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Deleuze and Guattari Go East! Deterritorialising 'Eastern European' | 'Asian Art'
Wednesday, 07/July/2021:
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Session Chair: Radek Przedpelski
Session Topics:
D&G Go East! Deterritorialising ‘Eastern European’ | ‘Asian Art’

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2:00pm - 2:30pm

Steppe Cosmotechnics. Art as Animist Engineering of Forces in Polish Neo-Avant-Gardes

Radek Przedpelski

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

The presentation makes a tactical alliance with the Deleuzoguattarian formulation of machinic phylum as bound up with nomad Eurasian early Iron Age metallurgy in order to approach a strand of Polish neo-avant-garde practices of the 1970s. Such an operation seeks to dismantle ideological and national frameworks of approaching art by drawing attention to its mobile world of generative multiplicities. In this respect, I would like to put forward an understanding of the Polish neo-avant-gardes that goes beyond the facile opposition between Modernism and Conceptualism, as well as (dematerialised) object and (materialised) thought. Such 'steppe cosmotechnics' stages a dialogue the current revision of Simondon by art philosopher Yuk Hui, Guattari's machinic animism as well as understudied art critics and historians associated with the neo-avant-gardes of the 1970s such as Jerzy Ludwiński and Monika Szwajewska.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Deleuze, Guattari and Psychoanalysis: an East-Europena Case of Subverting Art Practices

Eva D. Bahovec

Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Although Freud has an important place in Difference and repetition, it was actually the Logic of Sense where a conceptually concise integration of psychoanalysis took place, without losing Deleuze's major emphasis on difference, multiplicity and becoming. Such an elaboration of philosophy through psychoanalysis reached its climax with Deleuze's and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus, considered as a theoretical account on the ’68 movement, and a shift from the subject to practice of 'permanent revolution and permanent transference'. Most interestingly, this also meant bringing together of Marx and Freud, a major inspiration of French theory, and the one which also marked the beginning of the Ljubljana Lacanian School. The paper presents an overview of the topic in Deleuze and Guattari, and a comparison with the related developments in Yugoslavia and Slovenia. In this context, two major breaks in artistic expression are put into the forefront: the subversive art practices of punk, Laibach, Irwin etc. of the socialist times, and the present-day art practices of the Ljubljana City of Women Festival, the Wom@rt project of the Maribor Art Gallery etc. The conclusion is made that these comparisons help us explain why the feminist art practice could brought about a considerable deteritorialization of Žižek's 'unifinished Copernican Revolution', and how it actually affects the very core of the 'philosophy through psychoanalysis' image of thought.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Can music become traumatized? Polish and Lithuanian musical culture during the transformations of political systems in the 1980s

Iwona Sowinska-Fruhtrunk

Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland

Poland and Lithuania at the end of the Cold War and in the period of the post-communist transformation may serve as a case study for the theorization of both musical and political territories understood in Gilles Deleuze’s and Félix Guattari’s terms. As the basis of comparative approach, a little-studied field of two neighbour countries’ cultures has been chosen: the concept of deterritorialization and reterritorialization of ideas as well as Cathrine Malabou’s notion of destructive plasticity versus constructive plasticity, that occurred in musical cultures since late 1970s. This paper’s aim is to investigate the contribution of Polish and Lithuanian music to political and cultural independence before and after 1989 and to gain insight into ‘if’ and ‘how’ music can become traumatized. Could socio-political transformations (e.g. the emergence of ‘Solidarność’ and ‘Samizdat’) and oppositional networking influence music itself and its transnational understanding in terms of plasticity? To address the chosen topic, this proposal has an ambition to provide a space for deep engagements in music and its various contexts overcoming a simplified understanding of music practices as a reflection of social structures and political processes. This perspective may enlarge the definition and contextualization of the transformative power of the politically and socially engaged music, contributing to the deeper understanding of social and cultural meaning of music as well as of territorial migrations of ideas and their impact on social and political change.

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