Academic journal article Journal of Philosophy: A Cross Disciplinary Inquiry

Performing Deleuze, a Rhizologue in Three Acts

Academic journal article Journal of Philosophy: A Cross Disciplinary Inquiry

Performing Deleuze, a Rhizologue in Three Acts

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Performing Deleuze, a Rhizologue in Three Acts Laura Cull (ed.), Deleuze and Performance (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009), Page 282, ISBN 0748635041.

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Deleuze and Performance presents the first collection of essays exploring the connection between Deleuze and Performance Studies. The book aims to remove the mutual neglect between the two, offering us new perspectives to rethink the notion of performance-to have done with its long-established link to representation-and to wonder about Deleuze's actual relation to artistic performances. It is well known that Deleuze used the nomadic strategies of the arts to transpose the philosophic event into an assemblage of continual becomings. In creating a language of encounters mapping material speeds and sensations that have no need of individuality, but instead ask for the conception of a life, it can be said that the vitalist logic of performance runs through the concepts Deleuze created. However, as Cull points out in her introduction, even though "the arts are frequently privileged in Deleuze's philosophy as sites of fundamental encounter, he seems to have had a complex, even troubled, relation to performance" (1). This intriguing remark leads to an arrangement of observations written by performance researchers and artists that problematize the current issues on representation in Performance Studies, and offers a fresh look on the thoughts of Deleuze, also in collaboration with Guattari.

Structured into three acts with a prologue and two intervals, the essays travel between haptic rhythms, spatial displacements of the body, affective durations, conceptual sensations of choreography, the performativity of movements, and the kinaesthetic economy of relations, to name but a few of the dynamics made apparent in the texts. Exploring the practicality of Deleuzian concepts, the essays featured in the prologue and Act I regularly take a critical distance towards Deleuze's own study of performance practices that lead to notions such as becoming-minor and the Body without Organs. …

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