Manuel DeLanda (born 1952) is a Mexican-American writer, artist and
philosopher who has lived in New York since 1975. He is a lecturer in
architecture at the
Princeton University School of Architecture and
the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he teaches
courses on the philosophy of urban history and the dynamics of cities
as historical actors with an emphasis on the importance of
self-organization and material culture in the understanding of a city.
He also teaches architectural theory as an adjunct professor of
architecture and urban design at the
Pratt Institute and serves as the
Gilles Deleuze Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the European
Graduate School. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual
Arts (1979) and a
PhD in media and communication from the European
Graduate School (2010).
DeLanda was previously a visiting professor at the University of
Southern California School of Architecture, where he taught an
intensive two-week course in the spring 2012 term on self-organization
and urbanity; adjunct associate professor at the Columbia University
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 1995
to 2006; and adjunct professor at Cooper Union's Irwin S. Chanin
School of Architecture.
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After moving to New York, DeLanda created several experimental films
between 1975 and 1982, some as part of an undergraduate coursework at
the School of Visual Arts. While at SVA, DeLanda studied under video
artist Joan Braderman; they were subsequently married in 1980 and
collaborated on several works (including Braderman's Joan Does Dynasty
) before divorcing at an indeterminate point. Influenced by the
No Wave movement, DeLanda's Super 8 and 16mm films also served as
methodical, theory-based approaches to the form. He pulled them
from circulation after the original negatives were lost; in 2011,
Anthology Film Archives
Anthology Film Archives restored and reissued them.
Cited by filmmaker
Nick Zedd in his
Cinema of Transgression Manifesto,
DeLanda associated with many of the experimental filmmakers of this
New York based-movement. In 2010, he appeared in Céline Danhier's
retrospective documentary Blank City. Much of his oeuvre was
inspired by his nascent interest in continental philosophy and
critical theory; one of his best known films is Raw Nerves: A Lacanian
By the mid-1980s, DeLanda—having moved on to the non-deterministic
synthesis of Baudrillardian and Deleuzian theory, command and control
techniques, and materialistic concerns of complex systems and
artificial life (including cellular automata) that would comprise
"Policing the Spectrum" (1986) and War in the Age of Intelligent
Machines (1992)—had largely eschewed his interests in "post-Freudian
ideas of the unconscious... as well as any interest in film
DeLanda's notable works include War in the Age of Intelligent Machines
(1991), A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (1997), Intensive
Science and Virtual Philosophy (2002) and A New Philosophy of Society:
Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity (2006). He has published many
articles and essays and lectured extensively in Europe and in the
United States. His work focuses on the theories of the French
Gilles Deleuze and
Félix Guattari on one hand, and
modern science, self-organizing matter, artificial life and
intelligence, economics, architecture, chaos theory, history of
science, nonlinear dynamics, cellular automata on the other. His 2015
book Philosophical Chemistry: Genealogy of a Scientific Field furthers
his intervention in the philosophy of science and science studies.
War in the Age of Intelligent Machines (1991)
A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (1997) ISBN 978-0942299328
Science and Virtual Philosophy (2002)
A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity
Deleuze: History and
Philosophy & Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason (2011)
Philosophical Chemistry: Genealogy of a Scientific Field (2015)
Assemblage Theory (2016)
The Rise of Realism (2017) (with Graham Harman)
^ Bryant, Levi; Harman, Graham; Srnicek, Nick (2011). The Speculative
Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. Melbourne, Australia:
re.press. p. 381. ISBN 978-0-9806683-4-6.
^ "Pratt Institute". Pratt.edu. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
^ Manuel De Landa. "Graduate
Design.upenn.edu. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
^ Posted By: Delanda. "
Manuel DeLanda Princeton University
School of Architecture". Soa.princeton.edu. Retrieved
^ "Manuel De Landa Lecture Series". PARAsite - parametric and
algorithmic research in architecture. University of Southern
California. 2013-04-06. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.
^ "Pratt Institute". Pratt.edu. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
^ ""SIMULATIONS IN MUSIC:" An Open Lecture by Manuel De Landa (Feb
9th, 2012)". Department of Music. Columbia University. Archived from
the original on 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
^ a b c Ed Halter: "Abstract Machines.
Nonlinear dynamics and the
films of Manuel DeLanda", Museum of the Moving Image, March 4, 2011
^ Blank City (2010) on IMDb
^ Edinburgh University Press, retrieved 14 June 2016
Manuel DeLanda Estensive Annotated Bibliography with links to articles
Manuel DeLanda on IMDb
Other interview by Paul Miller (28 May 2000)
Interview 1000 Years of War.
Ctheory (1 May 2003)
"Markets and antimarkets in the world economy" by DeLanda (26 June
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