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Performance as the Distribution of Life: From Aeschylus to Chekhov to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari

Andrew Murphie

in Deleuze and Performance

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748635030
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652587 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635030.003.0012
Performance as the Distribution of Life: From Aeschylus to Chekhov to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari

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This chapter aims to establish the relation between contemporary VJing and the works of Anton Chekhov and Aeschylus through the philosophical thoughts of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. It examines the way in which theatre and performance can incline themselves towards a wider distribution of difference in life and argues that the VJing event is a democratising performance-form that engages in combat with the normative configurations of image-culture. It argues that it is more important to evaluate the role of performance in directly adding to, or diminishing, life as lived than to evaluate it in terms of the success or failure of its representation of life.

Keywords: VJing; Anton Chekhov; Aeschylus; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; theatre; performance; image-culture; life

Chapter.  8050 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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