This is still my FAVOURITE lampost:
A great day out. Cigar smoking in fifth Ave,
Sacks across the road. And the grim grey rock of a thousand stories making its way up Fifth Avenue. Why talk of St Paul today, of all days? March 17th and On the Train an hour to get there. Cute cup cake Pink Cafe (seen in latest Colin Firth/Helen Hunt/Bette Midler MAtthew Broderick film) down there in Brooklyn, wherre Walt hailed us all to pause. Five? What is the point of THE great five balls. You see, processing the skills to learn, one discovers that success and failure are the same line in the pathways of learning. I’m sure this is because of the democracy of objects–the balls do not, as it were, have any reticence to be thrown. Take seven balls: there is a pattern of one and several hundred more patterns that those balls wouldn’t mind being in relations with. But they don’t care that they are in a basket, doing nothing.
Now we investigate causality different: I am not the place to search for the reason why those balls are or are not being juggled. Correlationism. There’s something else going on here, which is why I have moved onto the bike as an example of art. Complexity. trhe aesthetic dimension. the phased space of other objects. The time the balls are in the air. Where did that bike come from and why?
The year before I encountered OOO doesn’t mean my life was bereft of OO leanings before then. In the zeitgeist, things and objects have been articulating themselves for a while.
That took a while to realise (all of last November). Why? Because, dear friends, the readers of contemporary philosoosophy all know that that prickly pear, the subject,
is a strife torn ladled with striations of all kinds,The Lampost Philosopher and it was kind, then, way back then, forty years ago now maybe more perhaps less than that when Derrida remarked.
The bike therefore was an ideal object (at first) to look at. Take picture of cog, brake cables.
make fun of self who does not do engineering. laugh at simple complexity of cable system, brakes.
soon enough I got a puncture, and for the first time in thirty years changed a bike tire.
bottom up, handlebars on the grass–you know the drill. Plumber’s ass and all that.
ok. Pause. “This is descriptive phenomenology”/
item: one artist.
I am trying to teach you Jim~nastics Jim. The Jy`mnasticity of Objects….for that is where we first met, under the plasticity of Hegel’s sign and Ms Malabou’s arrival in Surrey next semester. We were all looking forward to that.
Jim had assigned himself the task of research post there, just to meet her. But what of that bike? Now, its pictures have been taken….
and the artist, exploring this phenomenology of the object feels emotionally freer to take the bike apart (what ho emotions?)
June becomes a GUIDE for Artists navigating Emotions in the full breath-air of the objects, Artists that is, who don’t take the subjectivist seriously in themselves now can yoke OOO to themselves and perceive it…what a better life we are going to be living now…
emotionally less to be tense about/therefore more emotionally free to investigate the world.
Benefits are enourmous. June closes with an homage to OOO and newfound Personal list of objects from Mandalabrasetee:
Pocahontas’ Pearl. Method proven. An OOO method exists. Now to allure and other sensual features: ENTER:
JUNE &th–`SPECTACULAR OBJECTS’
frame of bike is put on artist’s studio wall… Painting Begins: Laquering on thick bronze, chopping the wires, random blue on Cog wheel burst of summer lava flowering on the artist’s wall.
So, in taking apart the bike to find that which OOO states is NOT there….(the object cannot be reduced to its parts), following the method took two months… CONFIRMED.
Here’s the bike as the Philosopher was riding it in Early April. Sat reading Guerrila Metaphysics one day I was astounded at the number of posts, lamposts and otherwise vertically oriented objects that there are in just one town center. Of course, the Lampost at that time was burgeoning into a new phase (ode to Where does one find the time. Ode 2: A: get the object and run with it. This bike was a smasher. I\ve been longtin time thinking of ways to write through experiences of bike riding. Still that’s I.
The notion of assemblage, networks and systems post Ppower realtions and jazzonomic postmodern stuff left the tranquilizing deity of abstraction for unarticulated concrete objects…gravel, drains, hard bumps in the road, bumpers, wing mirrors. “Some objects in mirror seem really far away” Ain’t no mirror on this bycycle…. Before I even came close to having totally stripped the bike of all its apparatuses and accoutrements, which if you happened to see or read Penn Warren’s book-“It’s All About the Bike” can cost up to four grand and would involve a manufacturer in Oregon, a trip to Italy to Madonna of Cycler’s shrine, OH! how they lead us around)–the artist never encountered anything less than another canvas, brakes, gears and all.
Which happily confirmed the thesis of OOOntologist Tim Morton. In his own words:
The assertion left unsaid is intended to be so obvious as to not need stating.
How come I missed this? Perhaps in the melée of getting back to school it got lost in the mix. It’s great to read it at last. I had the best summer last year re-reading Aristotle and doing a Buddhist retreat. Graham does a great job of summarizing some of the many fine things about Levi’s book The Democracy of Objects. One of these is the idea that objects can’t really be dialecticized if they have, as Aristotle argues, no opposites. (Like, what’s the “opposite” of a chair? You know?)
Graham is right on about Heidegger on Aristotle, the last time anyone really tried, I guess. That approach is so much more about Heidegger than it is about Aristotle. I do like what Heidegger has to say about rhetoric though—that it’s an art of listening…
I like what Graham has to say about the Medieval Aristotle. It’s a big deal that OOO is shifting the debate towards Aristotle for historical reasons. The turn to modern science, the collapse of rhetoric (see Dark Chemistry’s great post on that), the use of the term “scholastic” as a term of abuse, the sneers about angels and pins—it all has to do with a very long history that forms a dark shadow stretching back behind correlationism. Perhaps a pre-echo, the setup if you like, of correlationism. It’s all about Aristotle.
Non-dialecticizable objects. You know I have to say, I really love that. And when Graham says, boldly, “No, it’s not possible to be a Hegelian today,” I have to cheer, having just taught Hegel. Hegel’s aesthetic theory being one big piece of the modernity puzzle that I’m claiming we just exited…More on this in the near future.
4.04 p.m. Wednesay. Which is to say, blogs like these I’ve found riveting. But causation and blogs here is, I’m afraid to say, just a bit aesthetic. Causation is aesthetic. Vicarious causation’s qualities articulated (circa December 2010). And as the only causation that matters happens in on with the no-sphereblob reflecting thing (that all meta one Substance thingy that never is reduced to partsd,,,,,or apostrophes, hammers, citroens, wells, hamslingers or delusions: it is in and of Sensual Objects and all their manifold gaiety and misery that is where the canvas is…..So bike became more than the Correlationist and Clunkly Causal thing that it was ORIGINALLY FOR ME (to lose weight/get fit/see things/and other reasons) From To an Object in itself (which it was known THE BIKE WASN”T AN OBJECT IN THE FIRST PLACE….. but now, yes NOW it is. Amazed me.
March closes with |”Annals of Amazement and Other Sudden Surprises” as May closes with a Second bike (one to ride). Experiment Complete.Intensity is universal. Be intense.