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The Revelation of a World that was Always Already There: The Creative Act as an Occupation

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This chapter sees Deleuze’s concept of ‘occupation’ as the greatest power of art. In occupying that which is loved so dearly, great literature, great music, is able to reveal another world. A world that is completely new yet always already there. The power of art is thus about addressing human deafness and human blindness. This is particularly needed in our times in which the economical and ecological crisis, once again confirm our inability to see and to hear our environment. With the work of Deleuze and Guattari in particular, we see that only art, in occupying spaces and times, has the power to realize a ‘wholly otherness’, both materially and mentally. In present times the explorations of the digital gives rise to a new creative activism that reveals a new world to us. Traversing the dualist oppositions between nature and culture, between technology and the earth, between organic and inorganic, between the mind and the body, as they have been classifying our environments for so long, they embody the creative power necessary to realise another earth, another humanity.

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