Experimenting Face to the Anthropocene: An Image of the Earth-Thought from a Symptomatic Earth’s Line
This paper aims to reactivate Deleuze and Guattari’s geophilosophy, making it coherent with their perspective, in a particular and situated locus, in order to experiment with the traits of a new germinal image of thought. Such a locus comes from South American literature and the decolonialist point of view, whose strategic importance is growing in importance in relation to the Anthropocene. This singular locus is in its turn a particular locality: the equatorial line as it is described by Grado Cero, a collective book edited by Esteban Ponce Ortiz within an interdisciplinary project developed at Universidad de las Artes of Guayaquil (Ecuador), which concerns authors including Jorge Carrera Andrade, Leonardo Valencia, Édouard Glissant, Walter Mignolo, Enrique Dussel, and also Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jules Verne. One of the most interesting elements of such a work in relation to the DARE conference is the virtual connection with Deleuze’s reading of Melville as a pragmatist thinker engaged in the project of the invention of “a people to come,” a people composed of a community (and complicity) of imagining subjects, which in its turn should rise from a worldview as “a process and an archipelago,” like the Galapagos Islands (described in Melville, The Encantadas, to which Deleuze refers in Essays Critical and Clinical).
Following various theoretical frameworks critiquing the Eurocentric, anthropocentric, and colonial view of the Anthropocene, and intersecting it with Deleuze’s concept of becoming- minor in literature and in the arts, this paper will try to connect this to a theoretical act by the equinoctial condition. Such a theoretical act could be conceived as the attempt to renew a plane of immanence towards a situated and decolonial geophilosophy.