Guattari Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed)

Guattari Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed)

Paul Elliott

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 178076233X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Guattari Reframed presents a timely and urgent rehabilitation of one of the twentieth century's most engaged and engaging cultural philosophers. Best known as an activist and practicing psychiatrist, Guattari's work is increasingly understood as both eerily prescient and vital in the context of contemporary culture. Employing the language of visual culture and concrete examples drawn from it, this book introduces and reassesses the major concepts developed throughout Guattari's writings, asserting his significance as a revolutionary philosopher and cultural theorist, and invites the reader to transform both their understanding of Guattari, and their lives through his ideas.

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to found the psychiatric clinic at La Borde (one hour south of Paris) and became involved in institutional psychotherapy. La Borde became famous for its experimental approach to treating the mentally ill, especially those suffering from psychosis. In a small essay in his book Chaosophy, Guattari explains that the techniques he and Oury developed at La Borde (such as the use of art and collective therapy) were intended as antidotes to the dehumanising practices of many institutions throughout

rules, regulations, morality and norms that killed van Gogh, not the bullet that buried itself in 75 Schizoanalysis his flesh. The mechanics of his paintings, the way they are constructed, the tracing of movement within them, the choice of colour, the ways of capturing intensity, can all be seen as a direct outcome of the bourgeois society that attempted to constrain and restrict him. Like the art therapy that was carried out at La Borde, van Gogh’s work is more than a way of working through

have no face and need none…The reason is simple. The face is not universal. (Deleuze and Guattari, 2004: 195–96) What do they mean when they say that primitives have no face and that faciality is not universal? Surely it is absurd to suggest, 81 Faciality The architect Shin Takamatsu's ARK dental clinic, built in 1982, is an enormous concrete locomotive planted in Kyoto, an introverted and powerful immobile machine. This building has disturbed the field of architecture just as much as the

the face and art makes a similar observation on the prevalence and nature of its representation in Africa and Asia. He says: To judge from what is called ‘peasant art’, the less sophisticated men are, the more they value decoration at the expense of lifelikeness. Thus the portraiture of Ancient Egyptian temples, Greek vases, American Indian and African Negro carvings, is hardly recognizable to us as portraiture at all: the likeness is subordinated to the decorative convention. (Brophy, 1945: 117)

homogenising and univocal subjectivity of the capitalist economy, often through a bodily or overtly sensual process of rupture. In Anti-Oedipus, Deleuze and Guattari traced the construction of the self through mechanisms like the family and its psychoanalytic buttresses. In A Thousand Plateaus, they expanded this out to include the whole of the capitalist system. For Deleuze and Guattari, capitalism acts like a huge social machine, churning out specific ready-made lifestyles and points of view

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