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    Machinic Phylum
    Project: The Voyager update project
    To initiate the research of the project, we researched what Machinic Phylym essentially "is", and how it pertains to the recreation of the voyager golden disk. The difficulty in this research is that, in itself, Machinic Phylum cannot be defined as clearly as one would hope. Nonetheless, we were able to define, on a somewhat vague and ambiguous scale, what this concept is and how it can be applied:

    • There are two different meanings of the term, but in its more general sense, it refers to any process in which order emerges out of chaos as a result of its nonlinear dynamics, and by the other hand, is “the flow of matter-movement, the flow of matter in continuous variation, conveying in singularities.” The machine phylum is not a life-force, since is older than life, and constitutes a form of non-organic life. Nevertheless, the self-organization of chemical clocks, multi-cellular organisms or nest-building insect colonies is deeply related to the Machinic phylum.

    When applied, Machinic Phylum relates "living things", such as humans, to "non living things" - the rocks, lava or flames...things we associate as life-less. One and the same material "phylum" could be "folded and stretched" to yield all the different structures that inhabit our universe", connecting the earth like one enormous network.

    This concept frees us, the designers, from the limit of the human perspective. If Machinic Phylum holds as valid, we have the ability to design from the perspective of a rock, or tree, wind, and will still have the ability to connect our own human existence, tying in as one. Humans are no longer the focus of the story, but only a piece of the whole.

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    jonobr1     Sat, Jan 12, 2008  Permanent link
    Thanks for clarifying what the machinic phylum is. I had a bit of trouble understanding during class on wednesday. I still have one question:

    If Machinic Phylum relates "living things" to "non-living things" then can that notion be translated into the more basic (and abstract) form of the relationship between organic and inorganic?


    Would language be an occurrence of Machinc Phylum as it is a merger between organic (arbitrary labeling) and inorganic (the complex yet very rigid system that the words follow syntactically, grammatically, etc.)
    a5skylar     Sun, Jan 13, 2008  Permanent link
    In response to Jono's question regarding language and the Machinic Phylum:

    Your question might be answered with one of the basic examples Deleuze and Guattari give to define the Machinic Phylum:

    "Let us return to the example of the saber, or rather of crucible steel. It implies the actualization of a first singularity, namely the melting of the iron at high temperature; then a second singularity, the successive decarbonations; corresponding to these singularities are traits of expression - not only the hardness, sharpness and finish, but also the undulations or designs traced by the crystallization and resulting from the internal structure of the cast of steel" (A Thousand Plateaus, p. 406).

    Language can be viewed as a "trait of expression" that gives us (humans) phyla distinction. If the "grandfather" Machinic Phylum does, in fact, relate humans to fire, lava, etc..., this does not mean that as organic and inorganic material begin to differentiate under the umbrella of the Machinic Phylum that they will not follow new paths/singularities to express individualized traits.

    Just as the saber has the endogenous characteristics of hardness, sharpness, and finish, advanced language might be seen as a manifestation of humanity's intrinsic necessity to communicate. To a certain extent, even inorganic molecules are "communicating" information about their states (charges, orientations, compositions) in order to facilitate the formation structures like water and crystals.

    Human language can be viewed as a particular instance of matter communicating to other matter in a particular way; just as opposable thumbs are a unique outcropping of the evolution of humans, we developed a unique way of communicating.
    aeonbeat     Mon, Jan 14, 2008  Permanent link
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