Complex Singularities

Adventures in Thinking Outside the Tower
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To say something is overdetermined is to say that it is a flawed construct that nevertheless has a certain hand in (re)determining itself through the medium of its affects in the world.              

Zizekian Moment

I think I just experienced a Žižekian moment. Bear with me as I work out what I think I mean by this… Something I have always admired in the work of Slavoj Žižek is his ability to excise a Symbolic anchor from someplace in the world of words and images (which could be anything, a […]

Moments Worth Holding On To

I’m sitting in the Drake Café, at the border of West Queen West in Toronto, sipping a coffee and marking the last paper of my summer graduate course. After an hour-long walk up through Roncesvalles village where I live, and down Queen, in increasing frustration as I looked for a non-Starbucks café open past 8pm […]

“Our best machines are made of sunshine”

Our best machines are made of sunshine; they are all light and clean because they are nothing but signals, electromagnetic waves, a section of a spectrum and those machines are eminently portable, mobile – a matter of immense human pain in Detroit and Singapore. ~ Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto” Speaking of art theory, sometimes […]

Art Theory?

If bands like Pink Floyd, tapping deep into an experimental vein of music, were producing something thought of as “Art Rock,” is it useful to think of experimental thought as “Art Theory”?


I’ve been thinking about aphorisms this morning, and how I think I want to start including them in this blog. I have always been drawn to aphorisms, to short pithy statements, little nuggets of thought. The Oxford defines them as “general truths” or short statements of a scientific principle—e.g., “Every action has an equal and […]

Complex Singularities: Second Pass

The idea for the title of this blog, Complex Singularities, comes from a certain way of thinking about discourse—discourse as event. For this I have to thank Brian Massumi who during my Ph.D. training gave an inspired course on Discourse Analysis that didn’t contain, to my memory, a single reading about “discourse”. The course was […]