Participant Review: "Nature": Cézanne's way to the BwO" Hovey Brock (MFA AP 15)

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)

svaparticipants:

“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

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Art Practice faculty  Steven Henry Madoff  and  Jovana Stokic  are the organizers of  “Curating the Curatorial: An International Summit,”  which celebrates the launch of the Masters in Curatorial Studies program at SVA, chaired by Madoff. Art Practice Chair,  David A. Ross  is one of the speakers. The summit takes place on Saturday, November 2nd, and is free and open to the public.  
 Image:  Leong Leong,  Past Futures, Present, Futures  exhibition, The Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. Photo:   Naho Kubota.

Art Practice faculty Steven Henry Madoff and Jovana Stokic are the organizers of “Curating the Curatorial: An International Summit,” which celebrates the launch of the Masters in Curatorial Studies program at SVA, chaired by Madoff. Art Practice Chair, David A. Ross is one of the speakers. The summit takes place on Saturday, November 2nd, and is free and open to the public. 

Image: Leong Leong, Past Futures, Present, Futures exhibition, The Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. Photo: Naho Kubota.

“…universal access to information is actually universal. And not simply static. It’s alive. We can walk through shows, watch videos, look at installations, hear artists and theorists and curators talk about what they’re doing. Universal access means the universal instruction manual in full-motion capture. To make work that speaks the lingua franca of the moment, using inexpensive, amazingly sophisticated tools is here."  
  Steven Madoff  (AP Faculty)  writes for  Modern Painters   about the 55th Venice Biennale. 

“…universal access to information is actually universal. And not simply static. It’s alive. We can walk through shows, watch videos, look at installations, hear artists and theorists and curators talk about what they’re doing. Universal access means the universal instruction manual in full-motion capture. To make work that speaks the lingua franca of the moment, using inexpensive, amazingly sophisticated tools is here." 

Steven Madoff (AP Faculty) writes for Modern Painters about the 55th Venice Biennale.