Deluze’s and Guttari’s abstraction of the haptic. draws on the work of Alois Riegl, they deal with the haptic in an aesthetic model of what they term as smooth and striated space.Using a number of models they describe;
The smooth as the path of a nomad, one that passes through a point, a path that is informed by the nature of the journey itself, whereas the striated as a path determined by points at either end of it, informed by its destination and origin.
The smooth as a space traversed with an immersive perception of it, informed by an intimacy of the space, (exemplified by the wave reading navigation of Polynesian seafarers ) whereas the striated as a space traversed by contemporary navigators referencing the mapping of it, informed by a territorization of space.
The smooth as a piece of felt whose very substance is an unordered entanglement of fibers, whereas the striated as a piece of fabric constrained by boundaries formed by the weft and weave of its intensively worked fibers.
The smooth as close-range vision in which you can “lose oneself, without landmarks”, whereas the striated is long-distance vision by which you can ground yourself in reference to a horizon.
For Deleuze and Guattari, the haptic is a smooth space, an environment that is interpreted through an intimate relationship with it, corporeally and or experientially, involving any of the senses. They correlate it to nomadic existences, at its smoothest “Like Eskimo space”. They describe the nature by which these spaces relate to each other, “smooth space is constantly being translated, transversed into striated space” such as the mapping of the earths surface so satellite navigated can facilitate accurate and efficient travel, “striated space is constantly being reversed, returned to a smooth space.” reflected in the descriptive term - a concrete jungle, a space constructed through striation however often experienced in the reverse by those who occupy it as a smooth space.