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

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

by Gerald Raunig
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1584350857

ISBN-13: 9781584350859

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art

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 Félix 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

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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 Félix 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 performance--from 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 drama--Raunig 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584350859
Publisher:
Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series, #5
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
949,202
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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