Passages on the Violence of Metaphysics

  Passage I: Anthropophagy / a micro physics of power / instinctual atomism / materialism generalizing models of combination and exchange / a naturalization of the arbitrary, the aleatory and the contingent  / all is differential, textual, oppositional, decentred / “life” is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering, and narrated so that ontic difference is by necessityContinue reading “Passages on the Violence of Metaphysics”

On the Rhetoric of Painting

As an emergent feature of the Sun’s energy economy, organic life is subject to entropic necessity. Life as a manifestation of necrogenic vitality is inherently entwined with death. Painting, as an intensification of life, is an artifact of the humic indwelling. It is earthbound, composed of the nigreddo of Earth. As an artifact of time’sContinue reading “On the Rhetoric of Painting”

Commitment

Even if life, meaning and the phenomenological experience itself will be eclipsed by the sun’s eventual blackening, I surpass this (nihilist) vision through the affirmation of the contingencies themselves: yes, everything will be subject to catastrophism, but the contingencies of life nevertheless exist or have existed and shall exist for some time into the future,Continue reading “Commitment”

Speculations on Anonymous Materials

  presentation by Iain Hamilton Grant – “The Speculations on Anonymous Materials symposium brings together different approaches in philosophy, which in their own way all aim to go beyond modern and postmodern thinking. The symposium is based on the following hypothesis: The fundamental technological, scientific and socio-political changes at the beginning of the 21st centuryContinue reading “Speculations on Anonymous Materials”

Shattering the Image

“Deyr fé, deyja frændur, deyr sjálfur ið sama; en orðstír deyr aldregi hveim er sér góðan getur.” – Hávamál Death is like love, it often comes when you least expect it. Early this morning, my brother-in-law’s father passed away. I am immediately reminded of the poem from the Icelandic sagas, “Cattle die, kindred die, EveryContinue reading “Shattering the Image”

Is the Body Obsolete? (On the Body, Woman & Nature)

The following is connected to my previous post Wither the Eye of the Flesh?, moving from the issue of disembodiment in metaphysics into the technological transhumanism and machine-culture, grafting each upon the other to explore nihilism’s apparent dispossession and displacement of the body. Specifically, in the case of the present post, it is the bodyContinue reading “Is the Body Obsolete? (On the Body, Woman & Nature)”

“A Catastrophe Overcame the Canvas”

“We do not listen closely enough to what painters have to say. They say that the painter is already in the canvas, where he or she encounters all the figurative and probabilistic givens that occupy the canvas. An entire battle takes place on the canvas between the painter and these givens. There is thus aContinue reading ““A Catastrophe Overcame the Canvas””

The Advent

The artist mineralizes the imagination. The process of painting fossilizes matter into an image. The imago is devoted to nature as an image of itself. The image is not a representation of a scene, but the presentation of the potentiality of matter. It’s essential content is the advent. It does not deny what follows fromContinue reading “The Advent”