Desire references

Assessment 1 Poster Annotated Bibliography List

1.La Jetee, 1962, motion picture, Chris Marker, distributed by Argos Films, France. 

This text is a science-fiction short film about time travel in a post-apocalyptic world, and one of the main themes featured is desire which was especially relevant for my research. By being a prisoner of greedy men desiring a way to find a power source in the future, the main character desires freedom, and through time travel he gets that, however then develops desire for a woman he loves. Through his love and desire for this woman, he creates a path to timetravel to the future to receive power which the scientists seek, only then to be condemned to death. Fantastic that an english dub was made-more easier to understand and watch the images and develop a better understanding of the concepts of the film rather than focusing on reading subtitles. The illusion of movement in this film indicates the audiences/the worlds desire at the time to create the appearance of movement in film-to replicate reality. 

2.Dickinson, Preston, 1920, Factory,Oil on canvas, The Athenaeum, <>

This artwork presents to us a world of productive factories, which I personally related to Deleuze’s theory of desire machines. ”There are no desiring-machines that exist outside the social machines that they form on a large scale; and no social machines without the desiring machines that inhabit them on a small scale.” (Anti-Oedipus, Delueze, G. 1977, p.373). Through this artwork I concluded in agreement with Delueze’s theory, that our desire creates more desire, and that as desire machines, we create our own products from our desire, which I very much tried to establish in my poster. 

3. Deleuze, G. and Guattari, F. 1977, Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Viking Penguin (English). p. xiii-45.

This excerpt I took from the text I found especially relevant to my research, especially as Deleuze’s theory of desire as a productive creative force that is present in this assignment’s question I am addressing, is originally from this text Anti-Oedipus. The first 45 pages address this idea of desire-production through society and ourselves as our own desire machines, which I found extremely useful in developing a better understanding of Delueze’s theory, which in turn aided me in understanding the question of desire I was addressing.

4. Gilles Deleuze A-Z,1988-1989, online excerpt from original documentary, Pierre-Andre Boutang, <>

This excerpt aided my understanding of Delueze’s theory about desire as a productive force, therefore helping me in understanding the question I was addressing. Hearing the explanation about the theory of desire was much better in being able to have a proper understanding compared to deciphering the extensive vocabulary from reading his text. He uses the term ‘aggregate’ which is defined as (by “formed by the conjunction or collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; total; combined.

poster for desire

poster for desire

rough sketches/ideas before I started the main part of the poster

Factory-Preston Dickinson. 1920. 
World of &#8216;Productive&#8217; factories

Factory-Preston Dickinson. 1920. 

World of ‘Productive’ factories

Desire is extremely evident in this film, desire for a perfect idealised woman, as well as the desire of the greedy scientists to obtain a power unit from the future, as well as the act of using prisoners for time travel whether they die or become completely mad. 


Desire has often been conceived in terms of a lack: we desire what we lack, and we move endlessly (and impossibly) towards the object of desire. Against this notion, Gilles Deleuze conceives desire as a constructive force: desire produces its own objects. Taking up this idea of desire as a constructive, creative, productive activity, consider art and design practices as ways of exploring the possibilities of desire.


With this experiment, I played with the fact of how people’s perceptions and signs effect their decisions and judgement. In this example, I place a “out of order” sign onto a perfectly working washing machine, and see if it made a difference to people perceptions in college. Funnily enough, the various times that I visited the washrooms, the washing machine was left untouched, and no one questioned the idea of if the machine was working or not. The use of signs greatly impact a person’s way of seeing, especially when trust and assumptions are involved. The act of questioning whether the sign is wrong or not doesn’t happen

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1)Do you look forward to spending time with your family?

2) What do you think when using the term ‘family time’?

Person 1:

1) Yes, but I don’t really plan time with family. It’s not something I dread though.

2) I think of home and I immediately feel happy because I know I’ll be 100% comfortable all the time when I’m there.

Person 2:

1)When I’m home sometimes it can be good spending time with family and sometimes it doesn’t I look forward to seeing family but for instance my mum side I haven’t seen in ages cause if conflict so there are reasons for that, but generally I do look forward to seeing family I guess

2) Well when I think of family I think of get togethers, talking and telling family what you’ve been doing-so sharing stories

Person 3:

1) I do look forward to spending time with my family. Everyone is always really busy including me in the family, and often during term and semester times we don’t always see each other that much even though we all live together. Last semester between uni,work,friends and interning sometimes I didn’t even see my little sister for four or so days and it was always strange! Whenever we always go on family holidays or outings we usually have a good time, so yes I do look forward to family time. However, having said that I usually prioritize other activities over family time , I guess it’s because I know it can be re-scheduled but you know

2)When I think of family (including my puppy of course), I think of home at the beach. I’ve got a good family life so I always think of an environment which is secure and relatively happy and comfortable and of course a family who will always be there for me and help me when I need it and support me in all I want to do. I think pop culture affects my way of thinking of family a bit because I always think of Offspring and the crazy family in Offspring - close friends and boyfriends and all that always end up being part of my family.

In this experiment I choose interview-style questions, and questioned about family, stemming from another one of my iterations which has the words ‘family-orientated’ in one of the drawings. I wanted to show with this experiment how even though broadly thinking family can be quite similar between people, there is always differences, whether they be great or small in the ways how certain people perceive things~ways of seeing!

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these were the drawings I did whilst off my anti-depressants. I thought my drawings had a more quicky nature about them, for example I had watermelons floating around with dancing cats in my patterned drawing (happy birthday one) compared to when I was on my medication, my patterned drawings (refer to other post) were more simplistic and had less randomness/realistic visual imagery. I felt my drawings were more bold and interesting whilst off my medication, as well as being more cluttered with lots of contrasting ideas. Whilst note-taking, I found that I wrote alot, however still had a strong visual depiction of ideas that were discussed (I went to a few conferences where I wrote these notes/drawings).

Over-all whilst on my anti-depressants, I felt I had a more rational thinking process before I let myself put a pen to paper and draw, whilst contrasted greatly to when I was off the medication, and simply couldn’t stop drawing everything and anything that popped into my head. Honestly speaking, I like my drawings better when I was off my medication! I found it easier to come up with ideas and more free and open to anything.

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