2016 ~ Sunday March 20 ~ Roaming Assembly # 4 ~ FAILURE TO TRANSMIT: ‘Untransmittable form in the perpetual tension of the paradox’, talk by Antke Engel
Untransmittable form in the perpetual tension of the paradox
by Antke Engel
The most concrete untransmittable form for Engel is the paradox. And, luckily, the notion „untransmittable form“ is a paradox in itself. Either it is untransmittable, then it cannot be form. Or it is form, then it cannot be untransmittable. Formulated like this, it is a contradiction. Yet, if we claim that that nevertheless, there is something like untransmittable form, then this must be a paradox.
Antke Engel presented the paradox as a dynamic, anti-identitarian, and agonistic mode of tension. Yet, it is not a linear tension, extending between two poles, but a circular tension of ‘reconciled irreconcilability.’ The particular dynamic resulting from this constellation is what forms or is forming (a verb, rather than a noun), without turning “transmittable”.