Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Morton Talks to Artists, Gets Smarter

My buddy Paul Johnson wanted a word that would do for phenomenological "sincerity" or "ingenuousness," so I made one up for him, and I liked it so much I'm gonna use it myself:


It's that quality of always being shrinkwrapped in one's style (not just the clothes obviously!). Like for instance, the attempt to not anthropomorphize is a classic human response to thinking about other lifeforms.

Larry David and John Cleese have built entire careers showing how the escalating attempt to transcend oneself and thereby double down on oneself is intrinsically funny, like someone trying to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.

Everything you do is saturated with you-ness in the expanded sense. My idea of who I am is a tiny inaccurate sliver. The phenomenological insight that you know me better than I do has now been taken up in neuroscience.

Paul's work is about exploring this saturation too--he calls it supersubjectivity. In a way it's actually hyposubjectivity in my terms: there are more style-parts of you than you.

Style subscends my ego, saturating Tim Morton phenomena.

The artists last night were so good too. One of them convinced me that temporal parts also subscend wholes too. Humankind is a comin!


Starlight said...

What do you mean by style?

Starlight said...

What do you mean by style?

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! It's one of the words amped musicians use as well: when the tubes (sorry: valves) get so overdriven that there's more wave-clipping (crunch/distortion/fuzz) than actual guitar-sound in play (you're playing the amp more than the guitar, kinda), we call that sound "saturated". Works with solid state circuits too, often just as well or better for some purposes, and yeah, probably things like "identities", "personalities" and other phenomena, which are themselves circuits (loops!)...possibly all loops can be overdriven in some way, possibly with the result you've described elsewhere of an opera singer shattering a crystal glass (death, a Basil Fawlty nervous breakdown), but often just generating a really intense vibe ("bell-like", "warm", "pretty", "musical" distortion).

Julie said...

So infinity is in every moment. Fantastique!

Julie said...

So forever is in every moment. Fantastique!