machinic ecologies Annual National Deleuze Conference 2016
Amsterdam 19-20 May 2016

The Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference is a conference intended to bring together scholars, students, activists, artists, and others working on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Each year, the conference is hosted at a different university in the Netherlands. In 2016 the conference is organized by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) of the University of Amsterdam. This year the conference will revolve around the works of Deleuze with Guattari and the transversal relations to Guattari's own work. We will specifically focus on topics concerning technology and its relation to the three ecologies of the environmental, the social and the mental.

The conference will consist of one day of panels and a keynote provided by dr. Alanna Thain (McGill University) on May 20th. The day prior to the conference, May 19th, there will be a public experimental workshop organized by NICA and ASCA's Deleuze Reading, wherein What Is Philosophy? (1994) will be problematized. Prof. Jeffrey A. Bell (Southeastern Louisiana University) will be present to guide the workshop.

Organisers: Halbe Kuipers, Nur Ozgenalp, Patricia Pisters

Hosted by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis

Machinic Ecologies

In A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze and Guattari discuss their concept of the war machine in relation to weapons and tools that are defined in an 'ecosystem' which is traversed by a 'machinic phylum'. Deleuze and Guattari see the machinic phylum as technological lineage (for instance, the iron sword descending from the dagger, the steel saber descending from the knife). Whether something becomes a weapon or a tool depends on the specific assemblages these metallurgical machines enter into. When Deleuze and Guattari speak of 'ecosystems' these are to be understood as the triply folded and complexly interwoven system of what Guattari has called the 'three ecologies' of environmental, social and mental ecologies. The connection and synthesis of these heterogeneous ecologies Deleuze and Guattari term 'machinic' (ATP 330) Therefore the metallurgical transformations of the machinic phylum have to be thought in ever changing and heterogeneous machinic assemblages, from materiality of the earth to our social life and collective and individual consciousness. We aim to get a deeper understanding of the power and necessity of Deleuze and Guattari's machinic ecosophy in a techno-permeated world.

Keynote 10:00 - 11:00: Alanna Thain

Chronic Conditioning: An Ecosophy of Time Travel Cinema

From Jurassic Park’s ambered mosquitos to the lab rats of mice and men in Chris Marker to The Fly’s exploded archive of baboons, scientists and houseflies at the Brundlefly museum, cinematic time travel presents a mode of existence that we can characterize as machanic. Felix Guattari writes: “Existence, as a mode of deterritorialization, is a specific intermachinic operation which superimposes itself on the promotion of singularized existential intensities. And I repeat, there is no generalized syntax for these deterritorializations. Existence is not dialectical, not representable. It is hardly liveable!" The time machine as a device is process of deterritorialization on the intensive edge of liveability. It is corporeally compositional; it assembles whatever passes through and these connections make new cuts in unexpected ways. We might speak less then of time machines than a time machinics. Alterrhythms of existence are drawn into a looping that opens again our corporeal habits of temporalocation. Human bodies ping off of animal bodies pinging off metals, minerals and electrical movements in a remixed and relational ecology of time travel. This talk looks at cinematic time travel to ask: what kinds of time machinics might be an open invitation to embodied anotherness as the differential of a felt futurity? In films, this differential often fails at the level of character body, as so many time travel narratives kill their main characters or recuperate them into cliché, but is affectively felt through the ambiguous embodiments that move transversally across spectatorial cinematic bodies and non-human bodies, our animal and insect unfamiliars, as a sign of the more-to-life. Time machinics is our primary mode for rediscovering the heterogeneity of our own existence in time.

Alanna Thain is associate professor of Cultural Studies and World Cinemas in the department of English, McGill University, Montreal Canada. She is director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill. She also directs the Moving Image Research laboratory, dedicated to the study of the body in moving image media, and runs Cinema Out of the Box!, a bicycle powered itinerant public cinema in the streets of Montreal. Her first book, Bodies in Time: Suspense, Affect, Cinema is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press in late 2016.

11:30 – 13:00 @ Belle van Zuylenzaal
1a – territorial machines
moderator: Rosi Braidotti
11:30 – 13:00 @ Vondelzaal
1b – techno ontologies
moderator: Patricia Pisters
The Abstract Machine of Migration: The Case of Zoroastrians’ Diaspora in India
Arash Ghajarjazi
RMA student of Media, Art and Performance , Utrecht University
Keywords: migration, cartographic logic, abstract machine, astrology, media technology.

Philosophy’s Ethnicities
Christian Sancto
Keywords: habitation colonialism repetition Wynter physics

Agencements machiniques beyond academia in Deleuze and Guattari
Nicolás Muñoz-Saldaña and Marcelo Sanhueza
Keywords: Agencement machinique, lines of flight, academia, microfascisms, anti-discipline.
Two Accounts of Industry: Human-Technical Object Relations in Gilbert Simondon and Karl Marx
Thomas Coggins
Keywords: Simondon, Marx, Serrated Evolution, Technical Objects, Individuation

Opcodes and Dipoles
David Gauthier
Keywords: hardware/software execution, sign-particles, debugging, ontogenesis, phylogenesis

The Nonhumanity of Planetary Computation: or how to live with Digital Uncertainty
Dr Betti Marenko
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL)

Keywords: Indeterminacy, algorithmic thinking, non- trivial machines
14:00 – 15:30 @ Belle van Zuylenzaal
2a – creative weapons
moderator: Nur Ozgenalp

14:00 – 15:30 @ Vondelzaal
2b – ecologies
moderator: Jeffrey A Bell

Battlements: Deleuze – Guattari – Araki
Ewa Łukaszyk
University of Warsaw
Keywords: Deleuze – Guattari – Araki – Japan – void

Ecology of modern pirates – technology tool as a creative weapon
Ewa Niedziałek
University of Warsaw
Keywords: media ecology – online piracy – The Pirate Book – online data share – ecosophy

The Dividual in Contemporary Media Aesthetics: The Example of Stealth
Toni Pape
University of Amsterdam
Keywords: Dividual – Stealth aesthetics – Desubjectivication

Artifactual Ecology
Zornitsa Dimitrova
Keywords: ecosophy, virtual, becoming, participation, Guattari

Nonrelational Ecology: Technologies of the Mark
Daniel Barber
Humboldt University of Berlin

Promethean Tools and Ecological Consciousness: The Anthropocene and Prospects for Machinic Ecology
Glenn Stalker
Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto Keywords: Machinic ecology, Anthropocene, systems theory, climate change, abduction

16:00 – 17:45 @ Belle van Zuylenzaal
3a – machinic phylum
moderator: Halbe Kuipers

16:00 – 17:45 @ Vondelzaal
3b – architectural lines
moderator: Rick Dolphijn

Two Tuned in Tuning Forks, 2016
Müge Yılmaz
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten
Keywords: #reciprocity #accountability #narcissism #causality #manipulation

Notes on non sensory perception
Helena Grande
Keywords: non sensory, Internet, affect, virtual, machinic assemblage

Towards an ecosophical pedagogy: An example of thinking transversal interconnections with 8-year olds
Arthur Wolf
PhD. Student, Human Development, Learning and Culture Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Keywords: ecosophy, pedagogy, assemblage, ambulant, nomadism, metallurgy

The Bifurcation of Architecture: Correlational Strata
Drs. Ir. Stavros Kousoulas
Guest Researcher/PhD Candidate Architecture Theory Faculty of Architecture TU Delft
Keywords: Architecture, Correlationism, Material – Discursive Practices, Bifurcation of Nature, Panpsychism

A Flat Theory of Modernization: Toward a Genealogy of Apartmentalization
Robert Alexander Gorny,
Guest Lecturer⁄PhD Candidate
Chair of Methods and Analysis & Architecture Theory, TU Delft
Keywords: Agential Realism, Apartments, Arrangement, Genealogy, Modernization

Architecture as Collective Equipment: The Unconscious of the Built Environment Andrej Radman, Assistant Professor
Architecture Theory, TU Delft
Keywords: Architecture, Heterogenesis, Metamodelisation, Ethico-Aesthetics, Transcendental Empiricism.

The Digital Artisian
Tal Bar, PhD candidate, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London
Keywords: artisan, data, digital, non-essential, site

Conference & Workshop location The conference will be held at the Universiteits Bibliotheek (UB).
University Library
Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam
P.O. Box 19185 1000 GD Amsterdam
Telephone: 020 525 2301

There is virtually no parking space in the vicinity of the library. It is, however, easy to reach by public transport from Amsterdam Central Station: trams 2, 4, 5, 9, 16, 20, 24 and 25 , stop: either Spui or Muntplein.