Non-art and Other Non-philosophical Relations: An Essay on Fugitive Plasticity

Alifuoco, Annalaura (2021) Non-art and Other Non-philosophical Relations: An Essay on Fugitive Plasticity. In: Art Disarming Philosophy: Non-philosophy and Aesthetics. Rowman & Littlefield, London, UK, pp. 187-216. ISBN 978-1-5381-4746-7

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Since the mid-1980s, Laruelle’s Non-philosophy has rejected the post-structuralist discourses and techniques for interpreting art in favour of constructing an aesthetics rooted in immanence and non-representationalism. In my understanding, the project of Non-philosophy reduces all concepts and practice of philosophy to pure variables; a fractal proliferation of models without origin or end. Testing the plasticity of this predicament, a provocative conception of Non-art should render art objects as pure material, mutating into forms of pluralism and hybridisation.

By starting to sample this ‘matter’ from within Non-art discourses such as science and philosophy, I will investigate performance/art objects not in a reflective way but by concentrating on the immersive properties of art in relation to perception and affect. As a way to bring together insights on Non-art, I propose a philosophical elaboration of the concept of ‘plasticity’ as drawn from empirical science. So, in art works such as Lydia Clark’s Critters—geometrical combinations of objects and planes that need the contact of hands to become whatever they can become—we can find a post-deconstructive account of the formation, deformation, and reformation of material form.

This experience can be mapped out as the scientific phenomenon of plasticity; the formation and development of the material networks and interconnections between sensible forms. What I pose to be Non-art can then be understood in relational terms, or as a purely relational ontology—there is plastic transformation because one expression or form of material existence in some way relates to another in the very plastic process of the transformation of art itself.

Hence, I will be discussing Clark’s relational objects that become healing tools in an emphatical abandonment of art to create a dialogue between (Non-)art and (Non-)philosophy. The question then arises as to whether philosophical plasticity can make possible the intrication of material life and the transcendental in art, without becoming an aesthetic philosophy.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Creative and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Dr Annalaura Alifuoco
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2021 14:22
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 14:22

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