Monday, February 2, 2009

Identity / same as 2:

d&G sketch a6-b8, Digital, 2-2-2009
Ken Weathersby
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Thanks to Michele for this
from Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze:

"Repetition is not generality. Repetition and generality must be distinguished in several ways...Repetition and resemblance are different in kind-- extremely so.

"Generality presents two major orders: the qualitative order of resemblances and the quantitative order of equivalences. Cycles and equalities are their respective symbols. But in any case, generality expresses a point of view according to which one term may be exchanged or substituted for another. The exchange or substitution or particulars defines our conduct in relation to generality... By contrast, we can see that repetition is a necessary and justified conduct and as a point of view concerns non-exchangeable and non-substitutable singularities. Reflections, echoes, doubles, and souls do not belong to the domain of resemblance or equivalence; and it is no more possible to exchange one's soul than it is to substitute real twins for one another. If exchange is the criterion of generality, theft and gift are those of repetition. There is, therefore, an economic difference between the two.

"To repeat is to behave in a certain manner, but in relation to something unique or singular which has no equal or equivalent. And perhaps this repetition at the level of external conduct echoes, for its own part, a more secret vibration which animates it, a more profound, internal repetition within the singular. This is the apparent paradox of festivals: they repeat the 'unrepeatable.' They do not add a second and a third time to the first, but carry the first to the 'nth' power. With respect to this power, repetition interiorizes and therefore reverses itself: as Peguy says, it is not Federation Day which commemorates or represents the fall of the Bastille, but the fall of the Bastille which celebrates and repeats in advance all the Federation Days; or Monet's first water lily which repeats all the others..."

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