Art Is What Resists, Even If It Is Not the Only Thing That Resists

Lecture by Raymond Bellour
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 4:00pm

Bellour takes up the famous sentence by Gilles Deleuze, which unites “the work of art” and “the struggles of men” in the act of resistance. Strangely, philosophy is not included in this destiny of resistance, even though it serves both art and the struggles of men by making thought about them possible. Deleuze also quotes Malraux, who said, “art is the only thing that resists death”; again, art does what philosophy does not. Bellour attempts not to lighten, but at least to define the uncertain relationship between art and philosophy, for the good of both.

Raymond Bellour, critic and theorist of literature and film, is the Critical Inquiry Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring 2016. He is the Director of Research Emeritus at the CNRS (Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in Paris. He is the author of, among others, The Analysis of Film (1979) and Le Corps du cinéma (2009), and the co-founder of the French film journal Trafic.

Co-sponsored by Critical Inquiry, the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the Film Studies Center.