2:00pm - 2:30pm
Thinking the Surface with Deleuze and Guattari
HU Berlin, Germany
Siri, big data, affective computing, interconnected bodies, nanotechnical desires, currents, filters and sensors... The 21st century has marked the onset of a new type of media technology that has come to redefine our live worlds as ‘media environments,’ modulating both the surfaces and operations that structure our relations to one another and to the world in a broader sense. On a discursive level this new configuration resonates with an extended ecological turn no longer limited to the life sciences, but refocussing instead on the inquiry into anthropo-technical entanglements and encompassing virtually all fields and disciplines in the humanities.
With its focus on machinic assemblages Deleuze’s and Guattari’s work has had a great impact on the formation of this discourse. Taking this diagnosis as a point of departure, the proposed panel aims at re-evaluating Deleuze’s and Guattari’s ecosophical account with regard to the formation of the so-called »sensor society«. As we argue, the sensor society is characterized by a techno-aesthetic modulation of the surface, de/reterritorializing the interrelations between individuals and their milieus. In order to develop a systematic account of the surface modulations at stake, the panel traces back the conceptual line extending from the event of sense, defined by Deleuze in Logic of Sense as the very genesis of the surface as such, to the schizo- and stratoanalysis of various surfaces in Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus, to Guattari’s notion of ‘technological heterogenesis.’
2:30pm - 3:00pm
MUD, FIRE AND OIL! - Capitalistic deterritorializations in contemporary Brazil
This article aims to analyze the relationship between the paroxysms of neoliberal intervention in Brazil's globalized capitalism and three environmental and ecosystemic accidents: the debris rupture from transnational mining company Vale S.A., in Brumadinho - Minas Gerais; the oil slicks that populated Brazilian east coast from the states of Bahia to Espírito Santo; and the largest burnt in the last 20 years in the Amazon Rainforest. For that, with Guattari, we will conduct an ecosophical cartography that articulates the three ecologies in relation to the environment, social relations and the production of subjectivities. After brazilian parliamentary coup (2016) and in the current Jair Bolsonaro government (2019 -) policies of economic austerity, police violence, cuts in social assistance policies (social security, labor, environmental, etc.)have been intensified. A democracy of the executive positions held by the military, while the legislature are occupied by neopentecostal preachers, ruralists, militiamen, speculators, industrialists and a tiny institutional left. Corporations in assemblage with investment flows from global capitalism populate a wide range of investments in oil, mining, timber extraction, expansion of pastures and monocultures, etc. They also fund federal, state and municipal executive personalities campaigns to ensure the necessary and efficient austerity in the implementation of their enterprises. The hypothesis of this text is that there’s a vertiginous inflammation in brazilian neoliberalism, deterritorializing settlements on industrial and technical-scientific scale and, also, under an ecosystemic view, emerging subjective processes and diverse social relations, from those governed in urbanities to dissidents in traditional settlements ( indigenous, quilombolas, riverside, etc.).