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The Right to Nonsense from Anti-Oedipus to Surveillance Capitalism
University of Warsaw, Poland
In one of the interviews following Anti-Oedipus, Deleuze and Guattari identify one of the most important stakes of their critique of psychoanalysis as giving people back the “right to nonsense” (Lettres et autres textes). Indeed, between dreams, jokes, lapsuses and free associations, Freud and his followers have done much to endow even the seemingly most innocent enunciations with meaning, allowing the analyst to draw conclusions about the subject that were unknown even to him or her. The use of this new information was, however, confined to the analytical situation and of little use outside it. In my paper, I would like to draw an analogy between this analytical practice and the actions of today’s “surveillance capitalists”, who gather and use “behavioral surplus” we leave behind while using the Internet on our various devices to do seemingly “innocent” things (as described by Shoshana Zuboff in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism). In particular, I would like to (1) show the merits and limits of the analogy between psychoanalysis and surveillance capitalism; (2) analyze the uses of Deleuze and Guattari’s critique of psychoanalysis for the critique of surveillance capitalism; (3) ask if “right to nonsense” is a better formulation of the stakes of the resistance to surveillance capitalism then “right to privacy”.
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Nomos contra Law: Towards an an-archic (Deleuzian) Jurisprudence
Kent Law School, University of Kent, United Kingdom
While Gilles Deleuze expressed in many occasions his distaste for representation and judgment (with his two books on Spinoza 1992, 2001 and his book on Nietzsche 2006 being the most striking examples) – two undeniable characteristics of the legal mode of thinking and practice more generally –and he did not, extensively, engage with issues relating to law, such as the distinction between law and justice or the sources of the law such other of his contemporaries (e.g. Derrida 1992), he surprisingly manifested a strong interest for law. For instance, he claimed that: “I have always been fascinated about jurisprudence, about law… If I hadn’t studied philosophy, I would have studied law […] (Deleuze and Parnet 2004).”
While, his statements on law and jurisprudence, i.e. the philosophy of law, remain significantly enigmatic, the philosopher specifies that there is a distinction between what he understands to be a hierarchical mode of juridical being and thinking in a law that acts as an arche and what he calls nomos,in the sense of a nomadic distribution of beings into an open and unlimited space – a crowned an-archy (Deleuze 1994: 36, 41, 309 and Deleuze and Guattari 1987).
Thus, in this paper, I aim to examine this difference between law as a hierarchical mode of being and nomos as an an-archic one – without an arche. By doing so, I aim to develop Deleuze’s distinction towards an an-archic, non-juridical jurisprudence that will, hopefully, follow a line of flight out of our present hierarchical (and often suicidal) milieu.
5:00pm - 5:30pm
“Revolting images”: affective powers of moving bodies within the 2019 social outbreak in Santiago, Chile
Pedro Eduardo Moscoso-Flores
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile
In this presentation, we seek to analyze the relationship between material bodies (human and non-human) present during the Chilean social uprising that broke down between October and December 2019. Based on an analysis focused on the critical discussions proposed by New Materialisms close to Bergsonian and Deleuzian vitalism, we propose to discuss the affective powers of the bodies present in the revolt, specifically in relation to the emergence of hybrid landscapes linked to the explosion of a series of material records (posters, banners, graffities), and the multiple circulation technologies associated with them, showing new landscapes around assemblies with an aesthetic-political force associated by the recomposition of public space within a singular mode of resistance directed towards the visual regimes linked to the organization of neoliberal order or, in Guattari´s terms, Integrated World Capitalism. In sum, we propose that it is possible to read the social outbreak in Chile from an enclave focused on an alteration of the production/consumption regimes of body-images, thus causing a subversion of the regimes of the sensible, provoking an opening towards new imaginal forms of projection within the world, away from the technologies of imaginary saturation that organize, rank and distribute bodies according to operations of fixation and topological delimitation.