Deleuze, Guattari and the Art of Multiplicity

Edited by Radek Przedpełski, S. E. Wilmer

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Explores the concept of multiplicity in Deleuze and Guattari’s work and its relevance to artistic practice
  • Provides a series of philosophical encounters with the concept of multiplicity
  • Points to the potentialities circulating in various media for social change
  • Decolonialises our thinking about art by bypassing the mediation of the traditional western-centred art history
  • Contributors include Mieke Bal, James Williams, Laura Marks, Gary Genosko and Eugene Holland

This collection of essays from a range of philosophers and art practitioners offers tools through which we can action change across art and philosophy, across a range of media and across the theory/practice divide.

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List of Contributors

IntroductionRadek Przedpełski and S. E. Wilmer

Part 1: Philosophical Compositions of Multiplicity

1. Distributed Affects and the Necessity of ExpressionJames Williams

2. Multiplicity as a Life: Deleuze, Simondon, Ruyer, Audronė Žukauskaitė

3. Modulating Matters: Simondon, Deleuze and GuattariDaniela Voss

4. Multiplicities, Axiomatics, PoliticsEugene Holland

5. Movement, Precarity, AffectMieke Bal

Part 2: Multiplicities Across Different Artistic Media

6. The Magnetic Medium: David Wojnarowicz and Tape MachinesGary Genosko

7. Steppe Cosmotechnics: Art as Engineering of Forces in Marek Konieczny and BeyondRadek Przedpełski

8. Body without Organs as Pure Potentiality in Patricia Piccinini’s Sculptural InstallationsBurcu Baykan

9. Refugees as MultiplicitiesS. E. Wilmer

10. Guattari's Ecosophy and Multiple Becomings in RitualBarbara Glowczewski

11. Ripples of Serialism: Boulez, Deleuze and the San Francisco Bay AreaAdi Louria Hayon

12. Talisman-images: from the Cosmos to Your BodyLaura Marks


Przedpełski and Wilmer have brought together a remarkably wide-ranging collection of essays by top-notch scholars that explore both the philosophical trajectory of Deleuze’s concept of multiplicity as well as its ramifications in domains such as art and politics The volume will become a standard reference work for anyone interested in the complexities and implications of Deleuze’s philosophical concepts.
Daniel W. Smith, Purdue University
Pulsating, vibrating and intensive, this collection does not just discuss the concept of multiplicity but also enacts it through the rich array of its multidisciplinary contributions. With topics ranging from film, theatre and sculpture through to Indigenous ritual, talismanic magic and Eastern European neo-avant-garde, it offers a significant contribution to the philosophy of creativity, while itself becoming a work of art.
Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, University of London
This collection of contributions illustrates the theme of multiplicities through the diversity of its points of view, its fields of research and the subjectivities that are expressed. The reference to Deleuze and/or Guattari supports an approach that allows it to develop freely, without applying prefabricated concepts.
Anne Querrien, Deleuze and Guattari Studies
Radek Przedpełski is Lecturer in Visual Cultures at National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Trinity College, Dublin.

S. E. Wilmer is Professor Emeritus of Drama at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Performing Statelessness in Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), Theatre, Society and the Nation: Staging American Identities (Cambridge University Press, 2002); The Dynamic World of Finnish Theatre (Like Press, 2006). His edited and co-edited books include Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism (Oxford University Press, 2010); Deleuze and Beckett (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Resisting Biopolitics: Philosophical, Political and Performative Strategies (Routledge 2016).

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