Gerald Raunig

Gerald Raunig is a philosopher and art theorist who lives in Vienna, Austria. He is the author of Art and Revolution (Semiotext(e), 2007).

A Thousand Machines

A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as Social Movement

Gerald Raunig

Translated by Aileen Derieg

In this “concise philosophy of the machine,” Gerald Raunig provides a historical and critical backdrop to a concept proposed forty years ago by the French philosophers Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze: the machine, not as a technical device and apparatus, but as a social composition and concatenation. This conception of the machine as an arrangement of technical, bodily, intellectual, and social components subverts the opposition between man and machine, organism and mechanism, individual and community.

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Art and Revolution

Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century

Gerald Raunig
Translated by Aileen Derieg

Gerald Raunig has written an alternative art history of the “long twentieth century,” from the Paris Commune of 1871 to the turbulent counter-globalization protests in Genoa in 2001. Meticulously moving from the Situationists and Sergei Eisenstein to Viennese Actionism and the PublixTheatreCaravan, Art and Revolution takes on the history of revolutionary transgressions and optimistically charts an emergence from its tales of tragic failure and unequivocal disaster. By eloquently applying Deleuze and Guattari’s idea of the “machine,” Raunig extends the poststructuralist theory of revolution through to the explosive nexus of art and activism.

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