Representations of Power and Resistance
The starting question “what if I could experience how it feels to inhabit other bodies?” multiplied into many other questions: why kind of biotechnology would enable this? How could it work? Why would it had been developed? How would it be related to systems of power? I had already started reading about brain implants and fantasizing about neurosexcodes. But it was necessary to situate that in a political framing, because to me, queerness is not an inherent property of bodies, but it is dependent on systems of power and oppression.
"Depersonalization-derealization disorder occurs when you persistently or repeatedly have the feeling that you're observing yourself from outside your body or you have a sense that things around you aren't real, or both. Feelings of depersonalization and derealization can be very disturbing and may feel like you're living in a dream."
The required subject—a collective subject— does not exist, yet the crisis, like all the other global crises we’re now facing, demands that it be constructed.
Vortexes do not necessarily need to move in circles only. They also have a vertical dimension. In nature, vorticular phenomena are omnipresent. For instance submicroscopic vortexes in liquid helium belong to this wide spectrum of vortexes. Or vortexes generated
by insect. Vortexes of dust in the street. Vortexes caused by sea tides. Volcanic eruptions are also vortexes, and the same goes
for high and low pressure waves. The great red spot on Jupiter is also a vortex. Rings of Saturn and sunspots too. Rotations inside stars and the movement of galaxies which can be counted in light years. Vortexes which attract our attention the most are storms and tornadoes. Those are sought by storm hunters using satellites ying 32,000 kilometers above the surface of the earth. Huge tornadoes seem hostile. Alien. Completely out of the sphere of human power.
“It’s more powerful than previous approaches because by not using human data, or human expertise in any fashion, we’ve removed the constraints of human knowledge and it is able to create knowledge itself,”
The Earth always plays the role of a subversive Insider against the Empire of the Sun, which has given rise to terrestrial orders, politics and modes of living based on its hegemonic stardom.
- WIDTH: Position is merely a contingent expression of zero qua the eternal, insofar as the eternal is simultaneously the intensional tendency of the eternal to remain expressionless in itself indefinitely and the extensional proclivity to posit and
initiate change. Negation, accordingly, far from being a forced dialectical counter-act to position is the natural expression of the eternal to remain indifferent, expressionless and frozen for eternity. It is the indifference (rather than opposition) to the act of position. The pair ‘+ and ‒’ is the complete expression of the eternal in its contingency, since contingency is not only baseless change but also baseless fixity and frozenness. ‘+ and ‒’: mark of difference and mark of indifference or remaining in the continuity of the eternal (0 → 0), concomitantly, express the contingency of the eternal. The coupling of position and negation, or the full contingent expression of zero qua the eternal is the beginning of speculative cruelty: evocation of minus in the face of plus or subtraction. The spatial schema of contingency as the broad scope of the eternal is width. Being a field of a compass (as opposed to a ruler), width broadens the scope, opens up speculative fields built upon the contingency of the eternal and intensive-extensive, abstract-concrete distribution of forms implicit to the operation of subtraction. Just as ‘+ ‒’ translates nature into a polarized bar of magnet, width as a field of compass translates contingency into a basic configuration of a voltaic coil.
Width and its variations (0’s pull-back or subtraction, distancing, and width as the circular or open embrace of the compass).
- LENGTH: Position by zero is an extensive expression of zero, the mark of change and difference. The transition from the intensive to extensive expression of zero brings about the possibility of position and determination of difference. Length is the first spatial schema of zero qua the eternal; it expresses a field of speculation that allows for venturing into a new territory and position of the new. Length is an incomplete phase of speculation according to the eternal. It is blinded by the speculative promises of the new and foraying into a hitherto unrealized territory. The field of length or position out of zero (point) is a yardstick or ruler.
- POINT: Nothing exists outside of zero, the indivisible nature or the eternal. 0 is the alien ovum of reality, without substratum and free from any the necessity of any particular instance of itself. To think according to or from the perspective of this alien ovum, one cannot begin to think it in its pure genericity, but one has to construct step by step an asymptotic (con-)figuration of zero in all its contingent transits and expressions. That is to say, a synthetic philosophy of nature is a philosophy in the making.