Natasha Lushetich

Teresa Margolles, En el Aire, 2003.

Transfiguration is commonly understood as an entity’s evolution over time, as matter changing form, as a ramification of networks, or as a critical-mass-type shift in scale or direction. Centuries of ingrained post-Enlightenment thought habits are difficult to shrug off. But how might we think relations without relata? A world without solids? Bodies without boundaries? Form without matter?

In this talk, I trace Irigaray’s engagement with Heidegger and Lacan and her resultant theory of fluids, formulated against the backdrop of solids and linear developmental trajectories. I further trace Malabou’s more recent engagement with plasticity, formulated against the backdrop of (neuro-) elasticity and stable measurement, via her close reading of Hegel, Heidegger, and Derrida. I do so in order to articulate a mode of thought that is at once philosophical, science-historical and political. Situated between aggregate states, objects – actual and objects of thought – and disciplines, this thought is iterative and relational, and enables ‘internal’ transfiguration.

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