The Sixth Annual Lowlands Deleuze Scholarship Conference: A Grin without a Cat

Country: Netherlands

City: Enschede

Abstr. due: 01.02.2017

Dates: 17.05.17 — 18.05.17

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;

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Organizers: AKI academy of Art and Design, ArtEZ University of the Arts


“When you work, you are necessarily in absolute solitude. You cannot have disciples, or be part of a school. The only work is moonlighting and is clandestine. But it is an extremely populous solitude. Populated not with dreams, phantasms or plans, but with encounters. An encounter is perhaps the same thing as a becoming, or nuptials. It is from the depth of this solitude that you can make any encounter whatsoever. You encounter people (and sometimes without knowing them or ever having seen them) but also movements, ideas, events, entities. All these things have proper names, but the proper name does not designate a person or a subject. It designates an effect, a zigzag, something which passes or happens between two as though under a potential difference.”[1][1] Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet, Dialogues, trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam (New York: Columbia University Press, 1987), 6.

This is not a course on Deleuze’s philosophy but rather how to think with Deleuze. You will not be taught yet another system what to think and know. If you are looking for yet another tool to master knowledge, these events will disappoint you. Deleuze’s apprenticeship that precedes the Annual National Deleuze Conference “The Grin Without a Cat” (May 17-18 2017 AKI) is to show you the ways to unlearn, unfamiliar whit what you think doing and do thinking, but not in order to find the one “true” way. Populated by encounters, we will learn together the path of multiple connections, uncomfortable lines of what drives thinking and creativity. We will slowly learn how to equip ourselves with minor glossaries, Deleuze’s ways of expression.  In this way, by following the path of the dark precursor that zigzags within the chaos of labyrinth, we will encounter the futurity, of those yet to come. This will be the path not of friendship, since we do not have to agree, we do not have to conform to the given ideas. Rather, we will follow the way of short alliances, risky relations and temporary joys. This is the apprenticeship of Deleuze, that we are to encounter.

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