The writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari offer the most enduring and controversial contributions to the theory and practice of art in post-war Continental thought. However, these writings are both so wide-ranging and so challenging that much of the synoptic work on Deleuzo-Guattarian aesthetics has taken the form of sympathetic exegesis, rather than critical appraisal.
This rich and original collection of essays, authored by both major Deleuzian scholars and practicing artists and curators, offers an important critique of Deleuze and Guattari's legacy in relation to a multitude of art forms, including painting, cinema, television, music, architecture, literature, drawing, and installation art. Inspired by the implications of Deleuze and Guattari's work on difference and multiplicity and with a focus on the intersection of theory and practice, the book represents a major interdisciplinary contribution to Deleuze-Guattarian aesthetics.
Introduction / Part I: Aesthetics, Concepts and Critical Appraisals / 1. The Role and Place of Art in Deleuze’s Philosophy, Jay Conway / 2. Do Sheets of Past Exist?, Jay Lampert / 3. Deleuze on the Musical Work of Art, Jim Vernon / 4. Deleuze and Guattari, Architecturality, and Performance, David Fancy / 5. Concepts and Colours, Alphonso Lingis / 6. Birth in Beauty and the Power of Sensation, Dorothea Olkowski / / Part II: Artistic Practices / 7. Drawing Out Deleuze, Jac Saorsa / 8. Radical Finitude - Difference as Strategy, Marian Tubbs / 9. Transversal Television: For Guattari, By Kafka, Gary Genosko / 10. ‘In Any Event’: A ‘Literary Resonance’ Between Painting and Architecture, David Jarraway / 11. Working on a Diagonal: Towards a New Image of Architecture History, Bryan E. Norwood / 12. The Becoming-Human of Buffalo Bill, Dolleen Manning / 13. Some Questions in Lieu of Conclusions, Jim Vernon / Notes on the Contributors / Index
Antonio Calcagno is associate professor of philosophy at King's University College at Western University, Canada. He is the author of Badiou and Derrida (Continuum, 2007) and The Philosophy of Edith Stein (Duquesne University Press, 2007).
Jim Vernon is associate professor of philosophy at York University, Canada. He is the author of Hegel's Philosophy of Language (Continuum, 2007) and co-editor, with Karen Houle, of Hegel and Deleuze (Northwestern University Press, 2013).
Steve G. Lofts is associate professor of philosophy at King's University College at Western University, Canada.
Contributors: Jay Conway, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy (California State University, USA); David Fancy, Associate Professor of Theatre Praxis (Brock University, Canada); Gary Genosko, Professor of Communication (University of Ontario, Canada); David Jarraway, Professor of English (University of Ottawa, Canada); Jay Lampert, Professor of Philosophy (University of Guelph, Canada); Alphonso Lingis, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy (Pennsylvania State University, USA); Dolleen Manning, PhD Candidate (University of Western Ontario, Canada); Bryan Norwood, PhD Candidate (Harvard University, USA); Dorothea Olkowski, Professor of Philosophy (University of Colorado, USA); Jac Saorsa, Visual Artist and Writer (UK); Marian Tubbs, Visual Artist and PhD Candidate (University of New South Wales, Australia); Jim Vernon, Associate Professor of Philosophy (York University, Canada)
Drawing together an impressive array of thinkers, Intensities and Lines of Flight shows how Deleuze and Guattari’s thought affects art theory and artistic practice. Yet, Intensities and Lines of Flight differs from so many of the books and volumes on Deleuze’s and Deleuze and Guattari’s aesthetics. The essays collected in Intensities and Lines of Flight take us far beyond the art forms that Deleuze and Guattari favored. We can only thank Calcagno, Vernon, and Lofts for making us think -- perhaps it is not music but television that calls forth a people to come and a land to come.