OUR COLUMNIST AVILA ON DELEUZE AND REPETITION:
‘Well… I’m afraid that you just blinded me… That is a very complicated book since it touches many subjects very deeply an controversially… There are some ideas in it that I agree with, and others that I don’t. For example, I agree with the principle on Deleuze’s philosophy claiming that “we should seek the most complete expression of reality as possible but that this requires creation rather than discovery”, and that is when repetition takes place since for Deleuze, can only describe a unique series of things or events. The Borges story in which Pierre Menard reproduces the exact text of Don Quixote is a quintessential repetition: the repetition of Cervantes in Menard takes on a magical quality by virtue of its translation into a different time and place. For Deleuze, Art is often a source of repetition because no artistic use of an element is ever truly equivalent to other uses in time, like the murder committed by Hamlet which I painted (and Canete has a picture somewhere) upon which as an artist, I tried to represent as such, joining the abstract realm of eternal return.
Deleuze affirms that real thinking is one of the most difficult challenges there is (and I agree), and that thinking requires a confrontation with stupidity, the state of being formlessly human without engaging any real problems. One discovers that the real path to truth is through the production of sense: the creation of a texture for thought that relates it to its object. The problem is that he doesn’t give a clear explanation (in my opinion) of what sense is other than some sort of empathic attribution (the transfer of somebody’s own feelings and emotions to an object such as a painting). I prefer this view: Newton’s second law of physics states (in other words) that the influence necessary to cause a positive movement on a body should be equal to the entire mass of the body multiplied by the speed in which this body adjusts to its natural space. We know that generally the mass society exerts a low speed of adaptation to its environment, so we could deduce that the necessary force which should be applied to avoid falling into the abyss, must be directly proportional to its mass.’