On 18 December 2012, Cardiff Philosophy Cafe plays host to Dr Jac Saorsa, Lecturer in Drawing: Fine Art from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

If we observe all forms, especially the organic forms, we find that nothing is permanent, nothing is at rest, nothing concluded, but, on the contrary, that all is in continuous fluctuating movement.
Goethe, The Metamorphosis of Plants

Dr Saorsa writes: “This talk will address the way in which I, as a visual artist and researcher, engage creatively with the conceptual edifice of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and attempt to put his philosophy into practice. Deleuze

Drawing Women's Cancer - Dr Jac Saorsa
Drawing Women's Cancer - Dr Jac Saorsa

provides me with the framework that both supports and challenges my creative ability and integrity, and, in being supported and challenged, I have developed the capacity to challenge in turn. I hold conversations with Deleuze through my work; continuing conversations wherein syntax and meaning ‘de’ and ‘reterritorialise’ as we address the relation between talk and action, between thought and practice. I conceive of ‘process’ as continuous flux.

Through verbalising and reflecting on process I have learned to ‘stammer’ in the Deleuzean ‘vital’ sense of being a foreigner in my own language, and within the perpetuity of process that is characterised in the stammering, the ‘and…and…and…’ I embrace a creative multilingualism in terms of interpenetrative relations between visual language and conventional speech. These relations are inherent and fundamental in my current research, Drawing Women’s Cancer, in which philosophy, art practice, ethnobotany and biomedical science are brought together within an overall ‘narrative’.”

Dr Saorsa recently mounted an exhibition of her work at the Senedd, and blogs at drawingcancer.wordpress.com

As usual, the Cafe begins at 8.00pm. After this session, at 10.00pm, Chris Groves and Glenn Davidson will give a short talk on what will be happening at Cardiff Philosophy Cafe during 2013.

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