An Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm

-- I was struck by these exerpts of Guattari's last work as I had also referred to them in my long essay about John Milton's Paradise Lost and The Waste Land (T.S. Eliot).
What Satan does to God's universe, and what the poetry of Waste Land did is the "activity of rupturing sense,” Satan, the great deterritorializer and the fractured lines and segments of 20 c poesia in Waste Land move along parallel planes to those of Artaud's bodies without organs. The 20 c, it goes without saying is the century of rupture. and the contigent.

excerpt: Chaosmosis: An Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm

Félix Guattari. 1992

Reprinted in: Participation, Documents of Contemporary Art. 2006. MIT Press.

“Artistic cartographies” have never stopped being necessary to the “crystallization of subjectivities,” even though they may have been valued differently– more as commodities– in the modern era.

They’ve always been necessary because the artist defamilarizes the “real” and turns that into a token, “conferring a function of sense.” The work of art is an “activity of rupturing sense,” which leads to a reframing / reconstitution / “recreation” of the subject. Encountering this can alter they way we define as the space of possibilities of our lives:

“What is important is to know if a work leads effectively to a mutant production of enunciation.” In the design space of all possible emperors some are not clothed, some are differently clothed, some are clothes, there are no emperors.

“This is the dilemma every artist has to confront: ‘to go with the flow’, as advocated … by the apostles of postmodernism, or to work for the renewal of aesthetic practices relayed by other innovative segments of the Socius, at the risk of encountering incomprehension and of being isolated by the majority of people.” The new poetry.

Guattari goes on to argue that this defamiliarizing / reframing function is highly important because: contemporary subjectivity will only get out of the mess its in “mass-mediatic infantilization,” etc. if “creative objectives” appear within reach. These objectives may come from the combination of the creativities of different disciplines. “The world can be rebuilt from other universes of value and … other existential territories should be constructed toward this end.”

----- It is interesting, especially to read the last section as what Guattari is suggesting is precisely what poets have been doing. yet it appears he is also prescriptive; as well its interesting in the light of his own obssession with Joyce
and his own desire to be percevied as a writer, as such. I find this most strange!
especially as he was already perceived as such a major thinker
and contributer to so many things of his time....
The only single book of poetry he published was the tiny one
Ritournelles - which his friends Fromanger helped him to edit.
As always the artist speaks of his own aesthetic when he generalizes....
In the Event of his becoming writer
what escapes him, it seems to me,
is precisely that he was already a writer,
and inventor ...

Human beings always want to be(come)
something else than what they've become
a Becoming
is a Becoming
Poet pour Lui.
He died with his English Edition
on his desk.

O guattari
the songs Ive dedicated
to you

notes: Chaosmosis | November 18, 2008