Manuel De Landa
Mexico City, Mexico
Manuel De Landa (born 1952), is a Mexican-American writer, artist and philosopher who has lived in New York since 1975. He is a professor of contemporary philosophy and science at the European Graduate School in Switzerland; an adjunct lecturer of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design; a visiting professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, where he teaches an intensive 2 week course in the spring term on self-organization and urbanity; and an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. He was previously an adjunct associate professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and a lecturer at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. De Landa has a BFA from New York's School of Visual Arts.
After moving to New York, between 1975-82 De Landa created several experimental films, some as part of an undergraduate coursework at the School of Visual Arts. These Super 8 and 16mm films influenced by the No Wave movement, were also methodical theory-based approaches to film. He pulled them from circulation after the original negatives were lost; in 2011, Anthology Film Archives restored and reissued them. Cited by filmmaker Nick Zedd in his Cinema of Transgression Manifesto, De Landa 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 Thriller (1980). By the mid-1980s, De Landa—having moved on to the non-deterministic synthesis of Baudrillardian & 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 theory."
He is the author of 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 philosophers 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 latest book (as of March 2011) is Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason, which explores simulations of emergence in systems of different scales, from the atomic to the social.
- War in the Age of Intelligent Machines (1991)
- A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (1997)
- Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (2002)
- A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity (2006)
- Deleuze: History and Science (2010)
- Philosophy & Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason (2011)
- Ed Halter: "Abstract Machines. Nonlinear dynamics and the films of Manuel DeLanda", Museum of the Moving Image, March 4, 2011
- Manuel de Landa Faculty profile at European Graduate School EGS. Biography, bibliography, photos, quotes and video lectures.
- Manuel DeLanda Annotated Bibliography with links to articles
- Various texts
- Other interview by Paul Miller (2000)
- Interview on Ctheory (2003)
- "Markets and antimarkets in the world economy" by DeLanda