New Materialist Pedagogy: A Deleuzo-Bergsonian Image of Thought

Spencer Roberts, Brent Hardy-Smith

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This paper explores themes of image, technology, temporality and becoming in a design-art pedagogical context. It considers Deleuzo-Bergsonian approaches to the concept of ‘image’ in the broadest sense of the term – firstly through an examination of Gilles Deleuze and Henri Bergson’s shared ontological depiction of the world as a matter-flow of images; secondly, through their collective veneration of art and artistic activity as a mode of becoming, and lastly through their respective critiques of representational images of thought. Ultimately, through an applied, comparative philosophical approach, it seeks to examine the significance of a Deleuzo-Bergsonian concept of the latent image from a pedagogical perspective, addressing the teaching of the visual arts in the context of the marketisation of education. As we shall see, Deleuze and Bergson’s conception of the latent-image emphasises both its connective and transformative potentials. As such, it can illuminate questions of disciplinarity, authorship, and the ethics of image creation in interesting ways - suggesting strategies for operating smoothly in increasingly striated educational environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransimage 2018
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Biennial Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2018
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2018
EventInternational Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging: The Latent Image - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 201820 Apr 2018
Conference number: 5 (Link to Conference Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging
Abbreviated titleTransImage 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherA catalyst for debates about sonic images, invisible networks and relationships between intuition and intelligibility, this conference will raise quantitative and qualitative questions important to any discipline predicated on image production.
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