Possible Bodies

For Opacity

Item number: 057
Item title: For Opacity
Author(s) of the item: Édouard Glissant, Simone Browne, Zach Blas
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 1990
Entry of the item into the inventory: 9 May 2017

"We clamor for the right to opacity for everyone."

"There is a part in Glissant’s 'For Opacity' from his Poetics of Relation where he argues that Western thought’s pathological demand for understanding is underwritten by hierarchies and a 'requirement of transparency.' He writes that 'in order to understand and thus accept you, I have to measure your solidity with the ideal scale providing me with grounds to make comparisons and, perhaps, judgments, I have to reduce.' He says we must do away with 'the scale.'” (Beyond the Internet and All Control Diagrams, Simone Browne in conversation with Zach Blas)