File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9801, message 24

Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 23:15:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Deleuze on dispositif

Deleuze's third paragraph reads:

	Thirdly, a social apparatus [*dispositif*] consists of lines of
force. It could be said that they proceed from one unique point to another
in the preceding lines; in a way they 'rectify' the preceding curves, they
draw tangents, fill in the space between one line and another, acting as
go-betweens between seeing and saying and vice versa, acting as arrows
which continually cross between words and things, constantly waging
battle between them. The line of force comes about 'in any relationship
between one point and another', and passes through every area in the
apparatus. Though invisible and unsayable, it is closely knitted in with
the others, yet separable. It is these lines that Foucault is interested
in tracing, and he finds their trajectory in Roussel, Brisset, and in the
painters Magritte and Rebeyrolle. This is the 'dimension of power', and
power is the third dimension of space, internal to the apparatus, variable
to the apparatus. It is formed, like power, out of knowledge [*savoir*].

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