Exploring Dividuality

Gerald Raunig of ZHdK will lecture on his book Dividuum, which explores the concept of dividuality, tracing back to the classical philosophers. He uses his findings to address contemporary modes of production and forms of life.

Event Details


ACT Cube
MIT campus, E15 - 001, Cambridge, 02139 United States


November 07, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)


free and open to the public


Within the framework of lecture series “Tinker User Tracer Human,” put on by ACT (MIT’s program for Art, Culture, and Technology)  Gerald Raunig, philosopher and theorist hailing from University of Zurich for the Arts, will lecture on his recent book, Dividuum. The roots of the concept of the “dividuum” can be traced back to Latin philosophy, when Cicero used the term to translate the “divisible” in the writings of Epicurus and Plato; later, medieval scholars utilized the term in theological discussions on the unity of the trinity. Grounding himself in the writings of the medieval bishop Gilbert de Poitiers and his extensive commentaries on Boethius, Gerald Raunig charts a genealogy of the concept and develops a philosophy of dividuality as a way of addressing contemporary modes of production and forms of life. Raunig will share the conclusions he has drawn, which come in the form of both good and bad news.

Copies of Dividuum will be available for sale at the event. Guests are welcome to approach Raunig for book signings.

About Gerald Raunig

Raunig is a philosopher and art theorist. He works at the Zürich University of the Arts and the eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), Vienna. He is coeditor of the multilingual publishing platform Transversal Texts and the Austrian journal Kamion. He is the author of Art and Revolution, A Thousand Machines, and Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity, all published by Semiotext[e].


Tinker User Tracer Human is a lecture series presented by ACT, MIT’s program in art, culture, and technology. The series invites artists, designers, and philosophers to help us speculate on the future of art, learning, and action in a rapidly intensifying age of software aesthetics, persuasive computing, intangible infrastructures, nonorganic vitalities, an ubiquitous sensing. Check out the event poster here.

ACT’s fall 2016 lecture series is conceived by Gediminas Urbonas, ACT director, and developed and coordinated by Ashley Rizzo Moss, ACT Senior Communications & Public Programs Assistant and Lucas Freeman, ACT Writer in Residence, in conversation with ACT graduate students.

Don’t miss Chus Martinez, who will speak the following month on December 5, presenting “Duck is the Ubermensch,” which will close out the series.