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

Éric Alliez

conference: DARE 2015: the dark precursor
date: June 9, 2017
venue: Sphinx Cinema
format: keynote
practice: image
keywords: aesthetic regime, aesthetics, contemporary art, diagram

abstract video about the author(s)


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.


about the author(s)

Éric Alliez

Éric Alliez (born 1957) is Professor Of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University and at the University of Paris 8. His books include The Guattari Effect (2011), Capitalism and Schizophrenia and Consensus: Of Relational Aesthetics (2010), L’œil-cerveau (2007), La Pensée-Matisse (2005), The Signature of the World (2005), and Capital Times (preface by Gilles Deleuze, 1997) and Undoing the Image: Of Contemporary Art, vol. 1, Body Without Organs, Body Without Image, with Jean-Claude Bonne. Translated by Robin Mackay (Falmouth: Urbanomic, 2017).

info & contact


Kingston University, UK, and University of Paris 8, FR


E.Alliez [AT] kingston.ac.uk