Ceramic, the substance and Tile, the form

October 17, 2012


In his Chapter 8 “Deleuze, Materialism and Politics” DeLanda introduces us some concepts related to materialism from Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari works. The process of double art

iculation, concerning the materiality (substances) and the expressivity (forms) of a stratum. Although these concepts are different they are tightly linked and they affect each other in a reciprocal way.

A Ceramic Tile consists of a certain amount of mineral materials, mainly clay, and these define its physical properties, what it is made of, its substance, Ceramics. Furthermore this matter has a shape, a form, we can percieve and sense its expressivity, the Tile.

According to the writer all identities are historical and because of that they are changeable; he remarks its importance in the human politics’ context and the possibility of social changes.

Over the years the Ceramic will be submitted to a variety of actions that will affect its matter composition. This changings at the same time will become appreciable in the Tile and its shape and texture, color, smell, temperature…

Finally he names the term of spatial scales distinguishing between the molecular and the molar levels as a way to define different approaches to the identity properties. But most of the times the same body can be both a whole and a part of a whole.

Ceramic is the Tile molecular scale. But the Ceramic Tile can be composing a ground, this ground may be defining a balcony area in an apartment, the apartment is the fourth dwelling in a floor… And you could keep going till… the universe? Is the universe the final whole?

-Anna B-

Manuel DeLanda – ‘Deleuze, Materialism and Politics ’, in Ian Buchanan and N. Thoburn, eds, Deleuze and Politics, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

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