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affirming molecular revolutions

Stevie Nicks, “Wild Heart” (live demo), 1981

— 11 months ago
"This is, precisely, the task of all art and, from colors and sounds, both music and painting similarly extract new harmonies, new plastic or melodic landscapes, and new rhythmic characters that raise them to the height of the earth’s song and the cry of humanity: that which constitutes tone, health, becoming, a visual and sonorous bloc. A monument does not commemorate or celebrate something that happened but confides to the ear of the future the persistent sensations that embody the event: the constantly renewed suffering of men and women, their recreated protestations, their constantly resumed struggle. Will all this be in vain because suffering is eternal and revolutions do not survive their victory? But the success of a revolution resides only in itself, precisely in the vibrations, clinches, and openings it gave to men at the moment of its making and that composes in itself a monument that is always in the process of becoming, like those tumuli to which each new traveler adds a stone. The victory of a revolution is immanent and consists in the new bonds it installs between people, even if these bonds last no longer than the revolution’s fused material and quickly give way to division and betrayal."
Deleuze & Guattari, What Is Philosophy? 
— 1 year ago

Deleuze & Guattari: What Is Philosophy Notes:

From “Part Two: Philosophy, Science, Logic, Art”

Ch. 5: “Functives and Concepts”

“…the first difference between science and philosophy is their respective attitudes towards chaos. Chaos is defined not so much by its disorder as by the infinite speed with which every form taking shape in it vanishes.”

IN WHICH, as we might think, with regards to Combahee and Spillers and the black feminine flesh: flesh names a certain set of formations, materializing at an infinite speed, but also an ongoing duration of SPEED ITSELF and its constant reformation in these formations, against a kind of STILLING and iteration of flesh-as-body, the body as—first and foremost—commodity body.

Chaos is “a void that is not a nothingness but a virtual, containing all possible particles and drawing out all possible forms, which spring up only to disappear immediately, without consistency or reference, without consequence. Chaos is is an infinite speed of birth and disappearance.” A DEEP (a deeper than deep interiority, as Deleuze says earlier of the surface) maternity, natality, MATERNATALITY to chaos.

“Now philosophy wants to know how to retain infinite speeds while gaining consistency, by giving the virtual a consistency specific to it. […] Science approaches chaos in a completely different, almost opposite way: it relinquishes the infinite, infinite speed, in order to gain a reference able to actualize the virtual. By retaining the infinite, philosophy gives consistency to the virtual through concepts; by relinquishing the infinite, science gives reference to the virtual which it actualizes through functions.

Or, as Rheinberger writes it, for science—and he means experimental science—CO-GENERATES concepts and phenomena (MATERIAL ENTITIES). “Practices and concepts thus come packaged together.”

But here, experimental science is nomadic rather than royal. It becomes precisely the kind of minor empiricism that not only cogenerates MATERIAL ENTITIES and CONCEPTS, but is also SELF-AWARE about and in the practice of such co-constitution. Experimental science operates as an ongoing study of the flesh making almost-bodies (becoming bodies) at infinite speed, but refusing the taxonomic study of the stilled body. Intersectionality then names not the investigation of particular differences, but the ongoing constitution of differences across mutating material grounds by way of disidentification and strategic form(ation)ing.

SUBJECT TIME REMAINS INTENSIVE, constituted through FOLDING rather than hardening. The origami self.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes

the xx, “angels”

— 1 year ago
"…[No] theory of subjectivity can be successful if it relies on the cognitive subject only. The problem can be correctly raised only at the level of practice, and the issues surrounding subjectivity cannot be dissociated from the imperatives of experimentation and struggle."
Constantin Boundas, “Introduction,” to Gilles Deleuze, Empiricism & Subjectivity: An Essay on Hume’s Theory of Human Nature 
— 1 year ago