The experiment conducted wihtin the larger project of this blog is assigned by Deleuze (reading Spinoza): we do not know ahead of time the affects of which a body is capable: what is our capacity to be affected? Hence the blog is composed in the middle voice, being self-addressed, in order to map and enhance my conative position within the intersubjective situation of the human condition. The world addresses me in circumspective terms, through intimation, the indirections that poets track using figures (objective correlative, correspondence, world-inner-space, epiphany, illumination). What is to be received? The particular character of my disposition, first person experience, that is assymetrical, disjunctively unaligned with any third person or objective account.

How does intimation work? By figures, the parallelism of the plane of immanence, in which some features of extension express my substance, my capacity to be affected. This capacity registers on an axis of increasing or decreasing power, ability or desire to act, measured on a scale between joy and sadness (the mystery of motivation). I can (possum). This affective axis is the new world measure, however mobile and singular it may be (each one of us must track it for him/her-self). Here is the dimension of identity to be enabled in electracy: conatus — defined by Spinoza in his Ethics as a striving to persevere in one’s own being. Conatus goes by many names throughout the tradition. Most recently Garcia Lorca called it duende. The face and voice of our electrate identity (avatar) will express duende.

What I am looking for in these entries: a figure of my conatus. The theory tells me I may glimpse it in some movement, intimation of a path opening into the future, at least in my imagination, promising passage through and beyond the aporia, the Ausweglos situation, the impasses of being a mortal. An electrate subject is not an individual agent (not a self), but neither must s/he only surf on the forces of history or nature following the wisdom of Tao. Let us call it egency, and learn to be egents for an Internet civic sphere.


(Resurrexit: Anselm Kiefer).

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