Deleuze Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed)
Are your students baffled by Baudrillard? Dazed by Deleuze? Confused by Kristeva?
Other beginners’ guides can feel as impenetrable as the original texts to students who ""think in images."" Contemporary Thinkers Reframed instead uses the language of the arts to explore the usefulness in practice of complex ideas.
Short, contemporary and accessible, these lively books utilize actual examples of artworks, films, television shows, works of architecture, fashion and even computer games to explain and explore the work of the most commonly taught thinkers. Conceived specifically for the visually-minded, the series will prove invaluable to students right across the visual arts.
Deleuze disdains easy answers. Yet easy answers to Deleuze are what students need. Without reducing Deleuze’s complex body of thought to simplistic solutions, this very contemporary guide leads the reader into the world of Deleuze’s spiralling thought through concrete examples from art, film, TV and even computer games. From Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Cell to Pac Man and Doom, and from the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, Coco Fusco and Rachel Whiteread to Lost and Doctor Who, this easily digestible introduction looks at the key ideas promoted by Deleuze, both in his own work and in his notoriously difficult collaborations with Felix Guattari, to make them both fresh and relevant to the visual arts today.
59 Figure 2. Rachel Whiteread, House (1993) courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery © Rachel Whiteread. Photo credit: Sue Ormerod. 77 Figure 3. The Cell (d. Tarsem Singh, New Line Cinema, 2000) supplied by the Ronald Grant Archive. 99 Figure 4. Doctor Who (BBC, 2007) copyright © BBC. 113 Foreword: Deleuze reframed? This book is a brief introduction to some of the key philosophical motifs, theories and approaches of one of the twentieth century’s most important philosophers, and one whose ideas have
famous philosopher to observe that, in cinema, time is condensed. As viewers, we expect the events of several days, weeks or years to be rendered in a recognisable time span: ninety minutes for a mainstream film, two hours for an art film, 92 Deleuze Reframed and three to four for a Bollywood film. There is more to it than this, though. For Deleuze, the passing of time in the movement-image is focused around the movement of the protagonist, and becomes spatialised in the process. This is
communicates with an albino Alsatian dog – all the time effortlessly changing costume, from everyday casual dress, to flowing red robes, to elegantly patterned transparent black dress. The choice of Tarsem Singh as director is telling in this respect. His previous credits included director of the music video for R.E.M.’s hit song, Losing My Religion. In the R.E.M. video, shots of the band are punctuated by tableaux depicting figures in ‘exotic’ historical costumes drawn from artistic and biblical
and the day he won the lottery. This was also a situation of potential change and personal or social responsibility, and the episode plays out his anxieties via his dreams as well as his flashbacks. In a later episode, ‘Dave’, after Hurley has eventually distributed the food, a ration crate is parachuted onto the island, this time causing him to remember his period in a mental institution as a result of his guilt and consequent overeating. In sum, Hurley’s guilt about this accident, his
University Press, 1995. Pure Immanence: Essays on a life, ed. John Rajchman, trans. Anne Boyman, New York, NY: Zone, 2001. 138 Deleuze Reframed By Deleuze and Guattari Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and schizophrenia, 1972, trans. Robert Hurley, Mark Seem, and Helen R. Lane, London: Athlone, 1984. Kafka: Toward a minor literature, 1975, trans. Dana Polan, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1986. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and schizophrenia, 1980, trans. Brian Massumi, 3rd edn,