Deleuze and the Diagram: Aesthetic Threads in Visual Organization (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy)
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Deleuze and the Diagram charts Deleuze's corpus according to aesthetic concepts such as the map, the sketch and the drawing to bring out a comprehensive concept of the diagram. In his interrogation of Deleuze's visual aesthetic theory, Jakub Zdebik focuses on artists that hold an important place in Deleuze's system. The art of Paul Klee and Francis Bacon is presented as the visual manifestation of Deleuze's philosophy and yields novel ways of assessing visual culture. Zdebik goes on to compare Deleuze's philosophy with the visual theories of Foucault, Lyotard and Simondon, as well as the aesthetic philosophy of Heidegger and Kant. He shows how the visual and aesthetic elements of the diagram shed new light on Deleuze's writings.
Deleuze conceptualized his theory as a form of painting, saying that, like art, it needed to shift from figuration to abstraction. This book focuses on the visual devices in Deleuze's work and uses the concept of the diagram to describe the relationship between philosophy and art and to formulate a way to think about philosophy through art.
is over and the narrator on the table has asked to be turned on his stomach, his buttocks sewn together, and whipped some more, Deleuze and Guattari add: this is not a fantasy, it is a programme.38 It is a programme indeed. However, it is not a sadomasochistic relation, as Deleuze discovers in his book on Sacher-Masoch, where the slave is ordered by the mistress. The mistress is not doing anything. Nothing has been done. But a relationship has been established: It is nonstratified, unformed,
categories in language, as they are represented in the spatial organization of the encyclopedic diagrams. There, the upper and lower parts of the illustration play the role of linguistic articulations. Barthes, like Simondon, sees the language articulated by the diagrams as a ‘complete, adult language’.19 For Barthes, interestingly enough, the encyclopedic diagram, in its cybernetic function, behaves like an autopoetic system – from the Greek poesis, to make, to produce, to construct, a
abstract surveillance function is translated from the prison system to the school system or the barracks system. Even though they are different social environments, the prison school or barracks share the function of surveillance, or seeing without being seen. As social organizations, the prison, school 9781441115607_Intro_Final_txt_print.indd 6 4/2/2012 12:50:48 PM Introduction 7 and barracks are vastly heterogeneous. But the diagram of surveillance that operates in each system is the
place. Diagrammatic, the plane maps out thought, traces its features so as to allow us to find our bearings in thought. The plane as breath suffuses the concepts that delimit the archipelago; this action is also demonstrated on the level of the paper through the etymology of dia in diagrammatic, which demonstrates the multiple dimensions of the directions in this diagram of thought: the prefix dia as in (a) through, (b) apart and (c) across. So the plane of immanence as a diagram of thought is
expression are variables of the assemblage. This is a way to show that language is a construction that plugs into a social field. 9781441115607_Intro_Final_txt_print.indd 16 4/2/2012 12:50:50 PM Introduction 17 The example of an assemblage (stirrup–man–horse), and the consequences for society, relationships between individuals, and culture that proliferate from it, resemble the assemblage example from ‘Desire and Pleasure ’.55 It shows how language is not the primary element of a social