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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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An Art Scene as Big as the Ritz: The Logic of Scenes

An Art Scene as Big as the Ritz: The Logic of Scenes

(p.157) Chapter 9 An Art Scene as Big as the Ritz: The Logic of Scenes
Deleuze and Contemporary Art

David Burrows

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses Gilles Deleuze's Foucault to explore the seeable and the sayable of the art world's logic of scenes, arguing that art scenes in general should be understood as diagrammatic, as movements producing mutant statements, and as a basis for a praxis of art and life. It suggests that a scene is defined less by its size than by the durational quality of its affective and intensive encounters, and that it is Deleuze's impersonal, biopolitical orientation which illuminates the potential art scenes.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, Foucault, art world, art scenes, mutant statements, affective encounters, biopolitical orientation

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