Desire is always already constituted by practices and symbolic technologies. These technologies have made the industrial creation of desire possible, while causing real problems for desire itself. Indeed, the consumerist exploitation of desire has led to the ruin of the economic, political and social investments that found political economy. Today’s capitalist system is a drive-based economy in which the long circuits of desire are systematically short-circuited, captured or simply interrupted. Via the generalised repression of the youth and the generational conflict, the interruption of desire can be synechdochially linked to the rampant economic debt of industrialized nations. A new libidinal economy should then reconsider the role of attention, retention and protention as the three components of psycho-collective assemblage, which should also be interpreted as a politics of spirit (after Valéry and Derrida). Stiegler raises the question of an ‘organology of desire’ to re-construct the long circuits of transindividuation that allow for the transformation of drives into desire, that is, a re-composition of desire on a plane of consistency that permits the development of singularities (Deleuze).

Topics include :

  • Desire in Deleuze and Guattari
  • The body without organs (BwO) and the organology of desire
  • Drives and desire: the role of psychoanalysis in the thought of Stiegler
  • Libidinal economy: the role of psycho-social investment in political economy
  • Desire in the age of the generalised digital media
  • Art, image, the fetish and commodity fetishism