course deal with both debt and his incorporation of Guattari’s thought: see MIT Press.

One short quote on a-signifying semiotics:

The machinic register of the semiotic production of Capital operates on…

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Minoritarian urban research methods

I’m putting some finishing touches on a set of potential readings for a three-week exploration seminar to New York City that I am co-directing through the Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) program, and am looking for advice on minoritarian/marginal/experimental field research methods that are exciting. Here is part of what I have accumulated over the years of teaching classes in this program, but I wonder what I am missing…

Kathleen Stewart, excerpts from Ordinary Affects
Gillian Rose, Monica Degen, and Begum Basdas, “More on ‘big things’: building events and feelings”

Collage technique
Walter Benjamin, excerpts from The Arcades Project

Constrained writing
George Perec, “Day 1,” from An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Literary Geography (to be used in conjunction with another field method)
Catalina Neculai, excerpts from Urban Space and Late Twentieth-Century New York Literature (my review)

Mental Mapping
Kevin Lynch, “The Image of the Environment” and “Three Cities”

Marshall Berman, “A Times Square for the New Millennium”
Jean-Paul Sartre, “American Cities” and “New York, the Colonial City”

Ivan Chtcheglov, “Formulary for a New Urbanism”
Guy Debord, “Theory of the Dérive”
David Pinder, excerpts from Visions of the City

Visual Approaches
Guy Debord, video: Society of the Spectacle
Sophie Yanow, War of Streets and Houses
Sarah Pink, excerpts from Doing Visual Ethnography
William Whyte, video: The social life of small urban spaces

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