Derelict Space

Tag: Lyotard

Minorities Live Upon the Edge

by ds1844

“Nothing is more difficult than the struggles of minorities who want to remain minorities, who want to be recognized as such. Societies transform them into new powers, into His Majesty’s opposition(s) or into the gas house. It interprets them, that is, inscribes them. And so, it robs them of their own particular power … Nevertheless, what is at stake is not a matter of liberation as opposed to submission – it is a matter of line of flight, escape … an exit, outlet. The desire to evade interpretation is not a desire to be against interpretation, to negate it. To do so, after all, would be to continue to exist in its terms. The desire is rather to affirm an alternative which is simultaneously uninterpretable.” Gilles Deleuze, FĂ©lix Guattari & Robert Brinkley, What Is a Minor Literature?

Outside Thought

by ds1977

“The critical task of outside thought, a task that is always untimely, is to untangle the lines that cut across, like a machine, the recent past and the near future. The thinker of the outside uses history excessively for the sake of something beyond or alien to it, thinking out of time for the sake of time, which amounts to becoming something other than what history has made us and wishes to make of us. It is thus incumbent upon outside philosophy to philosophize in the most radical manner conceivable, doing violence to the mind by breaking both with the natural bent of the intellect and with the habits of scientific praxis. One is reminded of Lyotard’s ‘monstrous’ insight that the activity of thinking and writing belongs to the mode of existence in which each person escapes all control, including – especially – their own.” Keith Ansell Pearson, Deleuze Outside/Outside Deleuze, 2