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Event and becoming in the city: the contribution of Guattari’s ecosophy

In Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy, event and becoming are intertwined when they speak about the event as ’the moment we designate by saying “here, the moment has come”’. For them the subject is never a principle or a substance but always a becoming or a temporary effect of a heterogeneous process of subjectivation. Due to the fact that half of the worldwide population now is living in cities, we suggest to focus on what is the event in an urban context, and related to this what does it mean to becoming urban. This will be underlined by taking the Guattari’s concept of ecosophy with the social, environmental and mental ecologies as a departure. His concepts of territorialised assemblages of enunciation, and ethico-æsthetic paradigm help us to understand the production of subjectivities, and the becoming-consistent which occurs in our contemporary cities. Traditionally, one of the promises of the urban life is that you could become someone else or let your own self express itself, thanks to the anonymity and the feeling of freedom which provide cities. Furthermore, the paper will outline the event in the urban context. It occurs notably through cultural events which try to strength the attractiveness of the city by a storytelling and creating a fictional identity. The event-making with regular major cultural or sporting manifestations and events in urban public space try to activate the vital forces, affects and atmospheres of the city. All this leads to the emergence of an event city. This new urban conditions have impact on our relation to the city, and on our moving identity as an urban citizen. Indeed, becoming urban in the time of the event city, observed with the Guattari’s perspective of the existential territory, opens new forms of production of subjectivity for the individuals and the collective.