Listening for a New Body: Thinking Change and Learning Reason with Difference and Repetition and Spinoza: Practical Philosophy

Antonia Pont

conference: DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials
date: November 20, 2017
venue: Orpheus Institute, Auditorium
format: in words
practice: transversal
keywords: Difference and Repetition, Spinoza: Practical Philosophy

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This paper takes up the question of how a change other than “the relentless order of incremental change” might happen by examining it in relation to the notion of habit (after Ravaisson and Grosz) and the question of rhythm and temporal structuration as strategy. Nietzsche’s distinction between leaping and dancing offers us some initial clues, as does Deleuze’s provocations in Difference and Repetition (among other writings). Working from a basis of practice-led research from the laboratory of movement/yoga asana/breathing technologies, assisted by Deleuzian articulations, it will be argued that misconceptions concerning the mechanisms of change may stem from seeking alterations or variations at the level of content. Instead, a “change of another order” primarily concerns operations and rhythms that unfold at registers subtending the regime of representation and its derivative conjurings. If music, scent, and taste, for example, have the power to overtake us, unpin us, and hurl us elsewhere—into the pure form of the future—then it is worth clarifying their capacity to interrupt rhythmic habitudes where we wander enclosed in predictable prosodies, whether at the level of language, embodiment, or thought itself.

about the author(s)

Antonia Pont

Antonia Pont is Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. She publishes poetry, short stories, and theoretical prose.

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Deakin University, Melbourne, AU


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