Saturday, 11 February 2017

"into a universe of creative enchantments" Guattari

 The french thinker Felix Guattari, in a powerful historical essay, has asked some fundamental questions about the direction in which the century and its achievements in technology are taking us; he calls for a new vitality in the relations between individuals and the language of the culture they inhabit:'Unconscious figures of power and knowledge are not universals. They are tied to reference myths profoundly anchored in the psyche, but they can still swing around toward liberatory paths/voices.' He too sketches the possibility of a utopia, dreaming of 'transforming this planet - a living hell for over three quarters of its population - into a universe of creative enchantments'.

Marina Warner, From the Beast to the Blonde (p418)