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Practising with Deleuze

Design, Dance, Art, Writing, Philosophy

Suzie Attiwill, Terri Bird, Andrea Eckersley, Antonia Pont, Jon Roffe, Philipa Rothfield


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The first systematic reading of Gilles Deleuze's mature philosophy through the lens of creative practice

Six authors – two fine artists, a dancer, a creative writer, a designer and a philosopher – open multiple dialogues between contemporary creative practices and the generative philosophy of Deleuze. These conversations are focused around key aspects of production: forming, framing, experiencing, encountering and practising.

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Notes on Co-Authors
1. Introduction, Gregory Flaxman
2. Philosophising Practice, Antonia Pont
3. Forming, Terri Bird
4. Framing – ?interior, Suzie Attiwill
5. Experience and its Others, Philipa Rothfield
6. Encountering surfaces, encountering spaces, encountering painting, Andrea Eckersley
7. Practising Philosophy, Jon Roffe
8. Bibliography

About the Author

Suzie Attiwill is Associate Professor of Interior Design and deputy dean of Learning & Teaching, RMIT University School of Architecture and Design. She also has an independent practice that involves the design of exhibitions, curatorial work, writing and collaborating on a range of interdisciplinary projects in Australia and overseas. She is a founding member of the Urban Interior Laboratory and the current executive editor of the IDEA Journal (2014-2016). She has contributed to a number of journals mainly on interior design and architecture.

Terri Bird is an artist and a Senior Lecturer in the Fine Art Department at MADA, Monash University. She has published essays on the artworks of Ardi Gunawan, Bianca Hester and Fiona Abicare.

Andrea Eckersley is a Lecturer in Fashion Design at RMIT University, Melbourne. She recently completed a PhD in Fine Arts (Painting) at Monash University. Andrea is the art editor at the Deleuze Studies journal and exhibits regularly in Australia.

Antonia Pont is Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and Professional & Creative Writing at Deakin University. She publishes poetry, short stories and theoretical prose.

Jon Roffe is Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He teaches at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, and is an editor of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze’s Empiricism and Subjectivity: A Critical Introduction and Guide (forthcoming, EUP), Badiou’s Deleuze (Acumen 2012), The Works of Gilles Deleuze (forthcoming,, the collection of aphorisms Muttering for the Sake of Stars (Surpllus 2012). He is co-author of Lacan Deleuze Badiou (EUP 2014). He is co-editor of Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage (EUP 2009), Deleuze and the Non/Human (forthcoming, Palgrave) and Understanding Derrida (Continuum 2004).

Philipa Rothfield is an honorary Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She writes on philosophy of the body largely in relation to dance. She is interested in the work of Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Klossowski and Deleuze, to see what each of these philosophers can bring to dance and also to see what dance brings to philosophy.


The artists and philosophers assembled here deliver profound meditations on the largely unexamined topic of Deleuze and practice, touching on the philosophy of practice, the practice of philosophy, and various Deleuzian practices in painting, sculpture, curating, dance, interior design and architecture. Fresh, engaging and provocative from start to finish.

- Ronald Lynn Bogue, University of Georgia

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