Lithosomes

“[a] vital materiality that runs through all bodies, both human and non-human.”*

The current prehistory demands to test the limits of critical thinking. To assemble conceptual and affective tools for navigation between old and new natures. There is a joyful exuberance and a melancholic resignation in not knowing again.

Neo-naiveté becomes more politically efficient than deconstruction.

In “pre” times we can work on ambiances, accommodate the non-organic, the non-human. We can aimlessly drift across infantile digital territories, multi-natures and pseudo-metaphysics.

Not a full regression, but rather an ontological flatness. Un-adjustable regimes of existence artificially intersecting for a moment. What moment? In the case of concretions that particular moment doesn’t even qualify as time.

A concretion (“trovant” in Romanian) is a compact mass of matter formed by the precipitation of mineral cement within the spaces between particles. Concretions are often ovoid or spherical in shape, although irregular shapes also occur.

The concretions are hyper-jumping from one “pre” to another, bypassing the homo-sapiens age in a blink of a stone pore.

The stone exists in another order of magnitude, a gigantic arch over humanity and life itself.

Lingering at the periphery of discourse. Works triggered not by questions but by an alienating disposition. Non-becoming rapports, non-hierarchical ways of interaction.

Nothing to interrogate. Who cares what it is peculiar to the human? Not even what is peculiar to the concretion.

A prolonged proximity. Trying to resonate with matter coming from an irrecoverable distance. An impossible intimacy.

Text by Ion Dumitrescu

* Bennett, Jane: Vibrant Matter. Duke University Press , 2010