“Assemblage” is the common English translation of the French term agencement, used by philosopher Gilles Deleuze and radical psychoanalyst Félix Guattari to theorize the arrangement and organization of a variety of heterogeneous elements (1975/1986, 1980/1987). The concept of assemblage has proved generative in media studies in its articulation of both the discursive and material aspects of media, and in its consideration of media as arrangements of humans and nonhumans.
It is important to note that Deleuze and Guattari’s approach to philosophy is one that emphasizes immanence over transcendence, multiplicity over individuality, and becoming over being. Assemblages are not static structures but events and multiplicities; they do not reproduce or represent particular forms but rather forms are expressed and each expression is the emergence of something creative and new.
Assemblages have four dimensions. Along one axis the assemblage stratifies or articulates what Deleuze and Guattari (1980/1987) call collective assemblages of …