Buddha Machine

TitleBuddha Machine
Publication TypeAudiovisual
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGrieve, G
PublisherBuddha Machine
CityGreensboro, NC

The Buddha Machine was created by sampling found images form the Internet Internet Archive, a San Francisco based non-profit whose library includes texts, audio, moving images and archived WebPages. The video generates trsna (the Buddhist notion of desire) by visually embodying Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s notion of the desiring machine. By desire, Buddhists refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of which are wants that can never be satisfied, and lies at the root of suffering. Suffering, or duḥkha, literally means to be “stuck” or stopped. Similarly, for Deleuze and Guattari, desire is not to be identified with lack, with the law, or with the signifier, but rather with production, or really with the stoppage of production. As they write in Anti-Oedipus “a machine may be defined as a system of interruptions or breaks.” The Buddha Machine is connected visually to the viewer, and creates desire by breaking visual flow. However, simultaneously, it is at the same time also a flow itself, or the production of a flow.