Download e-book for iPad: A Shock to Thought: Expressions After Deleuze and Guattari by Brian Massumi

By Brian Massumi

ISBN-10: 0203994361

ISBN-13: 9780203994368

ISBN-10: 041523803X

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A surprise to suggestion brings jointly essays that discover Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of expression in a couple of modern contexts. will probably be of curiosity to all these in philosophy, cultural stories and artwork thought. the amount additionally comprises an interview with Guattari which essentially restates the 'aesthetic paradigm' that organizes either his and Deleuze's paintings.

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The ‘here and now’ of the aesthetic experience is not just an isolated moment but the repository of a history and a culture. It is an ‘organic’ logic, to borrow Kant’s term, where the particular is embraced by the principle of the whole that precedes it (Kant, 1987: 253 [§77]). By contrast, the mechanism displays an impeccable, but ‘dumb’ rationality, insensitive and unresponsive to its context, unreflective of itself or anything around it, proceeding indefinitely by identical fragments, too small and too large to be synthesized into a meaningful whole.

It contains potential with resemblance. The resemblance is in this redundancy of response: it is in on the level of the event’s effect. 31 The sameness of the response depends precisely on disregarding the singular contours of the arriving impulse: dismissing its potentially torturous anomalies as functionally insignificant. Deleuze writes that a body does not choose to think, and that the supreme operation of thought does not consist in making a choice. A body is ‘forced to think’ by its implication in a self-propagating, serially self-organizing generative movement (Deleuze, 1994: 138–40).

The tarantella of thought is a mimickry of that event, not a mirroring or moulding of expression to content. There is nothing, actually, in thought as such with which to conform or xxxi BRIAN MASSUMI correspond. The wrackings of the thinking body mimic the excess of potential it hosts. The mimickry is not of any form, but of the process of formation itself, its actual products aside. It is a performance of the ontogenetic force of the process as such. That forced movement overspills the particular body.

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