5.17.2010

Beneath the middlesex



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 Beneath the Middlesex paving stones


               the walls of May 69 loom
                  traveling across time
                                        & over the sea


___________________May is always the right                                        time for evictions 
                                                                      interdiction(s)

               & distinctions to make a beach
        one that rolls with paving stones 
                                      & desire                                                                                                              machines  ~


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The Problem of Oedipus | 3 Savages|Barbarians| Civilized  Men


                             The full body of the earth is not without distinguishing

characteristics. 

Suffering and dangerous, unique, universal, it falls back on
production, on the agents and connections of production.


But on it, too,
everything is attached and inscribed, everything is attracted, miraculated. 


It is the
basis of the disjunctive synthesis and its reproduction: a pure force of filiation or
genealogy, Numen. 

The full body is the unengendered, but filiation is the first
character of inscription marked on this body. And we know the nature of this
intensive filiation, this inclusive disjunction where everything divides, but into
itself, and where the same being is everywhere, on every side, at every level,
differing only in intensity.


The same included being traverses indivisible
distances on the full body, and passes through all the singularities, all the
intensities of a synthesis that shifts and reproduces itself. It serves no purpose to
recall that genealogical filiation is social rather than biological, for it is
necessarily biosocial inasmuch as it is inscribed on the cosmic egg of the full
body of the earth. It has a mythical origin that is the One, or rather the primitive
one-two. Should one say the twins or the twin? Which divides and unites into
itself—the Nommo, or the Nom-mos?


The disjunctive synthesis distributes the
primordial ancestors, but each member of the primitive community is himself a
complete full body, male and female, binding to itself all the partial objects, with
variations that are solely intensive, and that correspond to the internal zigzag of
the Dogon egg. Each one intensively repeats the entire genealogy for himself.



And everywhere it is the same, at both ends of the indivisible distance and on
every side, a litany of twins, an intense filiation. At the beginning of Le renard
pale, Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen sketch out a splendid theory of the
sign: the signs of filiation, guide-signs and master-signs, signs of desire, intensive
at first, which fall in a spiral and traverse a series of explosions before extending
into images, figures, and drawings.


If the full body falls back on the productive connections and inscribes them
in a network of intensive and inclusive disjunctions, it still has to find again and
reanimate lateral connections in the network itself, and it must attribute them to
itself as though it were their cause. These are the two aspects of the full body: an
enchanted surface of inscription, the fantastic law, or the apparent objective
movement; but also a magical agent or fetish, the quasi cause. It is not content to
inscribe all things, it must act as if it produced them. It is necessary that the
connections reappear in a form compatible with the inscribed disjunctions, even
if they react in turn on the form of these disjunctions.

Such is alliance, the second characteristic of inscription: alliance imposes on the
productive connections the extensive form of a pairing of persons, compatible
with the disjunctions of inscription, but inversely reacts on inscription by
determining an exclusive and restrictive use of these same disjunctions. It is
therefore inevitable that alliance be mythically represented as supervening at a
certain moment in the filiative lines (although in another sense it is already there
from time immemorial). Marcel Griaule describes how, among the Dogons,
something is produced at a certain moment, at the level and on the side of the
eighth ancestor: a derailment of the disjunctions, which cease to be inclusive and
become exclusive.


Once this occurs, there is a dismembering of the full body, a
canceling of twinness (la gemelleite), a separation of the sexes marked by
circumcision, but also a recomposition of the body according to a new model of
connection or conjugation, an articulation of bodies for and between themselves,
a lateral inscription with articulatory stones of alliance, in short, a whole ark of
alliance.


 Alliances never derive from filiations, nor can they be deduced from
them. But, this principle once established, we must distinguish between two
points of view: the one economic and political, where alliance is there from time
immemorial, combining and declining itself with the extended filiative lineages
that do not exist prior to alliances in a system assumed to be given in extended
form; the other mythical, which shows how the extension of a system takes form
and delimits itself, proceeding from intense and primordial filiative lineages that
necessarily lose their inclusive or nonrestrictive use.


From this viewpoint the
extended system is like a memory of alliance and of words, implying an active
repression of the intense memory of filiation. For if genealogy and filiations are
the object of an ever vigilant memory, it is to the degree that they are already
apprehended in an extensive sense that they certainly did not possess before the
determinations of alliances conferred it on them. On the contrary, as intensive
filiations they become the object of a separate memory, nocturnal and
biocosmic—the memory that indeed must suffer repression in order for the new
extended memory to be established.



A/O 154-5