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By Brian Massumi

A surprise to idea brings jointly essays that discover Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of expression in a few modern contexts. it will likely be of curiosity to all these in philosophy, cultural experiences and paintings concept. the quantity additionally comprises an interview with Guattari which sincerely restates the 'aesthetic paradigm' that organizes either his and Deleuze's paintings.

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Nonetheless the topic of beauty continues to come up, both in everyday discourse (when we find some work of art – though probably not nature – beautiful) and in the overt strategy of many postmodern works. 8 Consider, for instance, Prince’s underappreciated 1986 film, Under the Cherry Moon. This film is beautiful, and not sublime. This is a high-society world, and it is lily-white. The ‘butterscotch’ Prince and his ‘chocolate’ sidekick Jerome Benton are almost the only people of colour around. As if to underscore this, the film is shot in sumptuous black and white.

There is nothing, actually, in thought as such with which to conform or xxxi BRIAN MASSUMI correspond. The wrackings of the thinking body mimic the excess of potential it hosts. The mimickry is not of any form, but of the process of formation itself, its actual products aside. It is a performance of the ontogenetic force of the process as such. That forced movement overspills the particular body. The body’s mimickry of the event makes it a lived ‘analogy’ of it, not in the sense that it in any way resembles it, but in the sense that it really (not truly) repeats its operations (of transformation).

The postmodern sublime, he writes, ‘would be that which in the modern invokes the unpresentable in presentation itself, that which refuses the consolation of correct forms, refuses the consensus of taste permitting a common experience of nostalgia for the impossible, and inquires into new presentations – not to take pleasure in them, but to better produce the feeling that there is something unpresentable’. 4 The Sublime in Kant is a double movement: a rupture followed by a higher recuperation. The breakdown of the imagination in the sublime can be compared to Bataille’s notion of expenditure without return.

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