7 Artifact and affect: Open-ended strata of communication

Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger

This chapter explores the manifold planes of possible communication between various fields of expertise triggered by two specific conditions: artifact and affect. The relation between the conditions is described by the application of computer numerical control and the artifacts of the process ground into the surface condition, resulting in opulent novel conditions which can be read in multiple ways.

Perceptions and affect

The Deleuzian differentiation between the disciplines of philosophy, art and science is based on the idea that these disciplines analyse reality in specified different ways. This rigorous differentiation is based on the conclusion that the main task of philosophy is to create concepts, while the arts create novel conditions of perceptions and affects and science produces theories based on quantitative methods that rely on rigid, functive,1 referential points, such as absolute zero and the speed of light. All three of them – philosophy, art and science – are considered to be diverse ways to organise the metaphysical flux pari passu,2 without hierarchy or supremacy over the other, or, as Deleuze describes it in his book Negotiations (1997), ‘separate melodic lines in constant interplay with one another’. Consequently, philosophy, art and science can be considered essential and equal as well as creative and practical in a simultaneous manner, resulting in the assertion ...

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