(n)certainties – Die Angewandte – Fall08


Angewandte– Fall 2008



Studio Francois ROCHE | R&Sie(n) / New-territories.com



with the invitation of :


Stephan Henrich as partner of I'veheardabout  | Machines Biennale 2008 (robots)


Marc Fornes as partner-assistant | Theverymany (scripts)


Manfred Herman as assistant



with the influence of :



Benoit Durandin | I’ve heard about






I remember:

- That the idea of a necessary mediation, a kind of social contract, was essentially based on a juridical conception of the world, as elaborated by Hobbes, Rousseau and Hegel. For Spinoza, on the contrary, forces were inseparable from a spontaneity and a productivity that made their development possible without mediation, i.e., their composition. They were elements of socialization in and of themselves. Spinoza thought directly in terms of “the multitude” and not individuals, in a conception… of physical and dynamic composition in opposition to the juridical contract. – Bodies were conceptualized as forces. As such, they were defined not only by their random encounters and collisions (state of crisis); they were defined by relationships between an infinite number of parts making up each body, which already characterized that body as “a multitude”. Gilles Deleuze, introduction to Anomalie Sauvage, Toni Negri, PUF, 1983

“That the democracy deficit in the making of the city and the abuse of tools – dating from a period where the reason of a few presided over the destiny of the many – made it impossible to take on board mutations produced by the fragmentation of informational and productive mechanisms”.

“That liberal space was constructed in terms of social control, and that the contemporary 30th-century city retained all the stigmata of that”.