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Filming a New Earth : Ecopolitical Imagination in Cinema and Deleuze's Geophilosophy of Utopia

Eriksson, Jonnie

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This paper explores the concept of utopia in Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy and its significance for cinema, placing his and Félix Guattari’s “geophilosophy” in the context of posthumanist ecocriticism. It relocates the notion of utopia from out of a paradigm of political fiction and speculations of a possible social progress, towards Deleuze & Guattari’s ideas of a geography and topology of time as conditions for creative thought. Considering the importance of the concepts of becoming and virtuality in this philosophy, a utopian image is no mere speculation or representation, but a force of creation. Deleuze’s notion that philosophers and artists share the task of resisting the present in creatively thinking “a new people” and “a new earth” can be developed to view film as a medium for re-imagining nature, creating a new set of earth-images or geosigns for future thought. 

Nyckelord: Gilles Deleuze; geophilosophy; utopianism; posthumanism; ecocinema

Citera: Eriksson, Jonnie, Filming a New Earth: Ecopolitical Imagination in Cinema and Deleuze's Geophilosophy of Utopia, ACSIS 2017 : Sessions, Panels & Abstracts., s. 7-7, 2017