Thursday, June 22, 2006

Haecceities Revisited



Brueghel: Hunters in the Snow (1565) [featured in the pre-zero-gravity library scene in Tarkovsky's Solaris, one of cinema's finest manifestations of the haecceity].

Delighted to see Mark K-punk [as also noted by Daniel/Josef K at Different Maps] revisit the haecceity, the thisness of this, in his review of John Foxx's latest LP, Tiny Colour Movies:



This is not an inner but Outer calm; not a discovery of a cheap New Age 'real' Self , but a positive alienation, in which the cold pastoral freezing into a tableau is experienced as a release from identity.




Dun Scotus' concept of the haecceity - the 'here and now' - seems particularly aposite here. Deleuze and Guattari seize upon this in A Thousand Plateaus as a depersonalized mode of individuation in which everything - the breath of the wind, the quality of the light - plays a part. A certain use of film - think, particularly, of the aching stillness in Kubrick and Tarkovsky - seems especially set up to attune us to hacceity; as does the polaroid, a capturing of a haecceity which is itself a haecceity.



From Solaris production design. Artist: Michail Romadin.



From Mirror production design. Artist: Nikolai Dvigubsky

3 Comments:

Blogger daniel said...

Good to have you back, Padraig.

2:52 AM  
Blogger mark k-punk said...

Needless to say, I wholeheartedly echo that sentiment...

4:28 AM  
Blogger Orange_Cross said...

Its not a denial of haecceity that an individual be divided and composed of individuals. Is it? The individual functions as its self, break an individual and the parts function as themselves and in this distinct function they lose their partyness and become individuals. Is it a denial of individual to break an individual?

5:06 AM  

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