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Deleuze and Contemporary Art$
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Stephen Zepke and Simon O'Sullivan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638376

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638376.001.0001

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A Shift Towards the Unnameable

A Shift Towards the Unnameable

Chapter:
(p.34) Chapter 2 A Shift Towards the Unnameable
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Deleuze and Contemporary Art
Author(s):

Suely Rolnik

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638376.003.0003

This chapter analyses Cildo Meireles' installation Red Shift, where the diffuse and omnipresent experience of oppression becomes visible and/or audible in an environment where the brutality of state terrorism provokes the reaction of a voluntary blindness, deafness and dumbness, as a matter of survival. It argues that this work shows how the affective event of oppression makes politics and poetics absolutely inseparable within the precise formation of one single gesture and in the intensive diagram of its inflammatory potential. This makes the installation consistent with Gilles Deleuze's assertion that there is no other aesthetic problem than that of the insertion of art into everyday life.

Keywords:   Cildo Meireles, Red Shift, installation, oppression, brutality, state terrorism, politics, poetics, Gilles Deleuze

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