Judith Wambacq – What kind of structure defines a rhythm?

Event date: 29 October 2011 
King’s Anatomy Theatre & Museum, 
6th Floor, King’s Building
King’s College London, 
Strand Campus, 
London, WC2R 2LS



Rhythm and Event


Judith Wambacq (Ghent University):
What kind of structure defines a rhythm?

My paper starts with the observation that Gilles Deleuze uses two different notions in the context of temporal structures: refrain (A Thousand Plateaus) and rhythm (cinema-books). At first sight, these notions seem to have contradictory contents: a refrain is always linked with a territory (in the sense that it implies either the construction of a territory or the destruction or transformation of it), whereas a rhythm ideally breaks loose any territorial organization (in the sense that the time-image makes time visible outside of the sensory-motor chain). I will first examine some concrete time-images (such as a scene of Welles’ Citizen Kane and of Resnais’ Muriel ou le temps d’un retour) in order to see if, and to which extent, they are really detached from a sensory-motor chain. Next I will ask if it is theoretically possible to conceive of time outside of an action-reaction structure and outside of a structure in general.

Judith Wambacq works as a doctoral assistent at the Philosophy Faculty at Ghent University, Belgium. Her research mainly focuses on French contemporary philosophy, more particularly, the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (and the links between both). She also translated a book by Bernard Stiegler in Dutch.

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