2nd International Conference on Deleuze & Artistic Research

Call for Proposals

The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and its resonating discourses have become increasingly relevant to the field of Artistic Research, and Deleuze is now a key reference for many artist-researchers engaging with knowledge across artistic, academic and non-academic fields of practice. DARE 2015: The Dark Precursor was the first conference attempting to trace the encounter between artistic research and Deleuze’s world. The Second International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research, DARE 2017: Aberrant Nuptials, continues that mapping, readdressing the question ‘How can communication occur between heterogeneous systems?’ focussing on the nnotions of ‘aberrant nuptials’ and ‘zone of indeterminacy’.

The conference title (mis)quotes Deleuze’s celebrated passage of the wasp and the orchid to suggest that the relation between art and research might be that of a double-capture, of which Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo e Dafne is (mis)appropriated as allegory. ‘Becomings are not phenomena of imitation or assimilation, but of a double capture, of non-parallel evolution, of nuptials between two reigns. Nuptials are always against nature. Nuptials are the opposite of a couple.’ (Dialogues II, p. 3).

‘Zone of indeterminacy’ finds similar formulations in Difference and Repetition and Logic of Sense, but only in the plateau ‘Postulates of Linguistics’ is the concept fully developed, particularly in relation to music, to the idea of continuous variation, and to all those secret languages which are better defined as ‘chromatic languages’: ‘This is what we are getting at: a generalized chromaticism. Placing elements of any nature in continuous variation is an operation that will perhaps give rise to new distinctions, but takes none as final and has none in advance. (A Thousand Plateaus, p. 97). Thus, ‘zone of indeterminacy’ relates to the action of bringing together two heterogeneous systems and to pair them, either by linking them physically in an actual event or virtually, as a productive diagram.

DARE 2017 invites artists, composers, scholars and all artist-researchers not to interpret or critique Deleuze and his world, but to appropriate and challenge it within Artistic Research, problematizing it through artistic practices and for concrete acts of creation. The conference welcomes both artistic presentations and scholarly papers, giving special attention to artistic research in music. Proposals will be selected by the conference Editorial Board in a two-stage peer-review.

First Stage: Proposal Review

What to submit:

·      Author(s) name, affiliation (if applicable), contact email address

·      5 keywords

·      Title of the presentation

·      500 words abstract written in English

·      Short list of references (optional)

·      Links to supporting image, audio and video files (optional)

·      100 words bio written in English, list of publications/exhibitions/performances

·      publishable email address, personal website (optional)

How to submit:

Please, email your proposal directly to the Conference Coordinator:

Paolo Giudici <paolo.giudici@orpheusinstituut.be>.

All submissions will be acknowledged.

Deadline for submission: Sunday, 5 February 2017


Possible outcomes of the proposal review:

·      either accepted to present at the conference

·      or not accepted

Notification of results: Monday, 6 March 2017

Second Stage: Paper Review

What to submit:

·      Scholarly presentations. Accepted authors should provide the full text of their conference paper (max. 3000 words) and the files of their audiovisual presentation (if applicable). The texts will be circulated among the moderators and participants of each panel in advance of the conference, so as to allow panellists to prepare the discussion.

·      Artistic presentations. Accepted authors of artistic presentations should provide the full technical rider of their exhibition, performance or screening together with all related materials (video, audio, musical scores, etc.).

How to submit:

Please email your proposal directly to the Conference Coordinator:

Paolo Giudici <paolo.giudici@orpheusinstituut.be>

All submissions will be acknowledged.

Deadline for submission: Monday, 5 June 2017


Possible outcomes of the presentation review:

·      either accepted for presentation at the conference with minor revisions

·      or accepted for presentation at the conference without revisions

In addition, the Editors will recommend twelve accepted presentations to be published after the conference in a specially edited book.

Notification of results: Monday, 30 October 2017 (EXTENDED).