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A Thousand Failures and a Thousand Inventions: Towards a Method for Performance Philosophy

  • Daniel Koczy
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Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)

Abstract

This chapter asks how Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy? helps thought respond to Beckett’s non-relational aesthetics, developing a method for research in Performance Philosophy. Deleuze and Guattari conceive of art and philosophy as struggling against chaos and opinion. Approaching artworks as autonomous composites of sensation, they ask us to forgo questions of interpretation or meaning in favour of trying to diagnose our becomings with artworks. Approaching philosophy as an ongoing struggle to think with immanence and as the invention of concepts, they also argue that philosophy can renew itself through this effort. Bringing these ideas into contact with Beckett’s aesthetics, this chapter proposes a new method for research undertaken at the borders of performance and philosophy, oriented around dynamics of failure and invention.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Koczy
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  1. 1.Newcastle upon TyneUK

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