By Thomas Phillips

Using quite a lot of theoretical and artistic texts, Phillips deals an exam of subjectivity as thought of, enacted, and embodied, in the course of the body of minimalist aesthetics. Provocatively, he makes the declare that lived event is in a position to being subtle in accordance with the sarcastically wealthy parameters of a minimalist aesthetic.

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The pronoun “us” emphasizes the inclusivity of the screen despite variations in cultural history. Few individuals, especially in image-besieged Western cultures, are ever far from the allure of aspiring to ideality, an aspiration that is itself rooted, in psychoanalytic theory, to a primary méconnaissance. 9 26 The Subject of Minimalism The social and material power of identification, a term that will assume further relevance in chapter 8 with regard to religious practices, lies in the dominant and thus normative representation of the screen that informs the identificatory act.

And yet, the reader is assumed to possess a “consciousness” that is capable of entering a tertiary time, a present at the center of “real time,” that becomes “hugely amplified” in the act of reading. So we are given windows into the unconsciousness (and in some cases, psychosis) of the everyday (“our conversations, the personality we seem to have, the person we seem to be in one another’s eyes, the stereotyped things we believe we feel, as also those we discover in others” [ix]) that manifests as a consequence of what she calls tropism (in plant life, the act of bending and growing toward or away from external stimuli such as light or gravity).

Becoming, as both theorized and enacted by Deleuze and Guattari, is primarily concerned with the locomotion of corresponding singularities. It is not motivated by end-gain. Obviously, the congruence shared by certain phenomena suggests a quality of immanence, though it is also clear that there is no absolute state toward which these phenomena are moving. There is, on the other hand, a particular becoming that Deleuze designates as somehow final. He suggests that in relation to the aim of writing, “well beyond a becoming-woman, a becoming-black, -animal, beyond a becoming-minoritarian, there is the final enterprise of becoming-imperceptible” (Deleuze and Parnet, Dialogues 45).

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