An Art Scene as Big as the Ritz: The Logic of Scenes

David Burrows

in Deleuze and Contemporary Art

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652662 | DOI:
An Art Scene as Big as the Ritz: The Logic of Scenes

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This chapter analyses Gilles Deleuze's Foucault to explore the seeable and the sayable of the art world's logic of scenes, arguing that art scenes in general should be understood as diagrammatic, as movements producing mutant statements, and as a basis for a praxis of art and life. It suggests that a scene is defined less by its size than by the durational quality of its affective and intensive encounters, and that it is Deleuze's impersonal, biopolitical orientation which illuminates the potential art scenes.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; Foucault; art world; art scenes; mutant statements; affective encounters; biopolitical orientation

Chapter.  7231 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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