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Dividuations pp 123-143 | Cite as

Dividuals/Dividuations

  • Michaela Ott
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Abstract

The third chapter develops the new concept of dividuations and the dividual, mainly referencing the French philosophies of Gilbert Simondon and Gilles Deleuze. It tries to prove that the Deleuzian concept of the “dividual,” which he explored in his film readings as an aesthetic quality of time-based expressions such as film and music and in a subsequent discussion of contemporary human subjectivations in the face of digitalized and neo-liberal demands for change and compatibility, can be further elaborated and creatively extended in its semantic ambiguity. By so doing, he shows that the term encompasses both positive and negative aspects: it can express affirmed participations of human beings in bio-(techno)logical and socio(techno)logical settings, but also their involuntary recording by algorithms which brings about the need to monitor the participative enthusiasm and to reflect on the new condition of human self-understanding. It can also provoke new forms of collaboration and multi-directional participation, for which the term “condividuation” is coined.

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  • Michaela Ott
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  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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