These words stir us.
PERCEPTION – “Perception is not the grasping of a form, but the solution of a conflict, the discovery of a compatibility, the invention of a form. This form which constitutes perception modifies not only the relation of subject and object, but also the structure of subject and object . . . Thus perception would be an act of individuation comparable to those expressed by physics and biology.” – Gilbert Simondon, Individuation: Psychic and Collective.
IMAGE – “We find ourselves in fact faced with the exposition of a world where IMAGE=MOVEMENT. Let us call the set of what appears ‘Image’ . . . Everything, that is to say every image, is indistinguishable from its actions and reactions: this is universal variation . . . An atom is an image which extends to the point to which its actions and reactions extend. My body isn an image, hence a set of actions and reactions. My eye, my brain are images, parts of my body . . . External images act on me, transmit movement to me, and I return movement: how could images be in my consciousness since I myself am an image, that is, movement? . . . Can I even speak of atoms? They are not distinct from worlds, from interatomic influences . . . The infinite set of all images constitutes a kind of plane of immanence. The image exists in itself, on this plane. This in-itself of the image is matter: not something hidden behind the image, but on the contrary, the absolute identity of image and movement . . . It [the image] is a section . . . it is not an immobile or an instantaneous section, it is a mobile section, a temporal section or a perspective. It is a bloc of spacetime, since the time of the movement which is at work within it is part of it every time . . . The material universe, the plane of immance, is the machinic assemblage of movement -images . . .” – Gilles Deleuze, Cinema I: The Movement Image.
LIFE – “Life is nothing other than a productivity held back from the absolute transition into a product.” – F.W.J. Schelling, First Outline for a System of the Philosophy of Nature
NATURE – “Nature as percieved always has a ragged edge.” – Alfred North Whitehead, The Concept of Nature
OBJECT – “Objects, which are those solid parts of our actions, are but a moment in the densification of the folds of our behavior that is itself fluctuating.” – Bernard Cache, Earth Moves: The Furnishing of Territories
MEDIATION – “. . . the whole of matter is interconnected. Each body is affected by its neighbours, and in one way or another it registers everything which happens to them. But in a plenum, every motion has some effect on distant bodies in proportion to its distance. So each body also registers what happens to its neighbours’ neighbours, through their mediation. It follows that this communication extends to any distance whatever. Consequently, all bodies register everything which happens in the universe — so much so, that someone who could see everything could read off from any individual what is happening everywhere, and even what happened in the past, and what will happen in the future. What is distant in time and place is observable in the here and now. As Hippocrates said, ‘Everything breathes together.’ But a soul can read in itself only what is represented there distinctly. It cannot suddenly unfold all that is folded within it, since it extends to infinity . . . From this you can see that there is a world of created things — living beings, animals, entelechies, souls — in the smallest part of matter. Each portion of matter can be conceived as like a garden full of plants, or like a pond full of fish. But each branch of a plant, each organ of an animal, each drop of its bodily fluids is also a similar garden or a similar pond.” – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Monadology.
SUBSTANCE – “. . . “subject” is nothing but the name for this inner distance of “substance” towards itself, the name for this empty place from which the stubstance can percieve itself as something “alien.” – Slavoj Zizek, The Sublime Object of Ideology.
ACTION – “Media are spaces of action for constructed attempts to connect what is separated.” – Siegfried Zielinski, Deep History of the Media: Towards an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means
INDIVIDUATION – “The true principle of individuation is mediation . . . At the same tie that a quantitiy of potential energy (the necessary condition for higher order or magnitude) is actualized, a portion of matter is organized and distributed (the necessary condition for a lower order of magnitutde) into structured individuals of a middle order of magnitude, developing by a mediate process of amplification . . . he living being is presented as a PROBLEMATIC being, at once greater and lesser than the unit. To say that a living being is problematic means considering its becoming as forming one of its dimensions, and thus that it is determined by its becoming, which affords the being mediation. The living entity is both the agent and the theater of individuation: its becoming represents a permanent individuation or rather a series of approaches to individuation progressing from one state of metastability to another . . . information is never relative to a unique and homogeneous reality, but rather to two orders that are in the process of “disparation” . . . it is the tension between two disparate realities, it is the signification that emerges when a process of individuation reveals the dimension through which two disparate realities together become a system . . . [thus the] notions of substance, form, and matter are replaced by themore fundamental notions of primary information, internal resonance, potential energy, and orders of magnitude” – Gilbert Simondon, “On the Genesis of the Individual”
RELATION – “Spirit is not something separate – neither from matter nor from nature, neither from body, from contingency, nor from the event – because it is itself nothing other than separation. It is separation as the opening of relation.” – Jean-Luc Nancy, Hegel: The Restlessness of the Negative