The Smooth and the Striated: Deluze and Guattari – 7 Dec

The authors discuss the difference between smooth and striated space and how they relate to each other. They state that things are rarely either smooth or striated — that most things are in a constant process of becoming one or the other. The two types of spaces essentially exist in the state of synthesis “we must remind ourselves that the two spaces in fact exist only in mixture: smooth space is constantly being translated, transversed into a striated space; striated space is constantly being reversed, returned to a smooth space”.

Smooth spaces are like that of the ocean or the desert; it appears as one continuous entity. Striated spaces on the other hand feel much more controlled and rigid, have limits, and focuses on points.

1. What is the real relationship between striated and smooth spaces?

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