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Chaos, Territory, Art : Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth - Elizabeth Grosz

Chaos, Territory, Art

Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth

Hardcover Published: 7th May 2008
ISBN: 9780231145183
Number Of Pages: 136
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Instead of treating art as a unique creation that requires reason and refined taste to appreciate, Elizabeth Grosz argues that art-especially architecture, music, and painting-is born from the disruptive forces of sexual selection. She approaches art as a form of erotic expression connecting sensory richness with primal desire, and in doing so, finds that the meaning of art comes from the intensities and sensations it inspires, not just its intention and aesthetic.

By regarding our most cultured human accomplishments as the result of the excessive, nonfunctional forces of sexual attraction and seduction, Grosz encourages us to see art as a kind of bodily enhancement or mode of sensation enabling living bodies to experience and transform the universe. Art can be understood as a way for bodies to augment themselves and their capacity for perception and affection-a way to grow and evolve through sensation. Through this framework, which knits together the theories of Charles Darwin, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, FA(c)lix Guattari, and Jakob von UexkA1/4ll, we are able to grasp art's deep animal lineage.

Grosz argues that art is not tied to the predictable and known but to new futures not contained in the present. Its animal affiliations ensure that art is intensely political and charged with the creation of new worlds and new forms of living. According to Grosz, art is the way in which life experiments with materiality, or nature, in order to bring about change.

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This wonderful and short book... continues her recent quest of recasting Darwinian biology within a Deleuzean and Nietzschean understanding of sexual difference. -- Arun Saldanha Environment and Planning

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Chaos. Cosmos, Territory, Architecturep. 1
Vibration. Animal, Sex, Musicp. 25
Sensation. The Earth, a People, Artp. 63
Bibliographyp. 105
Indexp. 111
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ISBN: 9780231145183
ISBN-10: 0231145187
Series: The Wellek Library Lectures
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 7th May 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32

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