Coordinators:Asli Ozgen-Tuncer and Nur Ozgenalp
The aim of this reading group is to theoretically reflect upon the cinema as well as the cinematic through the writings of Gilles Deleuze. We cordially welcome MA students, PhD researchers and other interested scholars whose work deals with classical cinema, avant-garde audio-visual artistic practices, television, new media, film sound, film theory, and philosophy.
Gilles Deleuze wrote two books on cinema, The Movement-Image and The Time-Image. His rich taxonomy of the cinematographic image in these volumes outreaches the confines of pure technics or pure aesthetics. His analysis sheds light on the ontological, epistemological and political meanings of certain image cultures. Very broadly, Deleuze travels from film to philosophy and in his foreword to the Movement-Image, he explicitly equates filmmakers with thinkers. Accordingly, in his analysis, he takes the film as a philosophical system that triggers a new way of thinking, or being in the world.
Yet Deleuze’s film-philosophy extends far beyond his seminal two-volume study. From ‘conceptual personae’ in What is Philosophy? to ‘faciality’ and ‘refrain’ in A Thousand Plateaus, from ‘fold’ in The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque to the ‘image of thought’ in Difference and Repetition, it is possible to find many concepts that may enrich not only our understanding of film but also the ontological, epistemological and political aspects of cinematic aesthetics. With this reading group, we would like to seek such productive encounters.
Participants are welcome to suggest readings to be discussed within the group. However, we strictly would like to reserve the close reading to the texts penned by Deleuze, or Deleuze & Guattari. Other texts (excluding those of explanatory nature) and media may also be added to sessions by participants, wishing to discuss a particular object of their research.
The reading group meets on a monthly basis, each third (or fourth) Thursday of the month. Participation is open to all members of ASCA, and guests are welcome to register. For enrollment, or any questions, please e-mail one of the organizers.
 Gilles Deleuze, The Movement-Image, trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam (London: Continuum, 2005), xii.