Saturday, March 10, 2007

Becoming-hybrid

I just ran across this passage today and I think it says everything I was trying to say in my last post, though much better than I could ever say it:
A plant, for example, is not a static thing, although we perceive it as such. The plant is the reception of light, heat, moisture, insect pollination and so on; it is a process of becoming in relation to other becomings. Even more pertinent would be the notion of an atom, which does not select or contract its perceptions but is nothing more than its response or reception of the forces it 'perceives'. We can think of art and philosophy as becoming-molecular or becoming-imperceptible. We do not actually want to be a molecule or an animal, for this would mean not writing at all. But by approaching or imaging the inhuman point of view of animals, machines and molecules we no longer take ourselves as unchanging perceivers set over and against life. We immerse ourselves in the flow of life's perceptions. The human becomes more than itself, or expands to its highest power, not by affirming its humanity, nor by returning to animal state, but by becoming-hybrid with what is not itself. This creates 'lines of flight'; from life itself we imagine all the becomings of life, using human power of imagination to overcome the human.

- Claire Colebrook, Gilles Deleuze, 2002: 128-9

Sounds like fun to me!

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