Monday, August 13, 2007

Deleuze and Guattari have taken the idea of philosophy past the limits of previous thinkers

DJ Spooky on Deleuze and Guattari by Rich on August 12, 2007 09:08AM (PDT) Basically I look at Deleuze/Guattari as two figures who act as translators of European philosophy and aesthetics into some kind of exit for people who are concerned with humanism. Think: Frantz Fanon wrote about this as a kind of update on Existentialism - the "gaze" that defines the world today is "brown" - but it is contained in a strange cadence. It's a visual rhythm that extended the idea of philosophy into spectrums that have yet to be mapped out.
European philosophy has usually been totally eurocentric for the last several centuries, and Deleuze and Guattari are the two philosophers who have taken the idea of philosophy past the limits of previous thinkers. Aristotle created the idea of taxonomy for the West several thousand years ago. Deleuze and Guattari have taught us to move beyond the categories he defined, and have helped create tools for analyzing how complex out mediated lives have become. I think of their concepts like the "Abstract machine," the "body without organs," and the "immanent plane" of action/realization as almost beyond the categories of European philosophy. They are humanists who look for meaning beyond the norms. That's where my music and their thoughts intersect. ... more » Leave Comment Permanent Link
DJ Spooky: the subliminal kid aka Paul D. Miller by Rich on August 12, 2007 08:55AM (PDT) Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is one of the brightest lights in contemporary cultural and media studies. He first surfaced as the master of the re-mix aka DJ Spooky in N Y City in the 1980s. Although this was initially a prank his fame as a DJ spread thereafter and he has gone on to publish widely on everything from Deleuze and Guattari to the art of the Mix. A download of a seminar he gave at Arthur Kroker's Pacific Center for Technology and Culture in Victoria BC in which among other things he reconsiders McLuhan and Derrida can be downloaded here. What follows are links to his web site. His latest book Rhythm Science was published by MIT Press. - rc more » Leave Comment Permanent Link

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