The Sensible Stage : An encounter with bodies, images and other sensate materials

Crone, Bridget. 2013. The Sensible Stage : An encounter with bodies, images and other sensate materials. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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The thesis unfolds around the twin dynamics suggested by its title. “Sensible” refers to the bodily operations at the heart of Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical project. “Stage” evokes the delineation inherent in Alain Badiou’s reference to the mathematical or “stellar” paradigm of sets as well as his writings on theatre. It is in this way that the thesis attempts to think the matheme and patheme together as vertical (and therefore striated) and horizontal (and so, smooth) movements. This is what the sensible stage offers to us: on the one hand, a thinking through an encounter with bodies in the face of the void, and on the other, the movements of bodies as gaseous image-material.

We will begin with the problem of horizontality as a flat ontology that is not only bodily but also machinic, so that we find ourselves suspended in a delirium of images and bodies. Here, the vitalist paradigm of “becoming animal” is replaced with a state of delirious suspension in which the continuous production or becoming of bodies and images results in their stasis or suspension.

We will then turn to the bounded space of the stage, which we will explore through the concepts of time and encounter. The stage produces time that is discontinuous, and realised in layers, regions, platforms, stages rather than the continuous movement and experience of bodies. Thinking about time, in this way, produces a discontinuity and a separation: a gesture that moves us outside of the horizontal.

The Sensible Stage addresses a range of contemporary art works in the fields of moving image and contemporary art performance in order to consider the way in which the acts of staging, projection and encounter produce bodies (or images or image-bodies) that are differentiated from the field of accelerated circuits, gaseous and undifferentiated materials…

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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Visual Cultures



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27 Jan 2014 14:40

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08 Sep 2022 08:56


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