FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE CONFERENCE HERE: mediafire.com/download/x6pndyzsa3bfqpy/simon_o_sullivan_composite_diagrams_and_relations_of_adjacency.pdf
NOTES HERE: mediafire.com/download/mqjxw5mlcgt0jyr/simon_o_sullivan_notes.pdf
Slavoj Zizek has remarked in a recent collection of writings on the so-called ‘Speculative Turn’ in continental philosophy that what the latter lacks is a theory of the subject. Although I would not claim that what I have laid out in my recent book On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation amounts to the missing subject of this speculative turn (indeed, to a certain extent, the category of the subject is a necessary exclusion that determines the latter), what I would say is that my own project – a work of commentary, but also a thinking through of a production of subjectivity that refuses the bar between the finite and the infinite – has some resonances with some of the thinkers associated with this particular strain of recent post-Kantian philosophy. In my contribution to the conference I will briefly map out some of these ‘relations of adjacency’ and more generally introduce the themes of my work on subjectivity. I will also draw the five key diagrams of the book’s title.
Simon O’Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Art History/Visual Culture in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has published two monographs with Palgrave, Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari: Thought Beyond Representation (2005) and On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation (2012), and is the editor, with Stephen Zepke, of both Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of the New (Continuum, 2008) and Deleuze and Contemporary Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). He also makes art, with David Burrows and others, under the name Plastique Fantastique.
The Matter of Contradiction is a series of workshops and seminars initiated by Sam Basu, Fabien Giraud, Ida Soulard and Tom Trevatt.
The Matter of Contradiction: War against the sun was organized in collaboration with Inigo Wilkins.
More informations can be found here: lamatiere.tumblr.com/
War against the sun was held at Mute magazine offices at Limehouse Town Hall in London on the 1st and 2nd of March 2013 and followed by a workshop on the 3rd.
Special thanks to Val Ravaglia and Stephen Nachtigall for the video recordings of the event.