4 Jan 2018

Terence Blake’s ‘Deleuze and Shining’


by Corry Shores


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Deleuze and Shining


In this post (also published at OnScenes) Blake discusses the themes of light, thought, and the constitution of things in Deleuze’s philosophy:

One of the most interesting aspects of Deleuze’s cinema books is his break with any notion of consciousness as a light that illuminates objects otherwise relegated to darkness. L’IMAGE-MOUVEMENT is quite clear on this point:

“It is things that are shining in themselves, without anything to illuminate them.” (p89, my translation).


Things are always shining, but the important thing is how they shine, what in his book on Foucault Deleuze calls the different régimes of visibility.

“Visibilities are not forms of objects, nor even forms that would show up under light, but rather forms of luminosity which are created by the light itself and allow a thing or object to exist only as a flash, sparkle or shimmer”. (FOUCAULT, p45)

Things are more or less congealed or stratified assemblages of light (or matter or movement or force), but the regimes of saying and showing, of visibility and sayability are historically variable.

(Terence Blake)












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