Cinema In The Age of Control Societies

(Incredibly rough draft of part II of an article for Carte Semiotiche Annali 4, IMAGES OF CONTROL. Visibility and the Government of Bodies. Part I can be found here). Given our critique of the affirmationist interpretation, and while Godard’s Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) is Patton’s exemplar of something that approximates a Deleuzean ethico-political program, we should turn … Continue reading Cinema In The Age of Control Societies

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Deleuze, Patton, and Godard go to the Cinema

Jean-Pierre Léaud and Anne Wiazemsky, La Chinoise (1967) The aim of this essay is to interrogate the relationship between Idea-problems, creativity, and the society of control as undertaken by Deleuze (within philosophy), Godard (within cinema), and Paul Patton (philosophy and cinema). It will be shown how Deleuze’s understanding of the relation between Ideas, creativity, and control differs … Continue reading Deleuze, Patton, and Godard go to the Cinema

Between Cinema & Philosophy

[...an excerpt from an essay on Deleuze, Godard, and control societies...] In 1987 Deleuze delivered a talk on the topic of the creative production of works of art; specifically regarding creative acts as engendered in cinema and their difference from other creative endeavors such as philosophy and science. In this lecture, Deleuze develops a framework … Continue reading Between Cinema & Philosophy

From Negation to The Virtual: A Note on Deleuze, Contradiction, and Negation

"The richness of Hyppolite's book could then let us wonder this: can we not construct an ontology of difference which would not have to go up to contradiction, because contradiction would be less than difference and not more? Is not contradiction itself only the phenomenal and anthropological aspect of difference?” - Gilles Deleuze, Review of … Continue reading From Negation to The Virtual: A Note on Deleuze, Contradiction, and Negation

Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

  The fundamental problem in philosophy today, for Alain Badiou, is the creation of a new logic “or more precisely, a new dialectics” (1). It is this new logic that precedes any considerations regarding “politics, life, creation, or action” (1). For Badiou, the two main problems that Marx dealt with (revolutionary politics and a new … Continue reading Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

The Tragic Community: Nietzsche and Philosophy as A Treatise on Politics (Part II)

“When someone asks “what’s the use of philosophy?” the reply must be aggressive, since the question tries to be ironic and caustic. Philosophy does not serve the State or the Church, who have other concerns. It serves no established power. The use of philosophy is to sadden. A philosophy that saddens no one, that annoys … Continue reading The Tragic Community: Nietzsche and Philosophy as A Treatise on Politics (Part II)

The Tragic Community: Nietzsche and Philosophy as A Treatise on Politics (Part I)

(A year old paper that I still mean to return to) “Of what account is a book that never carries us away beyond all books?”- Friederich Nietzsche In a 1990 interview with Gilles Deleuze, Antonio Negri poses a rather interesting question regarding Deleuze’s early monographs on key figures in his personal canon: “Already in the … Continue reading The Tragic Community: Nietzsche and Philosophy as A Treatise on Politics (Part I)