Week 4; Mind-map for ‘assemblage’

Assemblage mind-map

As defined in the course outline, assemblage refers to “an assembling of elements of relations” and “a relational network of elements or actants in a flat oncology”. Assemblage constitutes both human and non-human actants. According to DeLanda, all elements (including actants) in an assemblage should be treated with equality.

An example of an assemblage is print publishing for newspapers. Human actants include individuals such as journalists, reporters, photographers, editors, publishers, deliverymen, consumers and more. Journalists, reporters and editors take charge in the writing and editing of the news each day while photographers take photos, which accompany these articles. Publishers make sure that the newspapers are published successfully. The deliverymen then deliver newspapers to news agencies or readers who have subscribed to them.

Non-human actants, on the other hand, include computers, cameras, publishing machines, vehicles for delivery, materials and more. These actants are also vital in the publication of newspapers.

All these elements make up a network or assemblage.

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