chapter  6
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Celebrity without Organs

WithCRAIG N. OWENS

The Lady Gaga under examination here is not a person; she is what Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari call, in A Thousand Plateaus, an assemblage. According to Deleuze and Guattari, an assemblage, which is di erent from a mere machine, is a collection of decentralized dynamic functions and processes that produces various e ects and phenomena. They explain that,

as in all things, there are lines of articulation, segmentarity, strata, and territories; but also lines of fl ight, movement, deterritorialization, and destratifi cation. Comparative rates of fl ow on these lines produce phenomena of relative slowness and viscosity, or, on the contrary, of acceleration and rupture. All this, lines and measurable speeds, constitutes an assemblage.1