The Infinite

The Infinite

Project scope

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern — William Blake

Michel de Montaigne wrote, “Thousands are wrecked in port.” This project is about the alternate to security, globalism, and evolving systems of power, placed under the concept of the infinite. This is not a religious concept, at least in how we understand and use it. The infinite is opposed to the absolute. There is no reduction, but rather multiplication: an infinite field, and an infinite number of paths. At the same time, we are cognisant of the breaking down of orders and the procession towards chaos in military and political theory. So our thinking about infinity is not a simple binary between order and disorder, or between the State and anarchism.

The infinite is also a concept that opens up questions on the physical constitution of the known universe, which is a subject matter we believe is — and surprisingly so — neglected in social and political thought and action. In our understanding, figures and thinkers like Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and others represent a new wave of materialist orientation, one that shares little to almost zero with the historical materialism of Marx, outside of an empathy for the downtrodden. Rather, this materialism is one of forces and the complex interplay of material factors in behaviour, both at group levels and individually, and in the context of specific institutions, assemblages of the same, and the State itself, which constitutes a powerful, if ephemeral, force in everyday life.

Exploring the notion of the infinite is, for us, a way of opening out history beyond the strict confines of human history, and into the vast interplay of myriad other factors, whether ecology and environment, sexuality and evolution, or patterns of thinking and action whose origins are difficult to trace precisely, and yet nonetheless inform totality profoundly. It is also a means to break with all limits of concepts — even useful ones — in pursuit of free thinking or poetry or dreams or visions.