By Brian Massumi
A surprise to idea 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 quantity additionally comprises an interview with Guattari which basically 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
It is a performance of the ontogenetic force of the process as such. That forced movement overspills the particular body. The body’s mimickry of the event makes it a lived ‘analogy’ of it, not in the sense that it in any way resembles it, but in the sense that it really (not truly) repeats its operations (of transformation). Thought does not reflect the real. It is real. 32 A genesis of the definite Artaud was right: expression ‘says too much to be born, and says too much in being born’. Its expressive momentum carries a charge of potential too great to be absorbed in any particular thing or event: too much to be born(e).
These actualize the potential in determinate forms of content and expression. That actual definition says too much in being born: it annuls the potential, bringing a current of expression to the end of the stream. 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.
Its moving-through envelops the sky-like immensity of its field conditions of emergence, and the numberless collectivity of a people to come. But in order to move through, it must move in. If expression’s charge of potential were not incarnated in an individual body capable of renewing it, it would cease to be expressed. It would dissipate, unperceived, like the lightning flash you just missed seeing. Expression’s culmination effects consent to perceptual pick-up by the human body. 26 There are any number of non-human strata in the world, with their own ‘perceptual’ mechanisms: means for picking up a charge of potential aflow in the world and capturing it in a stratum-forming selfproduction or reproduction.
A Shock to Thought: Expression after Deleuze and Guattari by Brian Massumi