Drugzed out metaphysics: Deleuze

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When you will have made him a body without organs

then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions

and restored him to his true freedom.

As Louis Wain‘s schizophrenia progressed, his cats lost their everyday appearance and began to show patterns

Deleuze first mentions the phrase in a chapter of The Logic of Sense called “The Schizophrenic and the Little Girl”, which contrasts two distinct and peripheral ways of encountering the world. The Little Girl (whose exemplar is Alice), explores a world of ‘surfaces’: the shifting realm of social appearances and nonsense words which nevertheless seem to function. The Schizophrenic (whose exemplar is Artaud) is by contrast an explorer of ‘depths’, one who rejects the surface entirely and returns instead to the body.

For the Schizophrenic, words collapse, not into nonsense, but into the bodies that produce and hear them. Deleuze refers to “a new dimension of the schizophrenic body, an organism without parts which operates entirely by insufflation, respiration, evaporation and fluid transmission (the superior body or body without organs of Antonin Artaud).” This body is also described as “howling,” speaking a “language without articulation” that has more to do with the primal act of making sound than it does with communicating specific words.


Written by secondcousin

October 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

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