Incubating spirits: The aesthetics of co-esse
Granger, Michael Andrew
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A phenomenological study of nineteenth century Spiritualism can unearth the hidden exposition of poesis located in séance rooms. Here, Spiritualism will be painted as a meditation on the aesthetics of imagining a subject starting from the aisthetic singularity of co-presence--a spirit-world: the disposition of the exposition between-beings--and from the sleepy hypnotized world of feeling toward a nascent subjectivity. In other words, the materializations of spirits from mediums and on photographic plates were subtle recreations of the subject's birth only after the postulation of a world coming to presence. Mediums fell into hypnosis to reinvent the death that precedes the birth of the earliest subjectivity. Hypnosis is then the germ of aesthetics. Our study will move from the birth of the subject's aesthetic supplement, to the concept of formal change in the subject's birth, and finally to the possibility of freedom in the 'diseased state' of hypnosis. Readings of Nancy, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kant, Levinas, Malabou, and Marion will be of particular interest in forwarding the claim that the materialization of spirits in its most rudimentary form shows that others are our own difference, our own possibility.