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

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

Gerald Raunig


In this "concise philosophy of the machine," Gerald Raunig offers a ancient and significant backdrop to an idea proposed 40 years in the past by means of the French philosophers FĂ©lix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze: the desktop, now not as a technical equipment and gear, yet as a social composition and concatenation. This belief of the computer as an association of technical, physically, highbrow, and social parts subverts the competition among guy and desktop, organism and mechanism, person and group. Drawing from an strange variety of movies, literature, and performance--from the function of bicycles in Flann O'Brien's fiction to Vittorio de Sica's Neorealist movie The Bicycle Thieves, and from Karl Marx's "Fragment on Machines" to the deus ex machina of Greek drama--Raunig arrives at an better notion of the laptop as a social flow, discovering its such a lot apt and urban manifestation within the Euromayday flow, which because 2001 has turn into a transnational activist and discursive perform targeted upon the precarious nature of work and lives.

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