Vital Signs: The Work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s Creative Philosophy in Architecture
2005 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
In their last collaborative work, What is Philosophy?, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari tell us that philosophy is “the art of forming, inventing, and fabricating concepts.” Through this process the details of a creative philosophy begin to unfold as an activity of constructivism. That is, concepts are constructed out of the morsels of other concepts such that a collaged conceptual assemblage reveals an intricate history of thought. Moreover, concepts refer to contemporary problems without which they would wander aimlessly on what Deleuze and Guattari have called the plane of immanence, a plane articulated by a very particular and crucial concern, the question of a life. The vital signs exposed by an immanent life as developed by Deleuze in his late essay, “Immanence: A Life…”, have recently begun to arouse much interest in the discipline of architecture. Architects – who never stop talking about what they are doing, or trying to do, who explore terrains by means of dynamic trajectories, all the while drawing up maps and diagrams of their industry – have begun to investigate questions concerning the ongoing upsurge of life, liveness, sensation, and the animate. In order to grapple with generative means of form-making determined by novel design processes, architects have turned to digital tools and algorithmic rule-based procedures. Paradoxically, the risk of such exploration involves the possible evacuation or reification of the elusive and fragile qualities of a life. An exploration of these questions and tensions will be the focus of the proposed paper as a way to understand how the practice of creative philosophy intersects with contemporary experiments in architectural practice.
Deleuze and Guattari, What is Philosophy?, p. 2.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gilles Deleuze, digital architecture, emergence, vital signs, creative philosophy
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Architecture
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-63495OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-63495DiVA: diva2:492366
Verbal, Visual, Virtual: New Canons for the Twenty-First Century, 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium
This paper was presented at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA, 31 March-3 April 2005. The paper was later developed as an essay for a special edition of Angelaki. See “Vital Signs: The Work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s Creative Philosophy in Architecture”, in Charles Stivale and Felicity Coleman, eds, Angelaki 11.1 (2006), pp. 109-116.
QC 201306272012-02-072012-01-232013-06-27Bibliographically approved