Download PDF by Brian Massumi: A Shock to Thought: Expressions After Deleuze and Guattari

By Brian Massumi

ISBN-10: 0203994361

ISBN-13: 9780203994368

ISBN-10: 041523803X

ISBN-13: 9780415238038

A surprise to notion 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 artwork conception. the amount additionally includes an interview with Guattari which essentially restates the 'aesthetic paradigm' that organizes either his and Deleuze's paintings.

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To the contrary, it involves submitting to it, consenting to participate in it, letting its self-propagating movement pass through, transducing it. 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.

4 The Sublime in Kant is a double movement: a rupture followed by a higher recuperation. The breakdown of the imagination in the sublime can be compared to Bataille’s notion of expenditure without return. It is an opening. But the appearance of Reason is a restoration of order and of closure. 5 But is it really possible to separate out the parts of the Kantian movement like this? Neil Hertz suggests that even the first moment of the sublime, the imagination’s distress, seems ‘slightly factitious, staged precisely in order to require the somewhat melodramatic arrival of Ethics’.

It is rather just another moment of immanence. Death is just another pose in the film’s recycling of a previous fin de siècle’s aestheticizing, posturing, and posing. (Indeed, the film critic J. Hoberman rightly saw Prince in this film as a poète maudit in the tradition of Baudelaire and Lautréamont). 12 Seen in this light, Beauty is quite strange. It is a matter of great difficulty and great fragility. Yet in the perspective of beauty, even this waste of time doesn’t matter. Warhol: ‘If people want to spend their whole lives creaming and tweezing and brushing and tilting and gluing, that’s okay too, because it gives them something to do’.

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