[D-G] Deleuze, electronic music and Deleuzian theory of body

hwenk hwenk at web.de
Wed Mar 21 07:15:08 PDT 2007


First I must complain, that I never had any
addiction problems concerning anything.
This has been done by adopting good habits and
controlled suspense of any addiction candidate.

So I may help you only on a conceptual level

Spinozas Theory of affects and addiction

The theory of affects is started in
Part III of the Ethics.
We have gaiety, which is an affect tied to  raise
the ability of action of the whole body and melancholy which is a
loss of this ability.
Example of the gaiety is the effect of training of
sports like swimming or riding bicycle or the real start
of a love affair with a long wished woman (or man).
Examples of melancholy are a long sickness or
the loss of a part of the body like an arm.

Then we got lust which is an affect raising the ability of
action of a part of the body, like tasting sweet for the tongue and the
associated to smell and the parts profiting from the energy of sugar.
A partly loss of the ability of action is pain, like a
hit of a stick.

Now we have lot of affects which make lust for one part of the body and pain
for other parts.
This is important for addiction, for in the case
of drugs acting relatively directly on  the brain,
a longing fore that drug develops according to the
conservation of state - where we the used state goes in.
I  you are used to a warm flat we will not be satisfied with a cold one an
to get a heating in our flat.
This trials may end after living more than two years in a cold flat,
never getting a warm flat in the meantime.
So the trials get weaker and weaker.
Why I handle it in such detail is that Deleuze in "Two question on the
drugs" cite
Micheaux and others stating that after a while of experiments with drugs
they got some paranoiac and bad feelings, first little, than more, maybe it
stabilizes on a certain level.
But here we have the overwhelming lust of the direct effect of the drug
on one side and the painful effect for a part diminished by the drug on the
This is very direct striking with little neurobiology, which was little
at times of Spinoza, but formal neurobiological setting thinking.

I have heard that a lot of addicted people say the drug is the only way
to get rid of the bad feelings and bad voices talking to them.
So it is really of practical concern.

To make things not too long and clear that formal theoretic point, I end up

greetings Harald Wenk

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For my PHD, I am cultivating an ethnographic expression or schizo
ethnography on what I am calling the Deleuzional Geographies of drug
addiction, treatment, and recovery. I am  drawing largely from the works of
Deleuze and Guattari's and their notion of a drug using assemblages,
Intensive fields, the fold, and black hole spaces. He and Guattari has
written some in TP on drug using assemblages as well as in Deleuze's Two
Regimes of Madness, titled "Two Questions on Drugs."

For me, I am particularly interested in exploring a Deleuzian notion of body
change connected to Drug Addiction and Recovery. So I sort of enjoy thinking
about the connections between his ideas and Spinoza's ideas on the body and
affect as well as his and Bergson's notion of difference and D and G notion
of space. Anyway. It may be that we have some similar areas of interest and
should talk. Peta Malins recently has done some work on drugs using Deleuze.

Maybe some of you have some ideas or comments on any of this material or

Take Care,

Christopher Moreno

Doctoral Student
Department of Geography
cmoreno at mail.sdsu.edu
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