By Elizabeth Grosz

ISBN-10: 0231145187

ISBN-13: 9780231145183

ISBN-10: 0231517874

ISBN-13: 9780231517874

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ISBN-13: 9787620087000

Rather than treating paintings as a different production that calls for cause and subtle style to understand, Elizabeth Grosz argues that art-especially structure, tune, and painting-is born from the disruptive forces of sexual choice. She ways paintings as a kind of erotic expression connecting sensory richness with primal hope, and in doing so, reveals that the that means of paintings comes from the intensities and sensations it evokes, not only its purpose and aesthetic.

By relating to our so much cultured human accomplishments because the results of the over the top, nonfunctional forces of sexual allure and seduction, Grosz encourages us to work out artwork as one of those physically enhancement or mode of sensation allowing residing our bodies to adventure and rework the universe. artwork should be understood as a fashion for our bodies to reinforce themselves and their means for notion and affection-a approach to develop and evolve via sensation. via this framework, which knits jointly the theories of Charles Darwin, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Jakob von Uexküll, we will take hold of art's deep animal lineage.

Grosz argues that artwork isn't really tied to the predictable and identified yet to new futures now not inside the current. Its animal affiliations make sure that artwork is extremely political and charged with the construction of recent worlds and new types of residing. in response to Grosz, paintings is the best way lifestyles experiments with materiality, or nature, so that it will lead to switch.

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2. Sensations, affects, and intensities, while not readily identifiable, are clearly closely connected with forces, and particularly bodily forces, and their qualitative transformations. What differentiates them from experience, or from any phenomenological framework, is the fact that they link the lived or phenomenological body with cosmological forces, forces of the outside, that the body itself can never experience directly. Affects and intensities attest to the body’s immersion and participation in nature, chaos, materiality: “Affects are precisely these nonhuman becomings of man, just as percepts—including the town—are nonhuman landscapes of nature” (Deleuze and Guattari 1994:169).

ISBN 978-0-231-14518-3 (cloth : alk. paper)—ISBN 978-0-231-51787-4 (e-book) 1. Deleuze, Gilles, 1925–1995. 2. Arts—Philosophy. I. Title. 1—DC22 2007047572 A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. References to Internet Web Sites (URLs) were accurate at the time of writing. Neither the author nor Columbia University Press is responsible for Web sites that may have expired or changed since the book was prepared. The Wellek Library Lectures in Critical Theory are given annually at the University of California, Irvine, under the auspices of the Critical Theory Institute.

3. See Buchanan and Swiboda (2004), and especially Ian Buchanan’s “Deleuze and Pop Music”; Deleuze himself clearly has a preference for works that might be considered high modernist, but it is not at all clear that his understanding of art as the monumentalization of sensation is not a more general characterization of all of the arts, including both the most everyday and popular, the most ready-made or found objects, the most quotidian of performances. 4. If philosophy cannot be understood as the master discipline by which the arts can be comprehended, it is equally true that art cannot be understood as the culmination or fruition of philosophy, as one recent text has claimed: “In his own late works Deleuze addresses these questions of subjectivity, freedom and creation and he does so largely within the domain of aesthetics.

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