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By Brian Massumi

ISBN-10: 0203994361

ISBN-13: 9780203994368

ISBN-10: 041523803X

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A surprise to proposal brings jointly essays that discover Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of expression in a couple of modern contexts. will probably be of curiosity to all these in philosophy, cultural stories and paintings concept. the amount additionally includes an interview with Guattari which sincerely restates the 'aesthetic paradigm' that organizes either his and Deleuze's paintings.

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I’m waiting for it to stop, for it to gather itself into an image, of myself, of my life, of the world. I’m waiting for the movement to stop and reflect itself back to itself – reflection is the condition of action, isn’t it? But it turns its face away, dissolves into a hundred tiny details on a cruelly indifferent time-line, dissolves me into a hundred tiny details, pure moving mass. It is true that in trying all of these different postures, I might just crack the code, it might all ‘come together’.

Rather than doing away with the notion of critique, Deleuze himself prefers to renew it and use it. He goes back to its Kantian sense of ‘the determination of the genetic elements that condition … production’. Deleuze turns Kant’s meaning against him by construing the conditions in question as those productive of ‘real’ rather than ‘possible’ experience. See Daniel Smith’s translator’s introduction to Deleuze (1997: xxiv). The reconversion of a stratified system of expression into a ‘pre-individual’ field of emergence is an instance of what Deleuze calls ‘counteractualization’ (1990a: 150).

Potential rolls in to roll on, in an experiential openness of clutter and invention. That openness, once again, is an autonomy of relation. What makes a singularity unique – fully and only its own event – is an accident only from the perspective of the already-operating type-casting collector mechanisms to which it gives pause. What is accidental is their momentary failure to recognize. The accident is their negative observation that the event does not immediately provide more grist for their alimentary operations: more substance for their established forms of content.

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