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

By Brian Massumi

A surprise to inspiration 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 reports and artwork idea. the amount additionally comprises an interview with Guattari which sincerely restates the 'aesthetic paradigm' that organizes either his and Deleuze's paintings.

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You’d think he had merely fallen into an affected swoon. His limbs are carefully arrayed upon the ground. His lover cradles his head in her arms. He mutters a few last words; then his head daintily droops. In this film, death is not a limit-experience, much less a contact with the beyond. 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).

This sort of evocation is quite different from modernist nostalgia. For, far from being about somehow lacking those pasts, Prince’s pastiche of styles is about having access to them to an excess, and even to the point of boredom. This is why Prince feels so free to mix and match past styles almost at random, without any coherent principle or criterion to guide him. The sublime grows out of an anxiety about representation and its inadequacies; but in this beautifully simulacral film, representation just is not an issue at all.

So the movement must rebegin. Its determinate products must pass again into an intermediate state where they are repotentialized. Expression regains momentum, cascading through the body’s many levels, like a contagion. If the result is an exemplary expression convoking of a collectivity, the contagion will spread. Expression will take another body. What each host body receives in return for its service to expression is a quantum of that vivacity: a quantum of potential to feed into its own growth and functioning.

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