Systems in micro and macro scale

October 17, 2012

“Genes are molecular, yet control cells, tissues, organs and even entire organisms and species; words are also molecular, but they work operate at the level of persons, institutional organizations or entire government hierarchies” (p. 165, Deleuze. Materialism and Politics) 

When you look around, everything is a part of a system, and that system is part of a bigger system, and that is part of an even bigger system. This seems to be true in politics, in economics, in socialism, idealism, ecology etc.  When solutions are made, the small scale, the small system, the local is to be considered as well as the bigger, overall-system.  Some solutions can be good in one scale, but have negative effects on a smaller scale.

Furthermore this also refers to architecture; where one house might be build in connection to the tradition in the country, the terrain, the landscape, the city, the culture and so on. And the house in connection to its closer surroundings, is it nature? a city? or a highway that surrounds it?. Inside the house are different regions with different functions, which fit the people who live there. Inside the regions there are different rooms, and inside the rooms there are regions as well, places where you eat, corners where you sit and so on. If you go even further to the “raw materials” they should fit the functions of the rooms, and down to the molecules (like hydrogen, nitrogen carbon) they also must match each other in certain ways (referring to Deluze and Guattari- “first articulation”). All smaller systems are connected and need to work in both the local as well as the global system.

In Manuel Delandas text “Deluze, Materialism and Politics” he discusses materialism, society and Politics. He uses the Philosophers Michel Focaoult and Gilles Deluze and Felix Guattari.
Deluze and Guattari talk about a concept of “double articulation”. The first articulation refers to the materiality of stratum; “raw materials out of this it will be synthesised(carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen…)”.
The second articulation refers to “the expressivity of a stratum; color, sound, texture, movement and the geometrical form and other…”

Later in the text they put it in an even simpler way; double articulation is, “the process of joining parts to yield a whole with properties of its own. Since the most component parts are smaller than the whole they compose, the part-to-whole relation is a relation between small and large scales”.

In connection to my chosen material, wood, or the grains of wood, a tree is as well in an eco-“system”. It is very depended by its surroundings, the ground, the air, the weather, and has special conditions to exist. The grains show how the tree grows, and how it makes itself more and more stable during its growing. A system exists inside the wood as well as outside. Outside it is part of the ecosystem and gets water and minerals from the ground and light from the sun, which makes it grow. The leaves will then produce oxygen and dextrose and by that the tree becomes a part of the even bigger system.

– Anne Mette

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