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ANNOUNCEMENT | 10th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC)

I will be attending the 10th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC) to be held at Program Pasca Sarjana (postgraduate), ISI YOGYAKARTA, Jl. Suryodiningratan No. 8 Yogyakarta, DIY 55143, Indonesia on July 23-26, 2018. That is this coming week. I will present my paper titled Metaphysics of Long Duration in the Cinema of Lav Diaz.

METAPHYSICS OF LONG DURATION IN THE CINEMA OF LAV DIAZ
Adrian D. Mendizabal, University of the Philippines-Diliman

 

ABSTRACT OF THE PAPER

This paper seeks to problematize the concept of long duration in contemporary phenomenon of slow cinema as exemplified by the cinema of Lav Diaz. The main rationale for this film philosophical research is to categorically assess the metaphysics of long duration as deployed in the Diaz’s cinema as a form of dematerialization and sublimation of cinematic time. In order to demystify the metaphysics of long duration in Diaz’s cinema, this research uses the critical framework of dialectical materialism, as espoused by the praxiological synthesis of Marxism, to enunciate a potential material basis of long duration.

My presentation is tentatively scheduled on the third day. I will be attending the conference with friends, colleagues, previous teachers and fellow academics.

See you in Yogyakarta!

For more details about the conference, you can visit their Webpage or email them at imanda@gmail.com or contact@aseacc.org.

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ANNOUNCEMENT | 6th Deleuze & Guattari Studies in Asia International Conference

6th D&G Conference

I will be attending the 6th Deleuze and Guattari Studies in Asia International Conference to be held in Ateneo De Naga, Naga City, Camarines Sur on July 5-7, 2018. That is this coming week. I will present my paper titled Deleuze, Marx and Cinematic Time: Towards a Temporal/Durational Materialism. 

Deleuze, Marx and Cinematic Time: Towards
a Temporal/Durational Materialism
Adrian D. Mendizabal, University of the Philippine Film Institute, UP Diliman

 

ABSTRACT OF THE PAPER

This paper will attempt to enunciate a provisional concept of temporal/durational materialism emergent from the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (& Felix Guattari), hereby designated as D&G, and Karl Marx. The relation between Marx and D&G is commonly rooted in the two-volume texts of Capitalism and Schizophrenia namely Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. D&G appropriates Marx’s critique of the political economy of capitalism reinventing Marx’s idea of production (i.e. desiring-production, desiring machines, etc.). However, only a few have established the relation between Deleuze’s Cinema 1: Movement-Image and Cinema 2: Time-Image books and Marx’s dialectical and historical materialism (DHM). This paper will attempt provide a working relation between Deleuze’s categorization of cinematic temporality in Cinema 1 and 2 and Marx’s concepts of production and labor time. The paper will also provide arguments on how this key relation provides a rethinking Marx’s DHM materialism as a temporal materialism, which Deleuze and Badiou implicitly adapts in some of their works.

My presentation is tentatively scheduled on the third day. I will be attending the conference with friends, colleagues, previous teachers and fellow academics.

See you in Naga!

For more details about the conference, you can visit their Facebook page or email them at deleuze.in.naga.2018@gmail.com.

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Marx Contra Deleuze: Towards a Materialist Constitution of the Cinematic Sign


This paper was presented during the Marx @ 200 Conference on May 26, 2018 at Malcolm Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman under the Panel on ‘Issues in Marxist Philosophy.’


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Good Afternoon!

I will be presenting a paper titled Marx contra Deleuze: Towards a Materialist Constitution of the Cinematic Sign. As a preliminary study, this paper will not delve into the details and intricacies of Deleuzian philosophy. My main purpose today is to show the general dialectical relationship between Deleuze and Marx. This paper generally argues that different philosophies of cinema must be liquidated and critique for their lack of historicity, attention to material conditions of filmmaking, and complicity to the fetishistic dimension of cinema.

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Discussion Guide

As a guide, my discussion will focus first on the general contradictions in Deleuze’s books on cinema, highlighting perhaps its metaphysics via Bergsonism. After which, we locate Deleuze’s project in the larger discourse on cinema-as-art and raise the stakes as to how Deleuze’s philosophy of cinema conceals a more important layer of cinematic mode of production. From there, we proceed in presenting a dialectical possibility of creating a materialist constitution of the cinematic sign.

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Who is Gilles Deleuze?

Gilles Deleuze is one of the most celebrated French poststructuralist philosophers of the last century along with Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. He has written extensively on the works of philosophers like Nietzsche, Bergson, Hume, Kant; and on art forms like music, painting and cinema. Some of you might know him as the co-author of the book series Capitalism and Schizophrenia, in which, alongside Felix Guattari, they tried to sharpen Marx’s critique of capitalism through a radical re-appropriation of Spinoza, Lacan, Hume, and other philosophers. This resulted to a Deleuzian theory of the multiple, which today is popular among critical discourses in Western arts and humanities.

 

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