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supplemental readings

01.19.09 | 541 Comments

Here are some of the readings that I have discussed in the class:

This is only a partial list, I will need to scan a few more this evening.

Some I will ask you only to read certain sections:

Ninian Mellamphy’s translation of the first part of Mode de L’existance de L’object technique. This has been circulating the internet for quite a while. Although it is online, there is nothing that says that it is available for public distribution. Please read: Chapter One and John Hart’s preface. download

Gilbert Simondon’s, On the Genesis of the Individual: This is from a publication from the eighties Zone: Incorporations. It’s quite a remarkable book, well worth the cost if you can get a hold of it.download

Mikail Dufresne’s, article on the technical and the aesthetic object. This is NOT the best article on Simondon, but Dufresne does set the parameters rather well for opening a discussion.download

Gilles Deleuze’s review of Sur la Mode de L’existance de L’objet Technique. Its only about 3 pages, but three pages that are worth a CAREFULL inspection. He dives into several of Simondon’s concepts with the depth it merits. You should really have your dictionaries out for this. download

An from Maturana and Varela’s, Autopoeisis and Cognition. This is a VERY deep reading and its only a part of a much larger argument that has significantly changed the way we interpret phenomenological thought. Be forewarned, while it may seem to directly address Simondon’s thoughts there is a healthy debate that is arguing otherwise. download

Manuel Delanda’s section from a Thousand Years of Non Linear History. Although he does not adress Simondon directly, this can help you get a good feel for what is at stake when Deleuze, and Simondon discuss the questions of craft, industry and technology. Delanda teaches at Columbia School of Architecture (at least as far as I am familiar) and he channels Deleuze quite well. I am not a fan of secondary sources, but I consider Delanda to be an exception. You may also want to check out some of the following lectures he gives: lecture at the tate modern or his lecture on the question of sustainability at the university of minnesota. here


Finally, a reading by David Pye: he makes no reference to Simondon, but I am convinced that he was aware of it: download

more to come tomorrow morning: BON LECTURE!!!


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