Sunday, March 1, 2009

Day 254: Capturing the force of time, rendering time sensible

Walker Lake, NV (remnant of ancient lake Lahontan see Day 203) October, 2008

The arts each address themselves to how to present these elementary forces, forces that impinge on us as living beings, forces like "pressure, inertia, weight, attraction, gravitation, germination" - Deleuze, Francis Bacon, the Logic of Sensation

If there is a common "foundation" or a unity of forces that all the arts share with each other (along with science and philosophy, which are equally oriented, in very different ways, to the ordering of chaotic forces), this is not in the unity of what has been, but only in the unity of a common future: the "power of the future" is that most urgent of forces and the most imponderable. At the bottom, Deleuze suggests, it may be that what all art share is the aim of capturing the force of time, of opening up sensation to the force of the future, of making time able to be sensed not in order to control or understand duration (which cannot be controlled and is that which ensures that the self-identical is always transitional, always other, never actual) but to live as one can, even if that means becoming-different:

"To render Time sensible is itself the task common to the painter, the musician, and sometimes the writer. It is a task beyond all measure or cadence"
- Deleuze, Francis Bacon, the Logic of Sensation

It is this goal that makes art itself eternal, always seeking a way to render time sensational, to make time resonate sensibly, for no art can freeze time or transform its forces except through the invention of new techniques, new forces and energies"
- Elizabeth Grosz, chaos, territory, art: deleuze and the framing of the earth

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