A Deleuze and Guattari Conference on Philosophy, Arts and Politics

Santral Istanbul (provided by Istanbul Bilgi University), April 22-24, 2010.

The function of philosophy is to create concepts ... Creating isn't communicating but resisting ... Creation takes place in choked passages.
G. Deleuze

Resonance as a nomadic concept in the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari still throws light and shades to our understanding of the problematical relationship between philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis and arts on the one hand, and the spectacle or the specular on the other. What kind of a concept is resonance? Can it be theorised or should it simply be left untheorised? What are its implications for the concept of a concept? What are the conditions of its distribution in the work of Deleuze and Guattari? If philosophy can deviate the thought from the rule of the specular, as was attempted by the Situationists, "resonance" - as it appears basically in The Logic of Sense - is perhaps already offering a non-relational relationship between various pairs or binaries which, especially in recent history and in the history of philosophy have fettered thought to a sedentary regression. If the spectacle cannot be maintained as such unless under certain philosophical, historical, cultural and geographical conditions, what would be the role of resonance in opening up new paths towards deterritorialisations particularly under the light of an elusive concept of "resonance" on a plane of continuous flight?

This conference is therefore an invitation to philosophers, theorists and artists to reconsider the concept of resonance in the work of Deleuze and Guattari and also to see its implications for a renewal of various theories on sex, gender, identity, politics, history, literature, science, topology, religion, visual arts, music, sound, media and performance. Under what conditions does thought become specular and can thought be forced to a maddening resonance so as to drive the critique of specular towards, say, a "somnambulist" phase where the undecidable is what lies between one's eyelids.

Such a reconsideration of "resonance" requires without doubt deterritorialisations of not only Deleuze and Guattari's, but also thought's relation to the philosophies of Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Tarde, Bergson and Freud. A scrutinisation of such relationships will not only reformulate the present theories but hopefully will put forward new ones.


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Convener: Zafer Aracagök
Dept of Graphic Design
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Bilkent University
06800 Bilkent, Ankara - Turkey
Tel: +90 312 290 32 50

Tugba Ayas, Firat Berksun, Irem Cagil, Emre Koyuncu, P. Burcu Yalim

Confirmed plenaries:
Arkady Plotnitsky, Claire Colebrook, Gary Genosko, Mahmut Mutman.