[NetBehaviour] Notes on the Aetiology and Phenomenology of Magic
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Tue Jul 21 08:51:33 CEST 2009
Notes on the Aetiology and Phenomenology of Magic
(for a course at School of Visual Arts this fall.)
EARLY outline, then a few LATE statements -
Jung: Synchronicity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronicity
Bell's Theorem - action at a distance
Inhabiting the fetish
subject inhabiting (user)
fetish inhabiting the subject
object/subject inhabiting (animal/spirit)
Physical parallelism (parameters)
Memory parallelism (punctum) (not sure what I meant here)
Personal parallelism (introjection/projection)
Semiotics of Magic:
Immersive/definable hierarchies: hierarchies of data, of experience:
analog and digital hierarchies
Antiparallelism: dual - i.e. becomes the same through difference,
perhaps becomes different through the same (vampire, the uncanny)
Creation/Annihilation (to and from zero / virtual particles)
Transitive/Intransitive actions - A done to B by virtue of C,
i.e. _through_ C. C = channel; incantation = parasitic communication.
Resonances and recursions
A _signal_ as a resonant _symbol_: no time to stand for anything!
Fri Jul 10 21:38:59 EDT 2009
action _at a distance_
sleep command -
action at a _temporal distance_ (interval)
think of field phenomena
what is the ontology of information?
how is information transformed within the machine?
machine states / entropy
- in opposition to a materialist approach
the phenomenology of magic: (not sure what I meant here)
the operations of the fetish: the fetish through the fetish
LATE STATEMENTS -
Start over. Some operations:
Empathy - inhabitation of the other / dwelling.
Sympathy - exteriority and identification with the other / living
Correspondence: metaphoricity, metonymy.
And let's think about the _symptom,_ the _trope,_ while we're at it.
Doesn't the trope and symptom depend on regularization? What constitutes
the system from which they devolve?
With the symptom: Already a _standard_ is at work: symptoms deviate.
Some formal operations:
Think of the following characteristics of operators:
Reflexivity - X can resemble itself; all magic is reflexive, resonates.
Think of the reflexivity of magic in terms of cybernetics with positive or
negative feedback loops. Combine positive feedback loops with a fold
catastrophe; pass a threshold and the thing is done.
Transitivity - if X resembles Y, and Y, Z, X need not resemble Z:
a kind of fuzzy logic dominates, things are always already lost along the
way. Attributes disappear.
Commutativity: if X resembles Y, need Y resemble X? Think -
If a mandrake resembles a man, does a man resemble a mandrake?
- not necessarily, there's an economic of surplus at work here
(think Bataille). (This is slightly different, in any case, from
Think of resemblance as _broken equivalence_ - therefore within and
without the _abject._
Is there a difference between resemblance and correspondence?
If A corresponds to B, does A resemble B, B resemble A?
Think of corresponds as co-responds, therefore to a kind of _call._
In terms of an overarching structure, one might argue that if and only if
A is called, B is called, and vice versa, then the resemblance becomes an
equivalence 'under' the overarching structure.
How do markov chains fit in? Typifications, type mathematics, standardiza-
tions, dimensional analysis?
Think of onomatopoeia, mimickry - how, if at all, do these tally with
'action at a distance'? Neither empathy nor sympathy, but formal equival-
ence within bounds.
Think of interjections and the use of phonemes not ordinarily found in the
spoken language: non-equivalence, performativity simultaneously within and
without language. (See Roazen, Echolalia.)
Then religion - what sort of interiority, susceptibility, is required?
The necessary entanglement of 'spirituality' and 'magic.'
One signifier out of place and science either expands or collapses.
Popular press: "Scientists astounded!"
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