Diagram: The Virtual

The Virtual

'The Virtual' is a term used by Deleuze and Guattari that parallels the idea of Phase Space. The Virtual are aspects of an entity that can manifest, but may not yet have manifested.

An example of 'the virtual' would be the shape of a soap bubble. The shape of the soap bubble exists as a potential entity whether or not it is 'activated' by the interaction of air blowing into a soap solution. In this way, we can think of things as having a virtual 'realness' even prior to them being actualized. Worth mentioning here other terms used by Deleuze/Guattari: 'plane of consistency'; 'body without organs'; 'machinic phylum' (as described by Delanda)


 

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