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Unknown Bodies

It is Deleuze's project that the philosopher makes philosophy, by creating concepts in the way that an artist or filmmaker makes material modifications, what Deleuze calls "blocks of space-time" or "affects". He admires filmmakers for the way that they think in images, and for the way their images appear to us to think. For Deleuze, the moving image has no inherent meaning, no linguistic system, but by the very fact of its virtual situation of time in time, of space in space, it awakens another thinker in our thought. There is an unknown body. It is not the human body that has an interiority of thought, or the material body of screen, which is outside, but a body between them, a body that is both thinking and screen. Deleuze calls this unknown body a spiritual automaton in the brain made possible by cinema - a new thought in thought. This automaton produces, he says, a nooshock that forces thought to think itself by perceiving thought-like events other than those of the brain, outside, on the screen.

Top:Still from A Short History of the Wheel by Tony Hill (1993)

Bottom: Still from Little Films to Cry To by Breda Beban (2003)

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