Monday, October 29, 2007

No Thought for a Concept


The creation of a concept is not the act of a mentality.

It is also not an intellectual accomplishment.

It is not an intellectual pursuit to create a concept, and I go one step further: to make it be an intellectual pursuit is to thwart concept creation, it is to collapse concept creation down into something literary.

(I don’t mean to belittle the literary – but if the intention is concept creation and what’s achieved is instead something literary, that’s failure.)

I think concept creation may be harshly anti-intellectual and maybe that’s a reason it hasn’t gained any traction…Intellectuals are the only ones who are going to be interested in it, but the very nature of their interest is going to thwart it happening…

One cannot thumb through Deleuze and Guattari or anywhere else to pick up helpful hints on concept creation which can then be pasted together or somehow otherwise formulated in order to make a concept-creation guidebook. (A guidebook called, Concept Creation for Beginners.)

A concept does not order or stabilize.

It is not a firm plank upon which perceptions could be verified, validated, recognized, communicated. The concept would get things moving – would be very distinct from that which offers the prospects of a sedentary gaze-- and it would wipe away that peculiar cast of the mind where everything seems perfectly explained, with all the answers in, as if what’s OUT THERE is the normal, the natural, perfect way for the world to be.

Image: A Secret Place, by Heather Nevay.

5 Comments:

Blogger Orla Schantz said...

Thank you Yusef for yet another inspiring post. Just as I think our blog has gone dead, you bring it to life again. That's much appreciated.

As you write,

One cannot thumb through Deleuze and Guattari or anywhere else to pick up helpful hints on concept creation which can then be pasted together of somehow otherwise formulated in order to make a concept-creation guidebook.

As a matter of fact you can. (As you know) From p. 15 to 34 in What Is Philosophy? D&G do their best to define what a concept is. One of the pertinent quote is the following,

"The concept is the contour, the configuration, the constellation of an event to come.... The task of philosophy when it creates concepts, entities, is always to extract an event from things and beings, to set up the new event from things and beings, always to give them a new event: space, time, matter, thought, the possible as events." (p. 32f)

We are creating events, rather than concepts, we act rather than re-act, we change rather than invent. In fact, the EVENT is the INeVent. We don't reflect, we Re-Flex, and we shouldn't communicate, but excommunicate the static from the ecstatic.

And these are not just language games, but rather event-making.

What we need is un-change, the UR-change, the perpetual PRO-stasis, unlocked being. The ANTI-becoming, the rhizome of circularity.

Becoming is - just that - becoming!

Nothing more.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Yusef said...

I've studied-- or should I say slack-jaw stared at-- statements such as those for quite some time now, and what can I say? They're pretty. I don't think they are helpful, though.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Fido the Yak said...

Lovely post, Yusef. At the risk of playing with words, do you think concept creation is anything like being pursued, to push forward confusedly with a vicious beast at your heels?

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Yusef said...

Yes, Fido, that's a wonderful image for it.

What's creative is so desperate it is not an exaggeration to say it is done as a matter of survival.

The Greek invention of the idea of supreme accomplishment coming from "calm contemplation, conducted from within some sheltered place,"-is a creative tour de force but disastrous to us if we forget it itself was born from within the middle of a maelstrom from which the emergence of anything at all was not assured.

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