Professor Elizabeth Grosz addresses the complex relation between Francis Bacon and Gilles Deleuze, who wrote one of the most perceptive and sympathetic books on Bacon’s painting, Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation. Deleuze did not really write on Bacon so much as with him on a question that intrigued both of them, the possibilities we might unearth for perceiving or understanding forces that are normally imperceptible: forces of magnetism, gravity, causality and chance, forces of aging and disintegration.

This Power Lecture was held on 19 October 2012, as part of the Sydney Ideas program and in association with the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition Francis Bacon: Five Decades.



Elizabeth Grosz was born in Sydney, Australia and gained her PhD in Philosophy from the Department of General Philosophy, University of Sydney, where she taught as a lecturer and senior lecturer from 1978 to 1991. She moved to Monash University in Melbourne as Director of the newly formed Institute of Critical and Cultural Studies in 1992, where she was Associate Professor and Professor in Critical Theory and Philosophy. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Davis; Johns Hopkins University; the University of Richmond; George Washington University and the University of California, Irvine. She is now based at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey.