Part II: Flat ecology: an analytics of the possible

2.01. Heartbeat tracking app. confluence.

2.0. Introduction

The scope of this chapter is to build on the critical ontology of the present towards a practice that could perform a posthuman eco-aesthetics of intra-action. Following Rosi Braidotti’s approach, if the previous chapter was primarily critical, this one is primarily creative. The two modes merge into what I call analytics of the possible. This mode of research is entangled with performative practice, which I call infraphysics of becoming (see Part III).

In Part I, I outlined a number of modern protocols of dualisation of the world, interfaces that materially and discursively construct subject positions based on othering. Through this exposition, however, a number of alternative or emergent lines have been singled out. This chapter will proceed in assembling these conceptual tendencies into an assemblage that would in turn move through the friction space of modernity, with a desire to reorient it otherwise. This chapter will performatively trace a shift from ‘I’ to ‘i’ of the practising subject, immersed in a posthuman ecology. To prefigure this minoritisation from this point of the thesis I will become a minor ‘i’.

This chapter engages in a ‘shared conversation’ (Haraway, 1991) with and through philosophy. In a posthumanist flat ontology, matter and discourse are part of an onto-epistemic “continuum of indistinction” (Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, 2015). Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault began the work of deconstructing the modern binaries between theory and practice, work furthered by recent posthumanist and neomaterialist feminists. The distinction has by now been sufficiently troubled to be able to imagine and practice a continuum. How could one even hope at destabilising the dualisms of the late modernity without hybridising what was considered theory and practice into a material-discursive praxis? I will show how this hybridisation and entanglement is a constitutive part of an eco-aesthetics oriented towards posthuman ecology of difference.

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