#65: “unconscious is an orphan”, Part. 1



A. Multiplying the unconscious:

1. Not the [singular] id [ça], but machines:

a. flow [flux]: energy-source-machine

b. interruptions [coupures]: organ-machine

2. Machines of real production: feeling capable of explanation

B. Schizophrenic stroll

1. Better model [of unconscious desire] than neurotic

a. movement

b. relation with outside world

2. Machines connected to his body

3. Lives nature as production [as life], before man/nature split

4. Beyond oppositions, beyond limit

a. not transgression

b. but rendering the opposition simply irrelevant

5. Oedipus as repression of desiring-machines

a. why represent all desire/pleasure as sexual and familial?

C. Nature as process of production: what schizo experiences [DESERT DOES NOT CAMOUFLAGE WARMACHINES]

1. Man [industry]-nature opposition

a. relative autonomy of production / distribution / consumption

b. but this distinction presupposes

(1) capital and division of labor

(2) false consciousness of the capitalist

2. Truth of delirium:

a. production is immediately consumption and recording

b. recording and consumption directly determine production from w/in

3. Everything is production:

a. production of productions [productions]

(1) actions and passions

(2) [=desiring-machines]

b. production of recording processes [enregistrements]

(1) distributions and points of reference

(2) [on the surface of the BwO]

c. production of consumptions [consommations]

(1) sensual pleasures/anxieties/pain

(2) [=nomadic subject]

4. Three meanings of “process” [(DIS)SIMULATION]

a. recording and consumption in same production process

b. No distinction between man and nature: producer/product

c.process is not goal in itself, nor perpetuation of itself


5. “Schizophrenia is like love”:

a. no specific schizo phenomenon or entity

b. but, universal primary production


D. Three forms/stages of the connective synthesis [ABYSMAL DARKNESS]:

1. Coupling: desiring-machines are binary: “and …” “and then …”

a. flow-interruption series extended linearly in each direction

(1) each flow interrupts previous flow, etc

(2) each interruption provides subsequent flow, etc.

b. desire couples flows and interruptions

2. Product/producing: production of production

a. each “product” gives rise to new connections, new desire b.bricolage:

(1) rearrange fragments continually in new & different patterns or configurations

(2) life = novelty production

3. Body w/o Organs: “an enormous undifferentiated object” [MYSTICISM AS EXPERIMENT TO ESCAPE FROM THE WORLD]:

a. temporary cessation of production

b. d-m make us an organism, but body suffers from this organization

c. the full body without organs

d. death instinct

e. d-m work only when they break down [en se detraquant sans cesse]

f. body w/o image

g. perpetually reinserted in process of production as antiproduction


II. The Body without Organs [Recording on BwO and on socius] – [CLOSE THE WORLD OPEN THE NEXT]

A. Repulsion of desiring-machines by the BwO [8]

1. Paranoiac machine

2. From opposition of process of production and antiproduction

B. Parallel between d-production and social production [9-11]

1. Phenomenological parallel

2. Social production has its own antiproduction

a. instead of the full BwO

b. we have the “socius”: earth/tyrant/capital

3. Bewitchment: socius falls back on production,

a. as surface for distribution of

(1) forces

(2) agents of production

b. appropriating for itself all surplus production

c. production now seems to emanate from the socius

4. Socius as surface of recording of production,

a. giving appearance that production emanates from it

b. capital is BwO of capitalist being

5. Attraction-machine

a. miraculating-machine coexists with paranoiac-machine

b. organs are regenerated

C. Production of recording: disjunctive synthesis

1. Letwork or grid of new syntheses

2. Logic:

a. araditional oppositional “either-or” [exclusive disjunction]:

(1) decisive choice

(2) immutable terms

b. schizo “either … or … or” [inclusive disjunction]

(1) “system of possible permutations

(2) “differences that always amount to the same as they shift and slide about”


3. Psychoanalysis:

a. libido: connective labor of desiring-production

b. lumen: part of libido transformed into disjunctive inscription

4. Theology:

a. divine energy of attraction and inscription of disjunction

b. master or principle of disjunctive syllogism

D. Genealogy of desire: does recording of desire conform to Oedipus?

1. Oedipus as social reproduction, as domestication of d-production

2. Oedipus as inadequate for explanation of pshychotic phenomena

3. d-production as binary-linear is refractory to Oedipal triangle

4. Schizo has its own recording code

a. social code [Oedipus]

b. scrambles all the codes E.Wolffi’s drawings: summary

1. Desiring-production as connection of machines

2. Recording-production as explanation of them, genealogical series

3. Schizo-balance:

a. organ-machines attach to BwO

b. but BwO remains slippery and fluid, unaffected, recording surface


III. The Subject and Enjoyment 

A. Consumption: produced in and through production of recording

1. A subject can be discerned on recording surface

a. wanders about on BwO

b. remains peripheral to d-machines

2. Libidinal energy [production] transformed into

a. Numen [recording]

b. and Voluptas [consummation]

3. Third synthesis: conjunctive synthesis:

a. “so it’s …”

b. = production of consumption

B. Subject-production: “celibate machine”

1. Opposition between repulsion and attraction

2. Can only be reconciled by new machine, “return of repressed”

3. Gives birth to a new humanity or glorious organism

4. Subject as mere residuum beside d-machines

C. Characteristics of celibate machines

1. Reveals existence of older paranoiac machine [repulsion]

2. Cannot be explained by miraculating powers [attraction]

3. Pleasure from release of forces

4. Produces intensive quantities:

a. “I feel” at deeper level than delirium or hallucination

b. “really primary emotion”

c. positive intensity vs. zero intensity of BwO

d. from opposition of forces of attraction and repulsion

(1) produces states

(a) stationary, yet metastable

(b) through which the subject passes

(2) nervous states filling up BwO

5. BwO as egg

6. Non-representational

a. virtual does not resemble the actual[ized]

b. “nothing but bands of intensity, potentials, thresholds, and gradients”

D. Handling the schizo

1. Psychiatry produces the autistic, the BwO become dead thing

2. Psychoanalysis produces the neurotic

E. Two paths to account for nomadic subject

1. Points of disjunction on BwO form circles that subject traverses


a. Subject is defined by states through which it passes

b. e.g.: Beckett’s Unnamable, with Murphy, Watt, etc. as subjects

2. Attraction-repulsion on BwO produce states in celibate machine

a. Subject is born and reborn in passing through these states

b. cf. Klossowski on Nietzsche: Stimmung as “material emotion”

(1) Nietzschean subject passing through states

(2) identifying names of history with zones of intensity on BwO


IV. A Materialist Psychiatry [STEPS TO AN ECOLOGY OF MIND]

A. Intro

1. Criticism of Clerambault as “Feuerbach of psychiatry” 2.materialist psychiatry:

a. introduce desire into the mechanism

b. introduce production into desire

3. Three theories of schizophrenia: ego and body-image

a. dissociation: Kraepelin: explanatory

b. autism: Bleuler: ideational

c. being-in-the-world: Binswanger: descriptive

4. But the schizo is beyond the ego

5. Freud is stuck with ego as part of Oedipal triangle

a. Osyan discovered desire production, but

b. Oedipus substitutes theatre for factory

6. Before being mental state of autism

a. schizo is process of production of desire

b. how does it become autism?

B. Logic of desire

1. Traditional: desire responds to lack

a. Kantian revolution, crippled by relegation of desire to fantasy

b. desire as lack of real object tied to social production system

2. Desire produces the real

a. assive syntheses of partial objects, flows, and bodies

b. it is the subject who is missing in desire, not the object

3. Desire is a machine and object is another machine connected to it

4. Needs are counterproducts within real produced by desire

a. lack is created, planned, and organized in social production

b. making all desire fall victim to fear of not meeting needs

5. Social production is d-production under determinate conditions

a. social field is immediately invested by desire

b. libido has no need of mediation to invest production

c.”only desire and the social, and nothing else”

C. Desire for repression

1. The “fundamental problem of political philosophy”

2. Criticism of Reich: gives up coextension of social field and desire 3.group fantasy

D. Different regimes btw d-machines and tech social machines 1.operation:

a. tech machines work if not out of order

b. d-machines only run when breaking down

(1) art displays this:

2. Antiproduction

a. d-machines produce antiproduction by themselves

(1) fundamental category of economy of desire

(2) d-machines both technical and social

b.tech machines are related to reproduction of process


(1) merely an index of general form of social production

E. Autoproduction of the unconscious as a cycle

1. Social production derives from d-production under determinate cond.

2. d-production is social production first and foremost F.socius

1. Is never a mere projection of BwO 2.socius codifies flows of desire

a. territorial machine: primary coding

b. despotic machine: overcoding

c. capitalist machine: decoding and deterritorializing flows

(1) decoded flows:

(a) production: money-capital

(b) labor: free workers

(2) substitutes money for very notion of code

(a) creates an axiomatic of abstract quantities [=value]

(b) further deterritorialization of the socius

i) threatens to destroy the socius

ii) make it a BwO with unleashed flow

iii) thus schizophrenia is produced by capitalist machine

a) schizo = subject of decoded flows on BwO

b) not simply that capitalism drives people crazy

(3) produces schizo energy, but also represses it, recodes it

(a) artificial territorialities

i) [=racisms, nationalisms, genders]

ii) everything returns: cap. ideology as motley painting

(b) by government bureaucracies and forces of law and order

G. Neurotic, pervert, schizo

1. Neurotic: recodes everything as Oedipus

2. Pervert: creates new artificial territorialities

3. Schizo: seeks limit of capitalism

a. desiring production as limit of social production

b. these are end points: btw them is process of becoming of reality

V. The Machines

A. Three types of break

1. Cutting off of a flow:

a. connective synthesis

b. libido as withdrawal energy

c. production of production

2. Detachments from a code [TRANSTEMPORAL DEATH]

a. schizzes:

(1) heterogenous code of desire

(2) capturing surplus value of a code b.disjunctive synthesis

c. Numen as detachment energy d.production of recording

3. Subject

a. conjunctive synthesis

b. voluptas as residual energy

c. production of consumption

B. Recap [41]

VI. The Whole and Its Parts [CONTAIN THE SITUATION]

A. Logic of pure multiplicity: affirmation irreducible to any unity

B. Klein’s failure:

1. Forcing every desire into Oedipal triangle

2. Partial objects are not representations of parental figures

C. Break between Freud and Jung:

1. Family nature of desire is in question

2. d-machines and partial objects are not representational

D. “Unconscious is an orphan”






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s