"Blau"—Longing and the Repetitions of (Deleuzian) Becoming

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  • Title: "Blau"—Longing and the Repetitions of (Deleuzian) Becoming
  • Author(s): Andrea Thoma
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Image
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Image
  • Keywords: Fold, Multiplicity, Place
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2154-8560 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8579 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8560/CGP/v08i01/39-49
  • Citation: Thoma, Andrea. 2016. ""Blau"—Longing and the Repetitions of (Deleuzian) Becoming." The International Journal of the Image 8 (1): 39-49. doi:10.18848/2154-8560/CGP/v08i01/39-49.
  • Extent: 11 pages


This article explores how Deleuzian and Guattarian concepts, in particular the notion of “becoming” and the scope of multiplicity through a “rhizomatic” development of ideas has offered a way of moving between diverse fine art media (and text) to explore “place in the making”—that is the nomadic place of “non-territorialized” being, involving both new and traditional media. The discussion will focus on a close reading of the author’s video piece “Blau” (2015, 2:43 minutes, looped), considering editing notes and peripheral material whilst referring to Freudian notions of “fort/da” and also Derrida’s idea of “différance” where meaning is always deferred through new contexts. The leitmotif of the film owes to ideas of a longing embrace of Eros and Thanatos. Repetition is used to insist, disrupt, and distort the perception of time-space relations and to aim for a visual/sonic fold juxtaposing seemingly disparate visual scenes, snippets of speech (French, English, and Arabic) encountered within ambient sound, abstract colour, and voice to reflect on the shifting grounds of actuality and virtuality.