Images for Housework: Expression, Representation, and the Time of Domestic Labor in Gilles Deleuze's Study of the Cinema
As part of an ongoing series of lectures and public talks at the Dullah Omar Centre for Critical Thought in African Humanities (DOCCTAH) of the CHR, we are pleased to welcome Professor Cesare Casarino for a lecture titled "Images for Housework: Expression, Representation, and the Time of Domestic Labor in Gilles Deleuze's Study of the Cinema"
Cesare Casarino is Chair of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad in Crisis(2002), co-author (with Toni Negri) of In Praise of the Common: A Conversation on Philosophy and Politics (2008), co-editor of the volume of essays Marxism Beyond Marxism (1996), as well as senior editor of the journal Cultural Critique. He has published widely on literature, cinema, and philosophy.
Abstract: This lecture argues that Deleuze’s two-volume study of the cinema—i.e., Cinema 1 and Cinema 2—pivots around two interrelated theses, namely, that cinema is a medium of expression (as opposed to being a medium of representation only), and that cinema is the expression of time. Further, this lecture argues that in articulating these two interrelated theses about the cinema, Deleuze’s study of the cinema constitutes a ‘sequel’ and a re-elaboration of his earlier investigations of Baruch Spinoza's philosophy in Expressionism in Philosophy. Finally, this lecture investigates the crucial role played by the time of domestic labor in Deleuze’s theorization of cinema as medium of expression and as expression of time.
14 July 2015
Dullah Omar Centre for Critical Thought in
African Humanities, College of Cape Town
Auditorium, Kromboom Road, Crawford