Assemblage and Non-Standard Aesthetics




Laruelle, non-photography, Non-Standard Aesthetics, Deleuze/Guattari, Assemblage


Deleuze and Guattari describe the body without organs as a frontier experience, as an enrichment, strata, and an assemblage of intensities. The body without organs is made through experimentation, sound production, haptic perception rather than interpretation, and visual perception, because ideas of the world, the visual are encoded and appropriated by the conceptual apparatus, by the territorial machine. At the heart of Laruelle's non-photography and his non-standard aesthetics is the attempt to withdraw onto-photo-logical causality from the visual, from object-forms. For this purpose, objects are to be considered as scientific discoveries and should be investigated using a generic science that uncovers indeterminants and scenarios. Therefore, this article discovers assemblages with the perspective of a non-standard aesthetic, to find not only in the audible material, but also in the visual material of video montages, double and multiple exposures, the non-onto-photo logical areas of perception of the organless, the imaginary, the darkening of concepts, the superpositions of experiences, and images without objects.

Author Biography

Stefan Paulus, Ostschweizer Fachhochschule

Stefan Paulus (1978), Dr. rer. pol., is a professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland in St. Gallen. Since the 2000s, Paulus has published essays and books on the theory of society and agency of subjects. He has also produced sonic and visual works, including videos, photo essays, field recordings and notes based on the theory of Deleuze and Guattari. His multimedia works can be viewed on his blog  and actually at the “Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Cosmic Art: A Virtual Exhibition”.           


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How to Cite

Paulus, Stefan. 2023. “Assemblage and Non-Standard Aesthetics”. Performance Philosophy 8 (1):75-85.