Fukushima Mon Amour : Unnatural Nuptial or Unnatural Participation in Guattarian Ecosophy

Toshiya Ueno

conference: DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials
date: November 21, 2017
venue: Orpheus Institute, Auditorium
format: in words
practice: philosophy
keywords: Félix Guattari

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This paper belongs to my project that grapples with comparative theoretical analysis between Félix Guattari’s ecosophy (a philosophy of ecology or virtual ecology) and post- war Japanese literature or thought. My incipient attempt deals with Japanese novel The Woman in the Dunes (1962) by Abe Kobo and the film of the same title on which he collaborated (1964). (Abe was a friend of Guattari in the 1980s, while Guattari addressed Abe’s novels in his essay.) This intertextual or transversal reading leads to another film and script, Hiroshima mon amour (1959) written by Marguerite Duras, in terms of the memory of the singular event such as a fatal love or environmental catastrophe.

The paper intends to dig through potential layers of thought that clarify and reconsider the notion of “unnatural nuptials” (or “unnatural participation”) by Deleuze and Guattari, especially as the model of uncanny coupling or strange symbiosis of (in)humans. The famous example of wasps and orchids in Deleuze and Guattari here is employed to explain not only the Body without Organs or machinic assemblages but also the alliance and contagions of uncanny love and conviviality. To think and survive after the Fukushima disaster, this paper presents a trans-local critical platform for potential discussions, for loving and coupling in intimate spheres, which definitely pertains to the ecology of mind, affect, and information.

about the author(s)

Toshiya Ueno

Toshiya Ueno is a professor, critic, and TJ/DJ at the Department of Transcultural Studies, Faculty of Representational Studies, Wako University, Tokyo, and a visiting professor at the Department of East Asia Studies, McGill University, Montreal 2007–12 (winter semesters). In the 1980s he was involved with free pirate radio in Tokyo, which Felix Guattari visited and did a workshop with. He has published numerous books in Japanese on critical theory, cultural studies, and social philosophy and is currently preparing a book on Guattari. Among his publications in English are “Guattari and Japan” in Félix Guattari in the Age of Semiocapitalism, edited by Gary Genosko (Deleuze Studies special issue 6 [2], 2012) and “Unlearning to Raver,” in The Post Subcultures Reader, edited by David Muggleton and Rupert Weinzierl, Berg, 2003.

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