Art and Schizo Society

Deleuze and Guattari’s theory of art is surprisingly asocial—it treats creativity almost as an instinct, as something that people possess as an innate capacity. But even if this were true, it would tell us nothing about the way creativity is expressed. There is a need, I think, to situate Deleuze and Guattari’s work on art within the context of their work on culture and society and think more clearly about the relationship between the two. In this paper I will explore Deleuze and Guattari’s hypothesis that we live in a schizo society and examine its implications for thinking about art in the twenty-first century.

On Contemporary Philosophy and Art: Towards a Diagrammatic Critique of Aesthetics

It is less a matter of trying to produce a philosophy of contemporary art than of maintaining a position in-between Art and Philosophy so as to introduce an oscillation between them, a new pulsation passing between contemporary art and contemporary philosophy. We will seek to show how the diagram, in the form of a diagrammatic thought, can be mobilised as the probe-head of a contemporary art, the concept of which it helps to construct by distinguishing it from the aesthetic regime of art and the formal analysis that subtends its all too generic constitutive indetermination.