Monday, November 1, 2010

"The Universal Producer" (Much Ado Part 2)

In Deleuze/Guatarri the schizophrenic is called the universal producer, and let's consider this alone for a second. The schizophrenic produces meaning, at the expense perhaps of whatever the meaning points to, and probably because the signs are all pointing *at* the schizophrenic. I think it's probably insulting to schizophrenics to have a disease that so terrorizes them to be idealized. But on the other hand the delusions can often be so unconsciously self-indulgent that the schizophrenic would rather not be cured.

Whatever the issue is, we don't seem to be hearing much from the schizophrenics about it. Do we? Unless Deleuze/Guatarri is only one person.

At any rate, "This Sentence is False" comes back around to this concept of the "Universal Producer". Let's have a look:

"The schizophrenic is the universal producer. There is no need to distinguish here between producing and its product. We need merely note that the pure "thisness" of the object produced is carried over into a new act of producing...the non-termination of the table is a necessary consequence of its mode of production."

$This Sentence Is False$ is both the subject and object of its discourse, both the speaking subject and the object referred to. It's redoubled circularity, a circularity that exists on multiple levels is bent into itself in such a manner that one category always remains unstable.

In this manner, the product can produce, the "this-ness" the self-reference, constitutes production itself. I am, I guess, what I am after all. This creative self-penetration allows the object to produce itself without having (like a food pooper) to take anything into itself.

I'm going to stop here . My initial reaction to this quite honestly is not favorable. One of the major problems of psychoanalysis and psychiatry is that there is a subject/object relationship between the doctor and the patient. What I'm seeing here is a continuation of that tradition. My problem with Freud was not reductivity to the body or hierarchical systems, but the act of analysis being a subject/object relationship, and a violent one at that, involving the breaking of a thing into pieces, and make cuts and incisions between this or that shape.

This will be a place where I can organize bits and pieces of information, and continue "Much Ado about Nothing," and (more or less) think out loud.

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