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Author

Ryan Quinn

Date of Award

12-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Philosophy

Supervisor

Diane Enns

Language

English

Abstract

Drawing primarily from the thought of Deleuze and Guattari and employing a certain kind of musical improvisation as its case study, this thesis exposes the phenomenon of an artist without works in order to show the incentive behind conceiving of a becoming-artwork. Having established the connections and divergences necessary to extend Deleuze and Guattari's concept becoming-minoritarian, we proceed to employ terms and standards of life and risk in order to establish how becoming-artwork is best served and most contributes to an affirmation of life. At the same time, this thesis shows how the production of finished works of art can contribute to, rather than compromise or curtail, a becoming-artwork.

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