Alan Sondheim
 
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Philosophy

As in digital manipulation of layers, the world is flattening by the subject; is always flattening; there is no depth; depth is an illusion; multiple viewpoints; apparent histories; apparent identities. The flattening of the world: the stitching of ontologies, suturing epistemologies. Thus the thetic, continuously working as the gesture works. The gesture is working language; language gestures, gesticulates. Language is always at a loss; hence the fury of language, presence of obscenities or thickening, escape routes, of interjections, phonemically other. Representation is the same; the same of the other; chiasmus: other of the same. It is a disturbance of flattening which is flattening. Disturbance is the apparency of discontinuity, anomaly; flattening is substantive; substance. To disturb - to nudge - is to initiate bifurcation, response. The limits of discontinuity are catatonias; analogic inerts; substance is limitless. Consider an epigenetic landscape: the flattening of the real. Consider elementary catastrophes and their extending sheets: disturbance.
 
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