By Brian Massumi
A surprise to suggestion brings jointly essays that discover Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of expression in a couple of modern contexts. it will likely be of curiosity to all these in philosophy, cultural stories and artwork thought. the amount additionally includes an interview with Guattari which in actual fact restates the 'aesthetic paradigm' that organizes either his and Deleuze's paintings.
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Extra resources for A Shock to Thought: Expression after Deleuze and Guattari
34 The ‘univocity’ of being, in all its multiplicity (the ‘One-All’-ness of the world), is a major concern for Deleuze throughout his writing life. It is a particular concern of Expressionism in Philosophy (1990b), Logic of Sense (1990a), and Difference and Repetition (1994): ‘arrive at the magic formula we seek – PLURALISM = MONISM’ (Deleuze and Guattari, 1987: 20). References Artaud, Antonin (1999) ‘Dix ans que le langage est parti’, in Stephen Barber, The Screaming Body, New York: Creation Books.
They use it for the mode of operation of becoming. Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of deterritorialization is also in dialogue with Simondon’s concept of ‘dephasing’. An ontogenetic field, he argues, is dephased in the sense that it envelops the potential for what will in actuality separate out as separate temporal phases as well as distinct organizational strata. A transductive process crosses intervals of dephasing where it is repotentialized for a next emergence. See Simondon 1995: 30–2. In order to sustain a nature–culture continuum it seems necessary to posit ‘feedback’ mechanisms whereby the formed products specific to a stratum cascade back down the chain, retransforming into ‘functionless functions’ contributing to conditioning the field of emergence for each stratum.
While it refers to no external goal or concept, neither is it an ‘end in itself ’. It is a vector, a ‘clue’, inseparable from the action it unleashes; a ‘problem’ which lances an imperative to change. Modern individuality constructs itself au courant (‘on the run’) in a heightened sensibility to the actual that is inseparable from a movement of actualization. Conclusion It is not simply that Benjamin poses the problem of modernity in a way that prejudices the possibility of a ‘solution’. It is more that he does not pose it as a ‘problem’ at all, but as a ‘theorem’: modernity (as also the pre-modern) is summed up as a given state of affairs, as how things are, and it remains for us to 7 MELISSA McMAHON draw out the endless consequences.
A Shock to Thought: Expression after Deleuze and Guattari by Brian Massumi