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Deleuze and Performance$
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Laura Cull

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635030

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635030.001.0001

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Performance as the Distribution of Life: From Aeschylus to Chekhov to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari

Performance as the Distribution of Life: From Aeschylus to Chekhov to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari

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(p.221) Chapter 12 Performance as the Distribution of Life: From Aeschylus to Chekhov to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari
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Deleuze and Performance
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Andrew Murphie

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635030.003.0012

This chapter aims to establish the relation between contemporary VJing and the works of Anton Chekhov and Aeschylus through the philosophical thoughts of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. It examines the way in which theatre and performance can incline themselves towards a wider distribution of difference in life and argues that the VJing event is a democratising performance-form that engages in combat with the normative configurations of image-culture. It argues that it is more important to evaluate the role of performance in directly adding to, or diminishing, life as lived than to evaluate it in terms of the success or failure of its representation of life.

Keywords:   VJing, Anton Chekhov, Aeschylus, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, theatre, performance, image-culture, life

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