philosophy

Dark Deleuze
Jul
18
7:30 pm19:30

Dark Deleuze

Join us on July 18th as we conclude our Fortnights: Deleuze reading group with a discussion of Andrew Culp's Dark Deleuze.

Though Gilles Deleuze is known as a thinker of creation, joyous affirmation, and rhizomatic assemblages, in this short book, Andrew Culp argues that this once-radical canon of joy has lost its resistance to the present. Concepts created to defeat capitalism have been recycled into business mantras that joyously affirm “Power is vertical; potential is horizontal!”  Culp recovers Deleuze’s forgotten negativity. He unsettles the prevailing interpretation through an underground network of references to conspiracy, cruelty, the terror of the outside, and the shame of being human. Ultimately, he rekindles opposition to what is intolerable about this world.

This short book (90 pages) stands alone, so it is not necessary to have attended any previous sessions to enjoy this one.

Fortnights: Reading Rhizome
Jan
25
7:30 pm19:30

Fortnights: Reading Rhizome

FORTNIGHTS - Rhizome's communal learning series is untaught and unled. Our discussion/action groups are an opportunity for people to learn about a topic by reading, discussing, and then experimenting with the ideas that grow out of our discussions.

We propose "Reading Rhizome" in order to explore the ideas of Gilles Deleuze, who was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, and whose writings seem increasingly relevant today.

We'll begin with a short introductory session where we'll discuss Deleuze's overall philosophical project and some key concepts such as Multiplicity, Assemblages, the Body without Organs, Nomadic Space, etc. We will also view selections from 'Deleuze's Abecedaire', an interview-film produced near the end of his life.

In subsequent sessions we will read and discuss several short works such as The Rhizome (the introductory chapter of Deleuze & Guattari's 'A Thousand Plateaus'), Deleuze's 'Postscript on Societies of Control', and other works as chosen by the group. We will also discuss how Deleuze's affirmative philosophy of difference & emphasis on 'becoming other' may point the way to new modes of interacting outside existing social structures & organizations.

 

The Critique of the Spectacle in Art History - Lecture/Discussion
Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

The Critique of the Spectacle in Art History - Lecture/Discussion

Ever since there has been spectacle there have been those critical of it, who believe that it turns audiences into passive consumers who are unable to think for themselves. Plato famously illustrated this position in his Allegory of the Cave. Many artists and movements have sought to explode the spectacle in an attempt to rouse the audience from their somnambulistic trance, transforming them into more active participants in the world. We will look at several examples from art history, spanning from Heironymous Bosch's 1502 painting, The Conjurer, to contemporary art, investigating how as spectacle and media evolve over time, so does the critique and resistance. We'll also critique the critique; analyzing the ideology, tactics, and effectiveness of different works and movements

Deleuze, Nomadic Thought, & the Shamanic Drum
May
13
8:00 pm20:00

Deleuze, Nomadic Thought, & the Shamanic Drum

What can we learn about the drum used by nomadic peoples tens of thousands of years ago? What does the drum have to teach us today?  Join us for a philosophical journey in search of the meaning of the shamanic drum. Along the way we will encounter Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, whose nomadic thought opened up new ways of thinking about the world around us. With their help, we may learn how the drum not only serves as a window into another culture but also acts as a mirror that reflects our own. Following the discussion will be a music performance with Larry Gomez on percussion accompanied by Ted Zook of the group Lost Civilizations.