3 Sep 2009

New Directions

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by Corry Shores
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Some new directions, discovered while journeying away from blogging.

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Matt Lee and Temporality

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Matt Lee at notebookeleven is discussing a fascinating idea called diamond time. If you can, check it out. Perhaps this sentence will convince you he is onto something:

There is no instant of the eternal return since it shatters the moment and explodes the instant, taking us directly into the daimon of time, diamond time.

I wonder, does Lee’s concept of diamond time relate to Deleuze’s crystal image? Might it help us better articulate the sort of phenomenal time unique to Deleuze’s own theory of phenomena? [Also, Lee’s site is fantastic, looks great, is intelligently and skillfully written- it really is worth a good look.]

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The Raw Creativity of Clifford Duffy

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Clifford Duffy is a poetry machine. And this is partly because he creates his media as well as his poems. His techniques are so innovative, and his poems so original and presented in such unique ways, that you wonder if he does not reinvent poetry with each new creation. Often his poems are jawdroppingly amazing. [See the sidebar “Amazing Clifford Duffy Poems” for some examples.] He as well provides such valuable resources for Deleuze research as this interview. [Many of his blogs can be found under the sidebar "Clifford Duffy’s Poetry of the Future: A Breakthrough in Genre.”] I will continue looking to him for inspiration, knowledge, new ideas and directions, art made in the raw and in this very instant, and a reminder of what Deleuze and Guattari really had in mind for how we should live and express. I am fortunate for the friendship he extends even from so far off, and it's an honor that I may return mine back to him. .

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Spinoza’s Foci & Infinity of kvond

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Spinoza is one of Deleuze’s fundamental influences. And one of his most interesting contributions to our understanding of Spinoza has much to do with Spinoza’s concept of infinity. Kvond’s work with Spinoza’s optics and lens craftsmanship is invaluable for a more probing look at Spinoza’s ideas. As well, his blog Frames /sing continues to forge new directions for our mind’s explorations. [See this current entry on Spinoza, cybernetics, chaos theory, and complexity theory for an example of how remarkable kvond’s work is.] Much of his work is the first of its kind, so I highly recommend checking into his blog when you can. I find his ideas to be refreshing and stimulating, and he articulates them in beautiful writing. So when we can, we will review more closely his work with Spinoza, to better obtain the fruits of following his original approach. My own work has grown substantially on account of his insights and generocity, so I look forward to learning from him and hopefully working with him in the near future.

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Daniel Fineman and the Laughable
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Daniel Fineman has some extraordinary new ideas about Nietzche, Deleuze, and “the laughable.” I am eager to share his work as widely as possible. As he releases it for public consumption, we will follow very closely. I heard him deliver a paper, and since then I have felt something vital that we can add to our readings of Deleuze. If we can make Deleuze laugh, we ourselves will become more creative readers of his texts.



Darren Ambrose and Deleuzean Creativity

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I have encountered some incredible work on Deleuze’s aesthetics and theory of creativity by Darren Ambrose at Warwick. His research and writing is high calibre. As well, it is exciting. One fantastic project he has undertaken is applying Deleuze’s theory of artistic creativity to philosophical thought. Even from a quick glance (or listen), it is immediately evident that he will take us to new exciting conceptual realms. As well, he has covered much more ground than we have here on certain topics we have examined, especially regarding Deleuze’s work with Francis Bacon and French phenomenology.

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Anarchy

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I propose we explore anarchist theory. It occurred to me that Deleuze is an anarchist thinker (which might be obvious to many, or perhaps instead patently wrong.) What I have in mind is using anarchy as a metaphor to articulate something of the same family as wildness, lawlessness, chaos, disorder (and so forth) in Deleuze’s thinking. It might have more of the connotations we want for certain descriptions. If also we can articulate a Deleuzean anarchist politics, that would be fantastic too.

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Kara Keeling and Afrofuturism

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Kara Keeling is doing fascinating work with Afrofuturism, in particular with the music and theories of Sun Ra. There is such incredible freedom and creativity in this movement. It will be a source of inspiration as well as serve as an example of the liberty and power involved in Deleuzean creativity. Check out her blog Spittin’ Change. Currently she posted some of the Foucault – Chomsky debate.

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Deleuze the Phenomenal Theorist

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As well, we will continue our project of elevating Deleuze to equal ground with Husserl, not as an “anti-phenomenologist,” but as a competing theorist of phenomena. There are problems in Husserl’s system that Deleuze’s theory handles skillfully. Darren Ambrose’s work has convinced me to focus again on Deleuze's aesthetics, for this project.

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Blog recommences after the second week of September.

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2 comments:

  1. Hey Corry thanks for the good words. As usual I look forward to the thoughts you come up with. And I'm glad you liked the Complexity/Chaos piece as well. I wondered what you thought of it as it draws on Spinoza's view of mathematics, and something of Deleuze. In some ways it was an outgrowth of our recent discussions.

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  2. Corry, my computer crashed so I don't have your email. Email me if you would, I'd like to send you an essay.

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