Difference and Repetition (Video)

This approach is very Deleuzian in its ambition. I’m not sure to what extent the ‘performative’ approach does the text justice or aids its comprehension. I might try the same method with some mesmeric Bach as an accompaniment. Bodies WITH organs. Please do listen the Vimeo clip though.

Julian Gill-Peterson

This performance flows from a collective reading group in which Chrissy Nadler and I, bit by bit, read Gilles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition. Originally performed at the 2014 Cultural Studies Association annual meeting, it has since been converted to a digital project. Originally his doctoral thesis, but not published for 15 years, Difference and Repetition is often described as Deleuze’s most “traditional” philosophical monograph. Divided into six chapters, it systematically seeks to reframe the philosophy of difference while also providing a counter-genealogy of difference no longer subordinated to “the fours iron collars of” representation: identity in the concept, opposition in the predicate, analogy in judgement and resemblance in perception.

Still, we found in reading it much more than a slow and methodical reconstruction of philosophy and ontology. With that in mind, we want to offer a performative reassembly of Difference and Repetition. Our piece aims to utilize our bodies…

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