Subjects of dispersal

Hands:Holding by Rune T

‘Foucault uses the language of space to highlight the formative effects of discourse and the instability of the plane it constitutes. Foucault’s analytics and politics are inextricably linked to creating an alternative physics of space. His alternative spatial text-ure both represents itself as a more accurate depiction of the real work of power and shifts the paradigmatic grounds for conceiving power. Power has generally been conceived as a dichotomous structure pairing intent and result, cause and effect, oppressor and oppressed. But Foucault levels the dimensionality of the social edifice, making power, knowledge, and subjects alike the temporary internal effects of a dispersed, evanescent field. The subject loses its organic solidity to appear like a bubble within a perpetually plastic substance. Subjects appear ‘in-different’ neither casually prior to a power’s mechanism, not imaginative outside its perpetually [re]formative web:

‘It seems to me that power must be understood in the first instance as the multiplicity of force relations imminent in the sphere in which they operate and which constitute their own organization…Power’s condition of possibility…is the moving substrate of force relations which, by virtue of their inequality, constantly engender states of power; not because it has the privilege of consolidating everything under its invincible unity, but because it is produced from one moment to the next, at every point, or rather in every relation from one point to another. Power is everywhere; not because it embraces everything, but because it comes from everywhere.’ [History of Sexuality 92-93]’ Text quoted from Indifferent Spaces, Kirby K M, 1996: pp.111

‘The revolutionary subject, whether masculine, or feminine, is a subject that is able to allow the jouissance of the semiotic motility [pre-oedipal entry into the symbolic] to disrupt the strict symbolic order.’ [1] Moi T, Sexual Textual Politics:pp170. ‘The subject must recognise it is not possible to do or say anything that undermines power itself since power produces all perspectives, including its own resistance. However, the sub[ject] under power is also an element of  its articulation  [defined by Foucault as a productive and enabling thought challenging the negative and the dialectic]. The subject actually arises out of the networks of power and knowledge in which it lives.’  [2] Plant S, Most Radical Gesture, Situationist International in a Postmodern Age:pp119

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