Painting and the Question of Concepts

Listed in Series/Dataset publication by group The Deleuze Seminars

By Gilles Deleuze

“Painting and the Question of Concepts" was an 8 lecture seminar given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8 from late March to early June of 1981.

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The Deleuze Seminars is a collection of audio recordings, transcriptions, and English translations of, and supplemental materials from, the lectures French philosopher Gilles Deleuze gave during his career at the University of Paris 8.

In the “Painting and the Question of Concepts” seminar, Deleuze critiques aesthetic theories which treat art as ‘representation’, presenting instead his own aesthetic concepts. Many of the concepts and works of art discussed herein also appear in Deleuze’s book Francis Bacon-Logique de la sensation (Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation), published the same year as this seminar was given, making “Painting and the Question of Concepts” an important companion to Deleuze’s book.

This seminar consists of 8 lectures given from late March to early June of 1981. Each lecture has been published as an individual dataset consisting of mp3 audio files of the recorded lecture, including an aggregate mp3 of the entire lecture, and a French transcription of the recordings available as both pdf and plain text files.

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Les Séminaires de Deleuze sont une collection d'enregistrements audio, de transcriptions et de traductions en anglais et de documents complémentaires des conférences que le philosophe français Gilles Deleuze a donné lors de sa carrière à l'Université de Paris 8.

Dans le séminaire «La peinture et la question des concepts», Deleuze critique les théories esthétiques qui traitent l'art comme «représentation», présentant ses propres concepts esthétiques. Beaucoup de concepts et d'œuvres d'art discutés ici apparaissent aussi dans le livre de Deleuze Francis Bacon-Logique de la sensation, publié la même année que ce séminaire, faisant de «La peinture et la question des concepts» un compagnon important du livre de Deleuze.

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This research has been generously supported through a grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

The description of this dataset is based on the meticulous work of Frédéric Astier, whose Les cours enregistrés de Gilles Deleuze, 1979-1987 has catalogued Deleuze’s seminars for those years.

Special thanks to the family of Gilles Deleuze and the University of Paris 8 for permission to reproduce the material published here.

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