Aims and Objectives / Questions
Difference is not diversity, Diversity is given but difference is that by which the given is given.
Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition
Throughout my practice, both in terms of the drawing act itself as well as the emotional and philosophical context within which it is carried out, the work of Gilles Deleuze has been extraordinarily influential. This particular project constitutes an exploration through contemporary practice using drawing as a tool towards understanding and interpreting the complexities of my relationship with the so-called ‘giant’ of French Philosophy. Far from merely creating a form of visual explication, I am attempting here, over the course of reading and interpreting a particular seminal text, to put Deleuzean theory to ‘use’ through practice, and in doing so literally ‘draw out’ Deleuze in a manner that produces a visually coherent extrapolation from the text.
The book that provides the point of departure for Drawing out Deleuze is Difference and Repetition, arguably his most important and original work and regarded as a ‘classic’ of recent European philosophy. It was originally published in 1968 under the title Différence et Répétition (and translated into English by Paul Patton in 1994) as a profound critique of representation and a proposal for a new image of thought it provides the ideal theoretical basis for an investigation through drawing practice, which in itself will constitute an alternative way of engaging with Deleuzean theory. As Protevi notes,
By freeing the thought of difference from the demands of representation, Deleuze wants to articulate a “philosophy of difference.”
Drawing Out Deleuze is intended to evolve over a two year period and will follow two main trajectories:
Both trajectories will generate drawings that refer and relate to each individual chapter of Difference and Repetition, (and, increasingly, to each other) and these drawings will be shared on the TRACEY | project space at regular intervals throughout the two year period. With each set of drawings there will be expository notes in the form of a ‘blog’, which further documents to evolution of the project.