Sunday, November 23, 2008

Deleuze and Guattari, Art, and Invention

From Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus:

"But that is not the worst of it: the worst is the way the texts of Kleist and Artaud themselves have ended up becoming monuments, inspiring a model to be copied--a model far more insidious than the others--for the artificial stammerings and innumerable tracings that claim to be their equal" (378)

From Simon O'Sullivan's Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari:

"The novelty of art, its constitution of new complexes, will often appear strange and unfamiliar. It may even be that it surprises its producer (it speaks back to the srtist as it were, or appears to come from 'somewhere else'). This in itself means that art is ontologically difficult. It is not made for an already constituted audience but in fact calls its audience into being. It is through the extraction of 'new harmonies, new plastic or melodic landscapes, and new rhythmic characters' that art summons forth this new people. In presenting us with a new composite art encourages us to feel and reason in new ways" (68).

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