Posted by: Johan Normark | March 29, 2009

Folding fluids

I am a proponent for an ontology of fluidity, complexity, and multiplicity. I am against ontologies of solids, reductionism, and oneness (quite common in mainstream archaeology). Materiality (artifacts, ruins, postholes, mountains) are seen as fluid, ever changing (with different durations and intensities), connecting to other materialities, forming complex multiplicities. Water is such a materiality, responsible for creating caves which are my current focus. Here is a suitable quote from Deleuze’s book on Leibniz and the critical idea of the fold:

“Matter thus offers an infinitely porous, spongy, or cavernous texture without emptiness, caverns endlessly contained in other caverns: no matter how small, each body contains a world pierced with irregular passages, surrounded and penetrated by an increasingly vaporous fluid, the totality of the universe resembling a “pond of matter in which there exist different flows and waves” [Leibniz].

Deleuze, Gilles (1993) The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis.

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