1. Banner Image: Philippe and Anne’s wanderlines in the kitchen. The movements of the adults are traced in orange, the movements of the children in black. November 13, 1976. (from Maps and Wanderlines, p. 273).
  2. Figure 1: A picture of one of the encampments. There is no information about who is in the picture in the original caption, but instead, a poem by Deligny: “an old shelter/which will be/fallen apart/a shelter/is something/almost/someone/presence/there are cathedrals/and/there is that shelter there/N is not A.” N refers to the primordial we, “Nous,” A to the other, “Autre.” (from Au défaut du langage, p. 48).
  3. Figure 2: Drawn in the center is the action of the adult, with the corresponding doing around it. (Map traced by Gisèle Durand, Les détours de l’agir, p. 87).
  4. Figure 3: A map of Janmari’s “wander ring” and movements traced by Jean Lin, June 12-13, 1975. For a detailed explanation of this map, please refer to p. 251 of Maps and Wanderlines. (from Maps and Wanderlines, p. 252).


  1. Beatriz Preciado, Techno Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era, trans. Bruce Benderson (New York: The Feminist Press, 2013) 191
  2. Deligny was quite well known during the time of this attempt. His book Graine de crapule had regularly been reprinted since 1946 and was read by generations of educators. In addition to a number of theoretical texts and novels, he organized three issues of Recherches, the research journal of the Cerfi (the Center for the Study and Research of Institutional Formation) founded by Felix Guattari. After a period of relative obscurity, in 2007, the publishing company L’Arachnéen (The Arachnidan, after a concept of Deligny’s) published a compendium of Deligny’s works as their first project. An exhibition of maps drafted by participants of the Cevennes raft was organized in 2012 during The Imminence of Poetics, the 30è Biennale of Sao Paulo, which then travelled to the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and to the Palacio das Artes, in Belo Horizonte in 2013. In the summer of 2013, a symposium on Deligny was organized for the 30th anniversary of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris.
  3. He also mentions these children had no attraction toward the sexual, which puts them outside of what Foucault theorizes as the historical construction of sexuality’s privileged mode of access to truth.
  4. I am indebted to the detailed historical and conceptual analysis of Deligny’s attempt by Igor Krtolica in “La ‘tentative’ des Cevennes,” Chimères, “Clinique & Politique,” no. 72 (2009): 73-97.
  5. Deligny, Les détours de l’agir ou le moindre geste (Paris: Hachette, 1979), 56.
  6. Ibid., 124.
  7. Ibid., 12.
  8. I am reminded here of an eight-foot tall “endless column” that Robert Morris mentions as the initiation of his artistic life, when he and a childhood friend, as an anti-assignment for a bad shop class, has glued together a tower of drawing boards. As punishment, they had to stay late on Friday afternoons to sand all the picture frames that could be found in the school basement.
  9. For Deligny, even to understand autistic children was to do violence to them.
  10. Deligny, Les detours de l’agir, 47.
  11. Ibid., 310.
  12. Ibid., 59.
  13. Fernand Deligny, “Au défaut du langage,” Cahiers de l’Immuable 3, Recherches, no. 24 (1976): 18.
  14. Cartes et lignes d’erre/Maps and Wander Lines: traces du réseau de Fernand Deligny, 1969-1979, (Paris: L’Arachnéen, 2013), 6.