Intensities and Lines of Flight

Deleuze/Guattari and the Arts

Edited by Antonio Calcagno, Jim Vernon, Steve G. Lofts

Publication date:

04 June 2014

Length of book:

234 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781783480319

The writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari offer the most enduring and controversial contributions to the theory and practice of art in post-war Continental thought. However, these writings are both so wide-ranging and so challenging that much of the synoptic work on Deleuzo-Guattarian aesthetics has taken the form of sympathetic exegesis, rather than critical appraisal.

This rich and original collection of essays, authored by both major Deleuzian scholars and practicing artists and curators, offers an important critique of Deleuze and Guattari's legacy in relation to a multitude of art forms, including painting, cinema, television, music, architecture, literature, drawing, and installation art. Inspired by the implications of Deleuze and Guattari's work on difference and multiplicity and with a focus on the intersection of theory and practice, the book represents a major interdisciplinary contribution to Deleuze-Guattarian aesthetics.
Drawing together an impressive array of thinkers, Intensities and Lines of Flight shows how Deleuze and Guattari’s thought affects art theory and artistic practice. Yet, Intensities and Lines of Flight differs from so many of the books and volumes on Deleuze’s and Deleuze and Guattari’s aesthetics. The essays collected in Intensities and Lines of Flight take us far beyond the art forms that Deleuze and Guattari favored. We can only thank Calcagno, Vernon, and Lofts for making us think -- perhaps it is not music but television that calls forth a people to come and a land to come.