On Linear Segmentarity

RemyKoufax | Feb. 27, 2024, 3:59 p.m.

On Linear Segmentarity

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“We are segmented from all around and in every direction. The human being is a segmentary animal. Segmentarity is inherent to all the strata composing us. Dwelling, getting around, working, playing: life is spatially and socially segmented. The house is segmented according to its rooms’ assigned purposes; streets, according to the order of the city; the factory, according to the nature of the work and operations performed in it. We are segmented in a binary fashion, following the great major dualist oppositions: social classes, but also men-women, adult-children, and so on.”

-a thousand plateaus: capitalism and schizophrenia, Deleuze and Guattari

Linear Segmentarity uses generative art to highlight the segmented nature of the human condition. Humans are segmented creatures, always moving from one segment to the next, either because we are forced to or because we want to. 

We are segmented by the places we live, the people we know, the work we do, and the things we own. We are even segmented by our own bodies, as seen in the binary opposition of men and women.

The idea of segmentarity is not new. It has been explored by philosophers and artists alike. Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of the "rhizome" speaks to the inherent segmented nature of existence. In the arts, Barnett Newman's "zip paintings" and Sol LeWitt's "serial structures" are examples of segmentarity in action.

Linear Segmentarity takes this concept one step further by visualizing the hidden segmented self. We are constantly moving from one segment to another, but we often don't realize it. The goal of this project is to make the segmented self visible and to highlight the beauty in our own hidden intricacies. 

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Remy Koufax is an academically trained fine artist.


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