Reflection: Last week’s entries prompted less close attention to the text than perhaps in previous weeks. I attempted to pull together a few thoughts on panorama, eastern philosophies and the work of John Cage. Anne offered a note on her work regarding photography, the everyday, the work of Richard Wentworth and with a link to kairos – which was the topic of the main entry last week, and arguably one of the most significant statements on the Neutral in terms of its place in a wider philosophical terrain. James also reminded us of the difficulty, if not mistaken practice, of pointing to – or ‘reading off’ – the Neutral from distinct works of art.
Perhaps it is fair to suggest we have reached a certain moment of wou-wei in our engagement with the Neutral and with our weekly reading. By this I mean there is a ‘nonaction’ in terms of there being less comments placed here online. Nonetheless, as per the text we can understand this by no means a ‘will-to-die’, but rather a some kind of dodge or disorientation. There is so much to ponder, it becomes difficult to respond immediately in sentences. The Neutral as a notion and as a text baffles us in the most intriguing kind of way. So: In coming to the end of the text I sense only a beginning, or a panorama of the Neutral…
Session of June 3, 2011 (pp. 182-209: Wou-wei (Continued) / The Androgyne / Intensities / To Give Leave / Fright)
The entries for the final lecture delievered by Barthes included a continuation of Wou-wei and also The Androgyne. These are the main focus for this final Reading Group Session. However, the text also includes three Annex materials which may be of interest: Intensities, To Give Leave, and Fright. In addition to these specific entries for this week, a wide range of final responses would also be greatly welcomed. Indeed it would be nice to archive here in this final session as many acknowledgements – however brief – of one’s brush with the text… (as if our collective signing of a farewell card…)