How to desire your posthuman transformation
We wish to plunge
To the abyss' depths, Heaven or Hell, does it matter?
To the depths of the Unknown to find something new!
-- Charles Baudelaire, The Voyage
To realise the transformation of the “self” and by extension its “other”, crassly categorised into rigid and impermeable forms, I follow this principle: the Self shall not be reduced to habitual subjectivities of “permanent” or enforced belonging; and instead it will be viewed as the deliberations of a creative, experimental and conjunctive multiplicity. This principle does not propose to ignore the production and organisation of pre-existing subjectivities, but intends to extend its boundaries, announcing a break from pre-existent categories in order to explore ignored conceptual subjectivities that are produced in collaboration resisting capture by the machinations of power.
However, one must remember that before we can go beyond or transform the way we think about the Self, it is necessary that we first interrogate the “givenness” of its (habitual) organisation so that we may unearth the operation of power that give it form. After exploring prior processes of subjection, it is essential that we prioritise the emergence of the new through previously unexplored disjunctions, syntheses, temporalities and rhythms of self vibrating with vitality both inside and outside the body. Such a Self, specifically its conception, must be a fluid entity operating beyond traditional systems of reference and identity. It will then be a site whose layers are thick enough to always already incorporate itself and its consciousnesses, and barren enough to receive the fertility of its re-doings by opening itself to a radical outside. This site will simultaneously be in relay with its multiple others that lay inside, in-between and outside, and still risks the possibility of being turned into a cult.
The site of this Self, which experiences something new and undergoes metamorphosis, is gripped by a strange intensity and leaves behind barely any trace of the origin-al, but a vague semblance of it. This transformation should be conceived as a process of collaboration, alliance or complicity not just with the “other”, but with otherness in itself. Where the divisive internal frontline of identity is pushed to its limit, leading to the emergence of the strange and the new that extends beyond the binaries of self/other, subject/object, etc. It is, to reiterate, the breakdown of enforced organisations that redistribute desire in order to facilitate the production of the unthought.
An unthought that is untethered from any limiting spatio-temporal coordinates and yet flowing out of the now, the gaps, the crevices, the cusps and the folds of complicity and alliance. It is a creative engagement with life in the present operating in an ethical temporality, which visiblises a tear in the fabric of reality through which newness enters our world. It is the courage to surrender to the promiscuity of chance as opposed to the fidelity of hope that often leaves us in limbo.
-- Ajith Cherian