Diagram: The Virtual

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'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.

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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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Wohl, S. (2017, 5 April). The Virtual. Retrieved from https://kapalicarsi.wittmeyer.io/definition/the-virtual

The Virtual was updated April 5th, 2017.

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