Schizoproduction: Artistic Research and Performance in the Context of Immanent Capitalism 

Tero Nauha

Theatre Academy of The University of The Arts Helsinki


Summary of the dissertation

In the written part of my doctoral dissertation I am presenting the artistic works and set them in a larger context, which I have entitled immanent capitalism. This is an artistic research, where the art works, their processes or workshops produce knowledge, which will not be fully translatable to a written form. The artworks are performances, live-art projects and works on video. In the presentation of the context I am presenting the transformation that has taken place starting from the industrialism and modernism, and which have recently been incorporated with new forms of labour and economy. These forms are often referred as cognitive capitalism, affective labour, post-fordism and neoliberal market economy. I am presenting this context in relation with artistic practice and such concepts or phenomena as trauma, relationality, affect and neuroplasticity. The starting point and the hub of my research is schizoanalysis, which was developed by Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Jean Oury. In my research I am regarding schizoanalysis in relation with economy, artistic practice and the paradigmatic change of forms of labour. In the end of the written part I reflect artistic practice and the artistic works with in relation to immanent capitalism. I present a critique toward the presumed hegemony of capitalism from the point of view of artistic research and I am giving an argument counter to the philosophical assertions of schizoanalysis. In this way, my intention is to produce models for thinking and practice, where artistic practice and research may adhere a function of a critical tool against the presumed immanence of capitalism. 

The public defence will be on the January 29, 2016, at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki.

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