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Stealing into Gilles Deleuze's Baroque House

Hélène Frichot

in Deleuze and Space

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748618743
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671762 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618743.003.0004
Stealing into Gilles Deleuze's Baroque House

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This chapter constructs the conceptual persona of ‘pickpocket’ to describe the architect, deliberately setting aside those personae we are more familiar with – architect as demiurge, engineer, and so on. In this guise, we see the architect as someone who in their professional practice borrows creatively from other sources, which prompts the question: Have his pockets been picked? The chapter addresses directly the issue of what architects ‘borrowed’ from Deleuze and shows that these borrowings are anything but inconsiderable. Deleuze's work on the baroque house, with its scheme of folds extrapolated from Leibniz, has been important to Greg Lynn and Peter Eisenman, but this does not tell the whole story. Rather, it has been Deleuze's attempt to conceive a philosophy of the event that has had the greatest impact. The architect is ‘interested in how the surface effects produced by the circulation of events might be created in material forms of expression’. Folding refers not so much, or rather not only, to the bending shapes of the materials, but more especially to the convergence of thought and matter, history and substance.

Keywords: pickpocket; architect; Deleuze; event; folding

Chapter.  8403 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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