A Thousand Machines: A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as Social Movement

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Semiotext(e), 31 .. 2010 - 128 ˹
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In this "concise philosophy of the machine," Gerald Raunig provides a historical and critical backdrop to a concept proposed forty years ago by the French philosophers Felix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze: the machine, not as a technical device and apparatus, but as a social composition and concatenation. This conception of the machine as an arrangement of technical, bodily, intellectual, and social components subverts the opposition between man and machine, organism and mechanism, individual and community. Drawing from an unusual range of films, literature, and performancefrom the role of bicycles in Flann O'Brien's fiction to Vittorio de Sica's Neorealist film The Bicycle Thieves, and from Karl Marx's "Fragment on Machines" to the deus ex machina of Greek dramaRaunig arrives at an enhanced conception of the machine as a social movement, finding its most apt and concrete manifestation in the Euromayday movement, which since 2001 has become a transnational activist and discursive practice focused upon the precarious nature of labor and lives.

Intervention Series
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Review: A Thousand Machines: A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as Social Movement (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series #5)

Ԩóҡ  - Leo Mischle - Goodreads

The subtitle may well be the best part of the book. Enticing. Chapters 3 and 4, though, the least "concise" and, in my opinion, the most interesting ones, add some historical content and detail to the Deleuzian nomenclature that otherwise leads Raunig's analyses on all too known paths. ҹԴ繩Ѻ

Review: A Thousand Machines: A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as Social Movement (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series #5)

Ԩóҡ  - Cody VC - Goodreads

Bought this on a whim because the first few pages hooked me and it was cheap. Maybe if I had bothered to read Foucault the book would have been more accessible, but Norbert Wiener and some others ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

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Gerald Raunig is a philosopher and art theorist who lives in Vienna, Austria. He is the author of Art and Revolution (Semiotext(e), 2007).

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