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Gestures of Control

Gestures of Control AARON JAFFE [I]n the societies of control one is never fi nished with anything—the corporation, the educational system, the armed services being metastable states coexisting in one and the same modulation, like a universal system of deformation. —Gilles Deleuze (1992, 5) Control is not discipline. You do not confi ne people with a highway. But by making highways, you multiply the means of control. I am not saying this is the only aim of highways, but people can travel infi nitely and ‘freely’ without being confi ned while being perfectly controlled. That is our future. —Gilles Deleuze (2006, 323) Who’s in charge? I mean this as a Control question but also as a ques- tion raised in a real theory reading group with faculty and grad students during the Covid-19 pandemic. Or, better, What’s in charge? to formulate a question in a way that doesn’t humanize the problem. Mechanization Takes Command, Sigfried Giedion’s 1948 masterpiece explores the ways mechanical technology is in charge of our lives, and Lev Manovich’s 2013 Software Takes Command is really just an addendum to Giedion’s project about the rise of programs, as Vilém Flusser would say. The notion that authority is function- ally distributed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke uni_neb

Gestures of Control

symploke , Volume 28 (1) – Nov 24, 2020

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AARON JAFFE [I]n the societies of control one is never fi nished with anything—the corporation, the educational system, the armed services being metastable states coexisting in one and the same modulation, like a universal system of deformation. —Gilles Deleuze (1992, 5) Control is not discipline. You do not confi ne people with a highway. But by making highways, you multiply the means of control. I am not saying this is the only aim of highways, but people can travel infi nitely and ‘freely’ without being confi ned while being perfectly controlled. That is our future. —Gilles Deleuze (2006, 323) Who’s in charge? I mean this as a Control question but also as a ques- tion raised in a real theory reading group with faculty and grad students during the Covid-19 pandemic. Or, better, What’s in charge? to formulate a question in a way that doesn’t humanize the problem. Mechanization Takes Command, Sigfried Giedion’s 1948 masterpiece explores the ways mechanical technology is in charge of our lives, and Lev Manovich’s 2013 Software Takes Command is really just an addendum to Giedion’s project about the rise of programs, as Vilém Flusser would say. The notion that authority is function- ally distributed

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