This London Transport fabric (a historical reproduction) is one of the more subtle elements of the design-integration of the whole urban space touched by LT/TfL’s institutional force.
“Very specific assemblages of power impose significance and subjectification as their determinate form of expression, in reciprocal presupposition with new contents: there is no significance without a despotic assemblage, no subjectification without an authoritarian assemblage, and no mixture between the two without assemblages of power that act through signifiers and act upon souls and subjects.”
Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, Year Zero: Faciality, (p200).
Movement and Participation: Journeys within Everyday Environments
vol. spec, no. 1, 2005
“”Behind” statements and semioticizations there are only machines, assemblages, and movements of deterritorialization that cut across the stratification of the various systems and elude both the coordinates of language and of existence. This is why pragmatics is not a complement to logic, syntax, or semantics; on the contrary, it is the fundamental element upon which all the rest depend.”
Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 587BC – 70AD: On Several Regimes of Signs, p163-4.
This is ‘enclosure’ in action. ‘Public’ space is always precarious and exist only on the sufferance of the authoritarian institutions of society. That we do not see this as an act of enclosure is the result of the warping of the noo-space by the force of capital.