Invitation for the one-day workshop with Simon O´Sullivan
The workshop is open for Doctoral Students from the University of the Arts Helsinki and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at the Aalto University. The amount of participants is limited to 12.
The Doctoral Programme in Artistic Research TAhTO welcomes Simon O’Sullivan to give a workshop on Desiring-machines and Schizoanalysis. Prior to the workshop the participants will receive some reading material in relation to the concepts of desiring-machines and schizoanalysis. In this workshop the participants are encouraged to critically assess their own practice and theoretical thinking in this framework.
Simon O´Sullivan is a philosopher and artist, who is one of the most prominent writers in the Deleuzian studies. He has published monographs and edited books on the relation between Deleuze, Guattari, subjectivity and artistic practices. He is a Reader in the Department of Visual Cultures at the Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Please register before hand to participate in the workshop: contact TAhTO Coordinator Michaela Bränn by Thursday 15.4.2014 by e-mail to the address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop: Desiring-machines and Schizoanalysis
Venue: University of the Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy, Haapaniemenkatu 6 / Lecture Rooms 404 and 522
12.00 LUNCH (not included)
13.00–15.00 Workshop continues
Simon O´Sullivan is Reader in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice in the Department of Visual Cultures in Goldsmiths College, The University of London, where he teaches Contemporary Art Theory. He has published two monographs, Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari: Thought Beyond Representation (2005) and On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation (2012), and is the editor, with Stephen Zepke, of both Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of the New (2008) and Deleuze and Contemporary Art (2010). He also makes art, with David Burrows, under the name Plastique Fantastique (see www.plastiquefantastique.org).
ABOUT THE SCHIZOANALYSIS AND DESIRING-MACHINES
Art practice, it will be argued, is not a therapeutics in this sense, but might be better characterized, at least in Plastique Fantastique’s case, as a holding pattern for points of rupture or collapse. As far as this goes art practice allows a kind of minimum consistency so as to present and pitch these points of collapse.
“The task of schizoanalysis is that of learning what a subject's desiring-machines are, how they work, with what syntheses, what bursts of energy in the machines, what constituent misfires, with what flows, what chains, and what becomings in each case. In contrast to psychoanalysis, which itself falls into the trap while causing the unconscious to fall into its trap, schizoanalysis follows the lines of escape and the machinic indices all the way to the desiring-machines. It tries to understand how it is that you got where you are? For psychoanalysis the unconscious is always already there, genetically programmed, structured, and finalized on objectives of conformity to social norms. For schizoanalysis it's a question of constructing an unconscious, not only with phrases but with all possible semiotic means, and not only with individuals or relations between individuals, but also with groups, with physiological and perceptual systems, with machines, struggles, and arrangements of every nature.”
— Félix Guattari