What did Deleuze and Guattari actually say about art and artists? And
what can one do with Deleuze and Guattari in relation to art and artists?
The second question is conditioned by the first, but not determined by it.
There is considerable scope for invention and reinvention in Deleuze and
Guattari's thought. They never demanded slavish adherence. This book is
not an exercise in trying to discern the masters' words more clearly so as
to obey them more fully. But having said that, if we don't at least make the
attempt to be precise in our understanding of what their arguments were,
then it cannot be said that what we're doing is in any meaningful sense
Deleuze-and-Guattarian. This is an old conundrum, but for us it takes on
fresh urgency with this project because what we want to do is complete (or
at least take further) what it is useful to see as an incomplete project, namely