Deleuze and Guattari: Aesthetics and Politics by Robert Porter

By Robert Porter

This quantity examines the connection among aesthetics and politics on the leading edge of the philosophies espoused via Gilles Deleuze (1925–95) and Pierre-Félix Guattari (1930–92), specifically of their recognized collaborative works Anti-Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980). Robert Porter analyzes the connection among paintings and socio-political lifestyles, contemplating the methods the classy and political draw from one another. specific realization is paid to how Deleuze and Guattari, of their trust that political conception can tackle aesthetic shape and vice-versa, compelled us to confront the truth that paintings constantly has the capability to turn into political, now not in the slightest degree as a result of its skill to call and provides form to the order of our international, instead of its illustration.

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And by this they mean that the face (not just the images of the face that come to dominate the history of painting, but also what they call the processes of ‘facialization’ that are implied in and through all painting, whether figurative or not) is connected to a ‘regime of signs’, the political function of which is to reinforce ‘majoritarian’ norms or to sustain the kind of ‘Power’ that is assembled in what they call the ‘state-form’. It is against this kind of politics that Deleuze and Guattari ethically and politically affirm the crucial importance of the forms of painting that ‘deterritorialize’ or ‘dismantle’ the face, and the painters who effect ‘minoritarian’ becomings that chart a movement beyond the ‘representative threshold’ of majoritarian norms and power.

Or, as they more bluntly put it in Kafka, ‘In short, it’s not Oedipus that produces neurosis; it is neurosis – that is, a desire that is already submissive and searching to communicate its own submission – that produces Oedipus. ’ 39 Beginning to come into view here is what Deleuze and Guattari refer to in the passage above as Kafka’s ‘micropolitics’, his ‘politics of desire’. We could again connect this to Deleuze and Guattari’s sustained challenge to any public/private split in Kafka. 42 From a Deleuze-Guattarian perspective, there is nothing necessarily fantastical or spectacular in this, nothing symbolic, nothing metaphorical.

Asked K of the priest. ‘It may be that you don’t know the nature of the Court you are serving’. He got no answer. ‘These are only personal experiences’ said K. There was still no answer from above. ‘I wasn’t trying to insult you’ said K. 79 K tries to make a connection, to facilitate a libidinous turn that would empower him to renegotiate the power relations in which he finds himself. This is itself an expression of power, power as LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 37 expressed through making a connection (that is, connecting Justice to desire).

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