gilles deleuze: what is a dispositif

For Foucault the “dispositif” refers to a configuration of heterogeneous elements. The interplay of these elements results in a specific power/knowledge formation. In an interview in 1977, Michel Foucault was asked about the “methodological function...of this term, dispositif”. "What I try to pick out with this term is, firstly, a thoroughly heterogeneous ensemble consisting of discourses, institutions, architectural forms, regulatory decisions, laws, administrative measures, scientific statements, philosophical, moral and philanthropic propositions – in short, the said as much as the unsaid. Such are the elements of the dispositif. The dispositif itself is the system of relations that can be established between these elements. Secondly, what I am trying to identify in this dispositif is precisely the nature of the connection that can exist between these heterogeneous elements."

GD rhizomatic understanding of the dispositif emphasizes its fluidity and openness escaping attempts of totalising control.

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