By Brian Massumi

ISBN-10: 0203994361

ISBN-13: 9780203994368

ISBN-10: 041523803X

ISBN-13: 9780415238038

ISBN-10: 0415238048

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A surprise to idea brings jointly essays that discover Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of expression in a couple of modern contexts. it is going to be of curiosity to all these in philosophy, cultural reports and paintings conception. the quantity additionally comprises an interview with Guattari which basically restates the 'aesthetic paradigm' that organizes either his and Deleuze's paintings.

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It ‘recognizes’ every arriving perception it can as being ‘like’ an impulse the body has already integrated as a functional life content. 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.

Everywhere he manifests the same delicious languor. He moves with a slow, stylized grace. It’s as if he were waiting to be ravished. The camera moves caressingly up the length of his body. It dwells longingly on the ample folds of his ass. His feet are sheathed in high-heeled shoes. His pants are flared at the legs, but nicely tight around the buttocks. His jackets and shirts feature rows of big buttons, and leave his chest or midriff bare. A single lock of hair curls daintily over his forehead.

8 For a sustained discussion of how content and expression can be made to pass into intermediate states that fuse them into mutational ‘matters of expression’ see Deleuze and Guattari (1986: 3–8). 9 Cited in Genosko (2001: 916). 10 On ‘probe-heads’ or ‘cutting edges of deterritorialization’, see Deleuze and Guattari (1987: 189–91). 11 Guattari (1995). On the shift in Guattari’s thinking to an aesthetic paradigm, see Félix Guattari in this volume. Stephen Zagala also develops an ethico-aesthetics xxxv BRIAN MASSUMI 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 in his contribution.

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