ECOLOGIX is a research-creation project that asks: in what world does this make sense?
Indeed, this is it. But so is this and this and this. The implications of any given negative development may or may not be catastrophic. At the same time, however, we have become accustomed to a vision of the world — this world — in which human interventions and ‘ingenuity’ have become a moral imperative. The Earth has been conflated with a human-centred “world”, one divided, categorized and made disparate through all-too-human regimes of representation. In this world, we have become inflexible; we partition off the real into separate and hierarchical categories in the name of human will and desire. In this world we have destroyed and neutralized ecological thought, that is, we have quashed the ability to think in terms of relations in the name of commensense consensus and accord.
The task facing us as we spin into the future is thus not one of producing agreement and unity, but rather one of dissensus. The world of which we speak does not exist “for us”, but is, instead, an indifferent field of resonant and autopoietic machines of matter, lively and uncontainable in its becomings, connections and assemblages. The world is not our friend, nor is it our enemy. Human beings are part of the world, yes, but the world is not human, nor is it centred upon any sort of essential “human-ness”. Such a world therefore requires thought that is adequate to the world’s intensities, what we might call, following Guattari, an eco-logics, or here, an ECOLOGIX.
Such a logic is not characterized by limits and boundaries, but rather self-referential existential assemblages that seek to grasp existence in the very act of its constitution, definition, and deterritorialization. Such a logic is not founded on conceptualizing bodies, whether physical or conceptual, as totalized or totalizing, but instead as processes of expressive ensembles that work on their own account. Bodies that articulate themselves across whole ranges of interconnected and heterogeneous fronts. Bodies that appear as terminals for multiple trajectories of subjectification. ECOLOGIX might, following Guattari once again, be defined as a search to identify in each partial locus of existence potential vectors of subjectification, singularization and individuation. It is these dissident vectors of potentiality that offer a divestment from violent overdeterminations — the world made for “us”, in our all-too-human images of thought — in turn producing a-signifying ruptures wherein repetition itself becomes a process of creative assemblage, forging new incorporeal objects, abstract machines, and universes of value.
Guattari, Félix. Chaosmosis: An Ethico-aesthetic Paradigm. Translated by Paul Bains and Julian Pefanis. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1995.
Guattari, Félix. The Three Ecologies. Translated by Ian Pindar and Paul Sutton. London: Athlone Press, 2000.