Paper for “The Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference 2014”, June, Osaka, Japan

3. marts 2014 § Skriv en kommentar

Handcrafting-bodies as delirious ensembles

For thousands of years, in all kinds of worlds, the art and practice of handcraft has continuously been part of people’s everyday lives. By knitting, weaving, crocheting, embroidering etc., handcrafting is the art of becoming-imperceptible through monotonous and restrained steps – etymologically, monotony refers to the tension or stretching of a single string. Such monotonous indulgence might produce a state of joyous inertia and is often described as akin to spiritual practices or experiences of Void. Exact techniques, repetitive movements, microscopically clicking sounds, colors and sensuous materials, all actualized from within an archipelago of raising and fading murmuring voices. As such, an ensemble of handcrafting-bodies form a delirious meute, affirming the event of “stationary journeys” and producing “individuations without a ‘subject’” through flows of silence, fabulation and involutive stretchings.

In Scandinavia, the quest for a mindful being of inner peace has gone haywire. There is a desperate desire for solitude and absence of speech, and likewise an array of individualizing practices trying to ease neo-liberal sufferings of ‘burn-out’. Hence, new existential questions arise from this neuronal paradigm, disrupting traditional disciplines of dialogue and identification, e.g. that of Psychology. What if nothing outlines me and movements have moved me too much? What if I don’t want to express MySelf to you, but rather imperceptibly dwell within collective doings? “Experimentation is involutive, the opposite of the overdose”, Deleuze wrote. In line with this, this paper addresses how monotonous handcrafting-ensembles positively and collectively affirm the event of inertia as pure being, as Void, in the sense of a Blanchotian Midnight.

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SOS What happened to the wailer?

17. oktober 2013 § Skriv en kommentar

As a Danish citizen I am part of a nation ranked as the happiest in the world. Nearly ten % of the population is taking antidepressants. Working as a psychologist/therapist, I am supposed to fix those experiences of LACK by finding and believing in the object missing; energy, happiness, motivation, calmness, concentration, you name it!! Burn-out syndrome and depression are diseases of lack and of nothingness: the slogan “All is possible” is overwhelming, gradually turning into “Nothing is possible”. And the wailer is nowhere to be found. Australian based Narrative Therapy has dealt with sufferings of “the internalized Other(s)” through practices of witnessing and reversing of those damned subjugating, marginalising discourses. It is a therapy of Pride, Voice and Recognition. However, I think the subjectivity at stake for a contemporary therapeutic response is changing from the Marginalised towards a Flooding of gazes, pop-up faces, signatures… Speech is so close to just being noise. Not sound, but noise. The art of communication and reflection, right?! So, how do people respond to this issue (not yet posed as a ‘problem’) of hyper-responsitivity in their everyday lives? In Scandinavia, the most popular answers are Mindfulness Techniques and antidepressants. And now, the term Intensity (and thereby the name of Gilles Deleuze) has entered pop-vocabulary, conceived as some sort of energizer, as a volumizer of the sensuous, turning into yet a quantitative matter of the great (too) “Much”. An abyss of individualizing promises operationalized through “Affect Management” in workplaces, in meetings, in schools, in spare time. The promise is to become aware of the present and to revive your senses (although learning the art of Smell only applies for red crisp apples, not for the rotten ones). All this IN ORDER TO…feel happy again…so you can work again. This is the search for inner silence in order to face and survive outer noise. What world is this? Being a traveller in social networks, being fed with decadent sensuousness and haunted by IN ORDER TO’s? My profession, the discipline of Psychology, is having problems responding to this over flooding of noise and hyper-responsitivity in ways that do not fall into those individualizing abysses, either within or without of a conversational frame. So far, I’ve been addressing handcraft, knitting, gardening, war veterans gathering around MC’s… What problems to frame? What gatherings to imagine? What assemblages? What silences to create, connected with joy rather than total lack (of speech)? How to become-wailer, crying out this overwhelming Too Much? This cry, this sublime complaint that “does not express the pain (…) but is a kind of song” (Deleuze, on Joy in l’Abecedaire)…

Lisboa Conference on Deleuze

3. juli 2013 § 1 kommentar

About to leave for Lisboa, Portugal…what a gorgeous place for a conference centering philosopher Gilles Deleuze!

Check out the website at http://deleuze2013.fc.ul.pt

I’ll be presenting in one of the panels and here goes the abstract…

“Dwelling-tellings – the Art of Joy”

How to become a narrator? How to tell one’s story and become other? Those questions haunt the discipline of Psychology. Freud proposed a topological mirror to work on subjectivity. And for a decade, narrative, constructionist approaches have focused on acknowledgment, intentionality and a grateful Witness. The art of Conversing and Listening has been the fundamental pillar of various psychological practices. Meanwhile, the questions crucial to subjectivity of today are changing. People set out on quests for ‘inner peace’ rather than confessing the story of their lives in reflective dialoques.

How on earth might a conversational psychology respond to this trend? How to respond to the troublesome, existential questions that people are desperate to answer nowadays by individualizing, exotic ‘techniques of the mind’ such as Mindfulness? And how might the work of Gilles Deleuze outline new territories of practices dealing with such societal sufferings as depression, exhaustion and anxiety?

The language that outlines a Person, the telling of the story of my life, is not to be discarded here. The storying of one-self, the marking out of a territory of an ‘I’, is neither disgraceful nor incompatible with a Deleuzian approach. Rather than warding off the territorial workings of language, the ideas of Deleuze revives an attention towards the telling itself rather than what (or whom) is being told. How to create frames for dwelling-tellings? How might psy-professionals territorialize social settings that might deterritorialize the re-presenting of identity, producing “individuations without a ‘subject’”, as Deleuze beautifully put it? For instance, practicing handcraft makes people forget themselves and in a way forget others while still dwelling and connecting with others. To approach those questions and unfold these lines of thought in some Deleuzian spirit, this workshop is nurtured in particular by terms such as joy, involution and void.

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