Diabolic marks, organs and relations: exiting symbolic misery

Withers, D-M (2019) Diabolic marks, organs and relations: exiting symbolic misery. Angelaki. ISSN 0969-725X (Accepted)

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Abstract

The globalised societies of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries are de-composing, according to Bernard Stiegler. This decay is expressed by the breakdown of the compositional process between symbol and diabol. This is because the dynamic circuit of interiorisation and exteriorisation that he argues is vital for individuation has become subject to mass calculation, marketisation and hyper-synchronisation. For Stiegler there is no way out of this impasse and the result is misery—a diabolic world. In Stiegler’s narration of symbolic misery, diabolic activities and aesthetic forms are not considered capable of conditioning social relations. This article develops the concept of the diabol through readings of Emily Dickinson’s poetry – her diabolic marks – and the diabolic organs and relations of feminist free improvisation. I demonstrate how diabolic inscriptions, that intensify singularity and diachrony, are social aesthetic resources that can support individuation and trans-individuation and open up a new epoch of diabolic sense.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: diabol, free improvisation, singularity, proletarianization, Emily Dickinson : diabol, free improvisation, singularity, proletarianization, Emily Dickinson diabol, free improvisation, singularity, proletarianization, Emily Dickinson
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HS Societies
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music > ML3797 Musical research
T Technology
Depositing User: D-M Withers
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 13:54
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 13:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82028

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