These are possible readings (and obviously we’ll only be taking up a few of these for workshops), with web links/examples below … please feel free to add if you have a username and password.

Key Readings

Reading in Detail (vary slightly from place to place so this is just indicative)

Deleuze, Gilles. (1988) Foucault Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (especially chapter 2)

Massumi, Brian. (2011) ‘The Diagram as Technique of Existence: Ovum of the Universe Segmented’ in Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 87-104

Also Might Be Read

Deleuze, Gilles and Guattari, Felix. (1987) from ‘On Several Regimes of Signs’, A Thousand Plateaus, circa pp153-164 ( the pragmatics of diagrams)

Doruff, Sher. (2008) ‘Diagrammatics: Portals of Entry’

Ednie-Brown, Pia (2000) ‘The Textures of Diagrams: Reasonings on Greg Lynn and Francis Bacon‘ in Daidalos, 74(January): 72-79 <>

Manning, Erin. (unpublished) ‘Choreography as Mobile Architecture’

Munster, Anna (unpublished) ‘Networked diagrammatism: from map and model to the internet as mechanogram’

Possible Readings if you want to go further

Anon. (2011) ‘“The Burlesque of Psychoanalysis”: Walking, Psychogeography and Schizocartography’ Particulations, <;

Anon. (2011) ‘Virtual Reality Worm-Tracking Challenge Leads to New Tool for Brain ResearchScience Daily, October 3 (worm-tracking is a whole industry as it turns out …  the full paper, ‘An Image-Free Opto-Mechanical System for Creating Virtual Environments and Imaging Neuronal Activity in Freely Moving Caenorhabditis elegans‘ is here <

(1998) Any, 23, ‘Diagram Work’

Bertin, Jacques. (1983) Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps. Translated by W. J. Berg. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Chatelet, Gilles. (2006) ‘Interlacing the singularity, the diagram and the metaphor’, Virtual Mathematics, the logic of difference, Simon Duffy ed, Clinamen Press

DeLanda, Manuel (2001) ‘Deleuze and the Use of the Genetic Algorithm in Architecture‘ <;

Deleuze, Gilles (1995) “L’immanence: une vie,” Philosophie 47 (septembre 1), 3-7; tr. as “Immanence: A Life” in Two Regimes of Madness (New York: Semiotexte, 2006)

Deleuze, Gilles (2004) Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation (esp ‘The Diagram’ chapter, 99-110), London, New York: Continuum

Deuze, Mark (2011) ‘You Are Not Special: Facebook Timeline, Google+ And Media Life’, Deuzeblog <;

Doruff, Sher. (2009) ‘The Tendency to Trans-: The Political Aesthetics of the Biogrammatic Zone‘ in Interfaces of Performance, edited by Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, and Rachel Zerihan, Ashgate.

Drucker, Johana (2010) ‘Diagrammatic Writing and the Poetics of Relations’, ‘Archiving Cultures’, Institute for Contemporary and Modern Culture, <>

Dunning, Alan and Woodrow, Paul (2009) ‘Body from the Machine: the spectral flesh’ Proceedings of the Digital Art and Culture Conference, <> or <>

Edwards, Paul N. (2010) ‘Introduction’ and ‘Thinking Globally’ in A Vast Machine Cambridge: Computer Models, Climate Data and the Politics of Global Warming, MA: MIT Press (both downloadable from MIT at

Erstlaub (2011) Games One: Heads/Tails, Musings from the Dark Corners <>

Fuller, Gillian (2002) ‘The Arrow—Directional Semiotics: Wayfinding in Transit’, Social Semiotics, 12(3)

Gemeinboeck, Petra and Saunders, Rob (2011) ‘Urban Fictions: A Critical Reflection on Locative Art and Performative Geographies’ Digital Creativity 22(3): 160-173

Guattari, Félix (1989) Cartographies Schizoanalytiques (Paris: Editions Galilée)

Hight, Jeremy (2011) ‘Interview with Lize Mogel’, LEA interviews, (note: pdf at bottom of page)

Knoespel, Kenneth J. (2001) ‘Diagrams as Piloting Devices in the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze’ Saint-Denis: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, No.19, 145-165

Kress, Gunther and van Leewuen, Theo. (1996) Reading Images, New York: Routledge, 57-61 (critique of diagram for making relations static)

Manning, Erin. (n.d.) ‘The Dance of Attention’

Massumi, Brian. (2002) ‘Strange Horizons: Buildings, Biograms and the Body Topologic’ in Parables for the Virtual: Sensation, Movement, Affect Durham: Duke University Press: 177-205

Massumi, Brian. (2003) ‘Urban Appointment: A Possible Rendez-Vous With the City’ in Joke Brouwer and Arjen Mulder (eds) Making Art of Databases, Rotterdam: V2 Organisatie/Dutch Architecture Institute, 2003: 28-55

Massumi, Brian. (2011) Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mongini, Claudia (2011) ‘Diagrams of creation’, KAFCA (Knowledge Against Financial Capitalism), <; (via Geoff Cox)

Nazzi, Elena ‘Walky for Embodied Microblogging: sharing mundane activities through augmented everyday objects

Particulations (2011) ‘“The Burlesque of Psychoanalysis”: Walking, Psychogeography and Schizocartography‘ Particulations blog.

Patterson, Scott (2011) ‘How Math Whizzes Helped Sink the Economy‘, Scientific American, <;

Pierce, Charles Sanders. (1998) ‘The New Elements’ in The Essential Peirce: Selected Philosophical Writings, (1893–1913) volume 2, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Peirce, Charles (well on his concept of the diagram)

Prohm, Alan (2011) ‘constructing poesis°: storyboards for an immersive diagramming’

Queiroz, Joa ̃o and Floyd Merrell (2009) ‘On Peirce’s Pragmatic Notion of Semiosis— A Contribution for the Design of Meaning Machines’, Minds & Machines 19: 129–143

Semiotica (2011) 186, August ‘Diagrammatical reasoning and Peircean logic representations’, whole issue in detail on this topic

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2001/2008) ‘Diagrams’,

Stjernfelt, Frederik. (2007) Diagrammatology: An Investigation on the Borderlines of Phenomenology, Ontology, and Semiotics Springer: Dordrecht (suggested reading, perhaps ‘Introduction’, vii-xxi; ‘Moving Pictures of Thought: Diagrams as Centrepiece of a Peircean Epistemology’, 89-116; ‘A Natural Symphony?: Von Uexküll’s Bedeutingslehre and its Actuality’, 225-240; ‘Man the Abstract Animal’, 241-256

Vidler, Anthony (2000) ‘Diagrams of Diagrams: Architectural Abstraction and Modern Representation’, Representations, No. 72. (Autumn): 1-20.

Virno, Paolo. (2009) ‘Natural-Historical Diagrams: The ‘New Global’ Movement and the Biological Invariant’, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 5,1.

Wallenstein, Sven-Olov (2009) ‘Diagrams of the Mind‘ in Lost Between the Extensivity / Intensivity Exchange – Warren Neidich, Onomatopee.

Wark, McKenzie (2004) A Hacker Manifesto Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

Watson, Janell (2008) ‘Schizoanalysis as Metamodeling’, the Fibreculture Journal, 12,

Watson, Janell (2009) Guattari’s diagrammatic thought: writing between Lacan and Deleuze London, New York: Continuum

Wilken, Rowan (2007) ‘Diagrammatology‘, Electronic Book Review <;

Web Resources/Examples

An index/database of diagrammatics – really great examples! (all Andrew’s gram links) (all Andrew’s visualization links)

Kate Richards’ Wayfarer

Petra Gemeinboeck’s Impossible Geographies

Synchronous Ojects—really interesting site for William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, Reproduced, and discussed in Manning article.

Sarah Waterson’s Laika’s Dérive


Wikipedia: Bernard Riemann <>; Gram <>;

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