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Chapter 28. Guerilla Hermeneutics – Becoming a respirateur

“I like living, breathing, better than working. I don’t think that the work I’ve done can have any social importance whatsoever in the future. Therefore, if you wish, my art would be that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral. It’s a sort of constant euphoria.”1 What Marcel […]

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Chapter 13. Reconnecting with the “great outside”? On the inside.

What is the great Outside? It is the great Inside? Maybe? As Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung quotes M. NourbeSe Philip: “We begin life in a propositional relationship with breath: someone breathes for us.”1 Is the great outside an illusion? The ontological sphere which cannot be grasp yet only understand through human subjectivity (as stated by […]

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Chapter 12. Riddle me this OOO.

In his interesting book on Mallarmé, Quentin Meillassoux notices the arbitrary of hermeneutics and hermetic texts in a dialectical approach. Many exegetes of Mallarmé’s famous poem “Dice Throw” try to solve the mystery of how the poem is made: does Mallarmé implanted a code or not? Is this important one might ask to understand the […]

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Chapter 7. The poetics of inhale, gap, exhale: the double signifier without a signified

A personal note as a pre-text (even if there are no pre-texts) to this entry: Recently I got a tattoo over my left elbow on my triceps: It reads  I thought I did a great job, creating this tattoo and was very happy about it, until I re-read Lacan’s The Agency of the Letter in the […]

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Chapter 3. Breathing as diffraction – “reading diffractively”

Allow me to quote Evelien Geerts and Iris van der Tuin’s entry about diffraction1. They start with the classical physics aiming at the difference Karen Barad puts into the term:  “According to classical physics, diffraction is a physical phenomenon that comes into being when a multitude of waves encounter an obstacle upon their path, and/or […]

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Chapter 2. Keeping in Breath – Schleiermacher and OOO

There are many ways to encounter doing hermeneutics. What is the praxeology of dark hermeneutics? What do you do? Do you follow a dark circle to the core of the text, the meaning, truth? Or do you try to melt down your own horizon to the one the text is offering?  Remember: inhale, hold, exhale […]

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Chapter 1. “Breathe in, hold, breathe out” – practicing a dark hermeneutic circle

Dark hermeneutics is about breathing or more precise it is about the gap between inhale and exhale, which can be short if you are running up the stairs getting to the top of a building or long if you trained and practiced your breathwork. Yes, even breathing can be work and so is interpretation.  In […]

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Dark Hermeneutics

Despite the current rising tide of titles which contain the qualia “dark” like Timothy Morton’s “Dark Ecology” or David Roden’s “Dark Phenomenology” this blog aims at a slightly different “Dark dot dot dot”. “Dark Hermeneutics” is not a revival of a classical method of reading and interpreting literature – it is not a zombie. It […]

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