Dr Jamie Brassett
j.brassett at csm.arts.ac.uk
Wed May 3 02:12:54 PDT 2006
Has anyone else--as well as André, Lesley & Julia--noticed anything
about this list over the last month? If you like to use & re-use D-G
vocabulary, it seems to have been "territorialized."
Is there any chance this little "deleuze and benjamin on violence"
battle can rage in another level, one more personal to the
protagonists? Just a thought...
I came back to this list after about six or seven years away, wondering
what I'd been missing in current D+G thinking: all these years
wondering about design have left me needing some philosophical
injections. But, I must say, I'm disappointed.
I keep half-remembering passages from Bachelard, from his Poetics of
Space I think, wherein he bemoans philosophers' tendencies to condemn
themselves to "living only on the ground floor" & not having
imagination enough to wander through "the word house." Also, under the
pretexts of teaching (or, we could add, being taught) "shut themselves
up in the system of their choice" if only to make for an easier
life...(I'm quoting from memory here, so don't shoot me). Linked to
this I keep hearing, like an ear-worm (the German's call it; the
phrase, or piece of musics that sticks in your mind, unable to be
dislodged), a line from Wordsworth's Ode on the Intimations of
Immortality I think, where "shades of the prison house have closed
around the growing boy." (From memory again....)
Has D+G thinking really become a system? with it's proper vocabulary &
references? it's attitudes & observences? scrubbing about on a ground
floor, dusty with over-use &, frankly, dull. I always liked it when it
was a dance, with flourishes & improvisations, to be sampled &
followed, or drifted away from & dissolved....
Maybe I'll just find a new corner to thrash about in...
Dr Jamie Brassett FRSA
Programme Leader, Contextual Studies for
BA (Hons.) Product Design
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
tel. +44 (0)20 7514 7102
University of the Arts, London
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