Posted by: glue | March 10, 2011


Categorial Imaginary

Opening the thread of element, to probe Merleau-Ponty’s “Flesh,” derived from Cezanne and other modernist painters, as a way into image metaphysics.  M-P offered “element” to do for recorded images what “category” did for written words.  M-P picked up the usage from Gaston Bachelard, who in turn refunctioned the principles of ancient natural history as archetypes animating poetic reverie.  Plato’s chora is evoked, as the space sorting chaos into the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water).  Alchemy, astrology, psychology of humours, and the Neo-Platonic and hermetic traditions come with this association.

The advantage of appropriating this obsolete history for metaphysical invention is clear, since it allows our project of flash reason to learn from a rich heritage of imaging, extracting the categorial practices from the particular source domains.  M-P’s move was anticipated by psychoanalysis, not only in Jung’s archetypes, but more importantly in the appropriation by Freud and Lacan of the entire Neo-Platonic humanist archive, including the tropology of rhetoric, repurposed as the discourse of the Unconscious.

The purpose of this thread is to take up M-P’s suggestion, by separating “element” from its entanglement with literate metaphysics, to use it as a relay for learning a manner of information organization native to imaging.  Flash reason is not science, but a rhetoric for deliberative reason in dromosphere.  Image mysteries are obsolete as physics, but still relevant as interface operations

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