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Geoartistry: Invoking the Postanthropocene via Other-Than-Human Art

  • David Fancy
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Abstract

This chapter proposes the term ‘geoartistry’ to help extend and elaborate on Deleuze and Guattari’s insights into other-than-human artistic expression. Indeed, when we describe a landscape, an insect or a flower as ‘beautiful’, such statements usually carry with them the understanding that the entities in question bear a ‘natural’ beauty unmarked by human intention and are therefore not typically understood to embody ‘artistic’ kinds of beauty. Deleuze and Guattari, however, invite an exploration of the artistic capacities of other-than-human entities when they suggest in their early collaboration, A Thousand Plateaus (A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1987), that ‘Messiaen is right in saying that many birds are not only virtuosos but artists’ (316–317) given these creatures’ demonstrated capacity for activities such as the expression of varying territorial songs or the construction of complex dwellings.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fancy
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  1. 1.Department of Dramatic ArtsBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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