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Assemblages & Episode Introduction

A filmic constellation of interviews with philosophers and clinicians, rare footage, dance, wander lines and red wine, exploring Felix Guattari’s anti-patriarchal, anti-colonialist, anti-psychiatric, animist ideas of care and the self. Before the screening members of Arika give an introduction to the Episode.


Assemblages     Dir: Maurizio Lazzarato & Angela Melitopoulos, Germany, 2010, 66 mins


What we wrote about it at the time: Assemblages explores the thinking and practice of the influential psychotherapist, political activist, and philosopher Felix Guattari, who tirelessly worked against the Western patriarchal and colonialist idea of the human subject. Combining archive footage with interviews with Guattari, his friends and colleagues (including one of our favourite thinkers, Suely Rolnik), the film creates a constellation of ideas exploring care structures and non-colonial ways of being in the world that have nothing to do with the ‘self’: so-called animist cultures and practices in which subjectivity is not located in the human alone, but distributed throughout an environment. Guattari called these forms “assemblages.”


Assemblages is part of an ongoing visual research project by political activist and media artist Angela Melitopoulos and sociologist and philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato.


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  • Introduction to Episode