The body of work of the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guttari is not intended to be exclusively consumed by scholarly intellectuals. Conversely, the concepts in their book ‘Mille Plateaux’ (1980) resurface time and again in literature, architecture, film, video and especially new electronic music. A kind of audiovisual force that widens the most familiar and trusted horizons of our perception and clears the way of deconstruction and subjectivity. According to Deleuze, the book ‘Mille Plateaux’ need not be read from cover to cover; the reader is encouraged to pursue it for useable ideas and to select only that which is of benefit. The programme ‘1001 Plateaus: Mode(s) d’emploi’ was compiled in this exact same way, by browsing through a widely differentiated body of works, defining a line, and being pleasantly surprised at the unexpected structure that is revealed.
This programme was compiled by Pieter Van Bogaert and Herman Asselberghs, both of whom contribute to the Belgian magazine ‘Andere Cinema’.
Oval Workstation, sounds are transmitted via a rhizome-like loudspeaker system.
The Berlin-based group Oval describe the material on their CD’s as sound designs rather than as music. They demonstrate the algorhythms in computerware which we would normally never hear. The sounds of electricity in circuitry, sparks, short circuits, interruptions, bad connections and powercuts. Oval’s activities can be perceived as the pure effect of electronic media.
4 televisions with continuous screenings of:
Sans soleil, Chris Marker (France, 1982, 100:00)
Letters by a ficticious cameraman guide both the filmmaker and his audience through the extremities of modern survival. Different times and histories coexist in memories and in the world. Marker’s poetic attempts to focus on this complex simultaneity results in a visual essay, a lyrical experiment.
Videovoid (the trailer), David Larcher (UK/France, 1993, 33:00) and Videovoid (text), David Larcher (UK/France, 1994, 33:00)
David Larcher’s work, similar to that of Deleuze and Guattari, is a rhizome: making a start, unfinished projects, trendsetters conversing with the world. The endless workin-progress. Videos about the materialism of the immaterial.
Cremaster 4, Matthew Barney (US, 1994, 40:00) and Cremaster 1, Matthew Barney (US, 1994, 45:00)
Organic, sexless bodies, unreachable idols. A body without entrances or exits, therefore without needs. This is the utopia of the finished work.
L’Abecedaire de Gilles Deleuze Interviews by Claire Parnet. (France, 1996, 50:00)
Deleuze has a concept relating to each letter of the alphabet and uses this idea to elaborate on his philosophy. This tape contains selections from a project lasting 8 hours. These videos can also be viewed in ‘t Hoogt 3 (See scedule).
Rosi Braidotti ‘on becoming matter’
Rosi Braidotti is a Professor of Women’s Studies at the Faculty Of Arts at the University of Utrecht. She has published many works, including ‘Patterns Of Dissonance’ and ‘Nomadic Subjects’.
Stadt in Flammen, Schmelzdahin (Germany, 1984, 5:00, super-8)
The chill out machine, Scanner and DJ Spooky
A dj-set up.
Arjen Mulder ‘on becoming essay’
Arjen Mulder publishes essays and dissertations about the relationships between media, bodies, experiences and the conclusions we draw about them. He has been involved in collective writing with Bilwet for years.
Videovoid (the trailer), David Larcher (UK/France, 1993, 5:00 (excerpt), video)
Surge, Veit Lup (Germany, 1995, 12:00, video)
Hie et nune, Veit Lup (Germany, 1996, 3:00, video)
Textuell, Oval (Germany, 1995, 7:00, video)
Dowhile, Oval (Germany, 1995, 5:00, video)
Snacks sans organes, Peter de Bie
David Toop ‘on the unfinished’
L’lnachevee, David Toop
A dj-set up.
Paul D. Miller on ‘The Practice of Philosophy’
Arnulf Rainer, Peter Kubeika (Austria, 1960, 6:00, 16 mm)
La machine a ecoute, David Toop and Scanner
A dj-set up
Arjen Mulder ‘on the 20th century body’
Ecosystem 5, Teruo Koik (Japan, 1988, 17:00, Super-8)
Rosi Braidotti ‘on the 20th century nomad’
The DJ as a collage artist taken a: a measure of cultural acceleration in the late 20th century city. This sound-philosopher considers a1 empty audio cassette to be a ver table found object, a mix tape to be an electromagnetic equivalent of an empty canvas and the final mix as a ‘mood sculpture’.