The following essay is the result of an elaboration of a comment Hovey Brock’s (MFA AP15) posted in Steven Henry Madoff’s online course on Interdisciplinary Art. Madoff’s course is based on a book he is writing on interdisciplinary art from Wagner to Marina Abromovic and Rirkrit Tiranjiva. In the course Madoff presents a geneology derived in part form the writings of Deleuze and Guattari and Manuel DeLanda. He also relies heavily on Merlau Ponty in order to describe the primacy of haptic experience in ordering a true interdisciplinary art experience. For this lecture, Madoff asked participants the following question:
Does it make sense to you to talk about this idea of the Body Without Organs in relation to Cézanne and nature? And how do you think the BwO relates to interdisciplinary art?
What follows is Brock’s examination of Madoff’s theory.
Thyrza Nichols Goodeve (AP Faculty)
“Nature”: Cézanne’s way to the BwO
The Louvre is a good book to consult but it must be only an intermediary. The real and immense study to be undertaken is in the manifold picture of nature. (italics added)
- Paul Cézanne, Letter to Emile Bernard dated May 12,1904