The Process That Is the World: Cage/Deleuze/Events/Performances

The Process That Is the World: Cage/Deleuze/Events/Performances

by Joe Panzner


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The Process That Is the World: Cage/Deleuze/Events/Performances by Joe Panzner

The Process That Is the World grapples with John Cage not just as a composer, but as a philosopher advocating for an ontology of difference in keeping with the kind posited by Gilles Deleuze. Cage's philosophy is not simply a novel method for composition, but an extensive argument about the nature of reality itself, the construction of subjects within that reality, and the manner in which subjectivity and a self-creative world exist in productive tension with one another. Over the course of the study, these themes are developed in the realms of the ontology of a musical work, performance practices, ethics, and eventually a study of Cagean politics and the connection between aesthetic experience and the generation of new forms of collective becoming-together. The vision of Cage that emerges through this study is not simply that of the maverick composer or the “inventor of genius,” but of a thinker and artist responding to insights about the world-as-process as it extends through the philosophical, artistic, and ethical registers: the world as potential for variance, reinvention, and permanent revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501334283
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joe Panzner is a lecturer in Music History at the Ohio State University and Capital University, USA.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: “The Process That Is The World” (Introduction)

Chapter Two: “It Is Not, It Becomes” (Works)

Chapter Three: “A Mistake Is Beside the Point” (Ethics)

Chapter Four: “Happy New Ears!” (Encounters)

Chapter Five: “Through Many a Perilous Situation” (Performances)

Chapter Six: “To Inhabit the World” (Politics)



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