UNESCO Arts, Science & Technology

Manuel DeLanda

Manuel De Landa was born in Mexico City in 1952 and has lived in Manhattan since 1975. He is the author of the books War in the Age of Intelligent Machines; and Phylum: a Thousand years on Nonlinear History. In the 70s he started as an independent filmmaker, showing his films in film clubs and museums around the world. In 1980, he acquired an industrial-grade computer and became a programmer and computer artist, writing his own software for several years. His philosophical essays have appeared in many journals and he currently lectures extensively in the United States and Europe on non-linear dynamics, theories of self-organization, artificial intelligence and artificial life. His book, War in the Age of Intelligent Machines details the mutating history of information analysis and machinic organization from the mobile siege artillery of the Renaissance, the clockwork armies of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic campaigns, and the Nazi blitzkrieg up to present-day cybernetic battle-management systems and satellite reconnaissance networks. Much more than a history of warfare, DeLanda's account is an unprecedented philosophical and historical reflection on the changing forms through which human bodies and materials are combined, organized, deployed, and made effective.