Art as Abstract Machine
Ontology and Aesthetics in Deleuze and Guattari
Routledge – 2005 – 320 pages
Series: Studies in Philosophy
The aim of this book is to understand what Deleuze and Guattari mean by "art." Stephen Zepke argues that art, in their account, is an ontological term and an ontological practice that results in a new understanding of aesthetics. For Deleuze and Guattari understanding what art "is" means understanding how it works, what it does, how it "becomes," and finally, how it lives. This book illuminates these philosophers' discussion of ontology from the viewpoint of art--and vice versa--in a thorough questioning of aesthetic criteria as they are normally understood.
Stephen Zepke received his PhD in Philosophy from Sydney University.