The Anti-Oedipus Papers 06

Ant-Oedipus 05

By Felix Guantarri 瓜達里

Translated by Springhero 雄伯


Of the Sign, with an Interlude on Faust



“ For any sign to have a linguistic existence, it must be an element in a series; it is not defined as such by this property, but by the semantic or phonic difference repeated in its series.”



   In my mind, the work of constituting a series proceeds from the “ syntagmatico-paradigmatic” perversion ( neurosis-perversion) that makes the sign function like a signifier.



   I think it’s with Hjelmslev, maybe Peirce—but where is his writing! —on the one hand, and on the other with the founders of axiomatic theory, that we can find the key to “ clearing” out…structuralism.



   If I’m not mistaken, Hjemslev considers the chain effect, linearity, discursivity, to be secondary. For him, a unit is phonematic as much as it is semantic and beyond.



   What matter is the axiomatics of a language. One axiom more or less and everything changes. So, no primacy of one order over another one, one series over another, no Saussurian or Martinetian dualism…( We have provisionally to verify all this!)




   What is the work of the constitution of these series? Isn’t it at the basis of the work of anti-production?



   The displaced represented ( in the operation of the representation of alliances and the repression of the representative of machinic filiation); the displaced represented, in its displacement, creates a serialization effect.



    Whereas before, in a system without writing, the urstaat was offscreen, and the sign polyvocal, playing synchronically on all connective registers at once, now there is bivocality.



   What is expressed (“ displaced,” transferred ) depends on its exclusive relation to the machine: repressive-representation, repressed-representative ( speech’s “ meaning effects” depend on the signification brickwork of language. The semantic field is “ contextualized” through its subjectification to the “ diacriticism” of the semiological plane).



   “ You will have it go through my grid.” “ You will have it go through my Oedipus, my Capital, my State…” Double articulation is correlative to the establishment of the Urstaat inasmuch as this “ class despotism device” imposes, via suppression:



   1. bivocality,

   2. seriality, linearity,

   3. the “ hollowing out” of the sign’s territoriality.”





    Territoriality is now the hollow of the articularatory break ( we have to consider “ philosophies of the void” in relation to all this as perverse attempts to “ catch up with the process” : “ since there is a hollow, I will empty myself of all representation”” Zen & co…As if the desert weren’t already enough for paranoiacs: you also have to empty yourself of all representation).



    So there are at least three types of paranoiacs:

    —the paranoid classifier ( against a forested backdrop)

    __the pure desert hermit ( the city)

    —Hegel and Lacan’s Alcestis or the “ good soul’s internal desert, against a backdrop of decoded flow.






    The sign doesn’t couple at leisure in polyvocality anymore. Its space is connected . The sign’s sexuality, the sign as sexuality , as a pure process of code surplus value, is repressed ( all this to make you happy! Or I hope so).



    You have to put some of it through the repressive alliance of representation that, as you say, is extensive in that it displaces something, it produces a serial effect and opens a narrow field of contextual “ meaning effect.” Filiation is internalized, its territoriality melts away—and you have a passage to the void.




Anti-Oedipus by Felix Guattari 瓜達里

Translated by Springhero 雄伯




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