Without a Trace | drawing and the failing line
A trace has neither subject nor object; it is made up of variously formed materials, of very different dates and speeds. As soon as a trace is attributed to a subject, this working of materials and the exteriority of their relations is disregarded.
A beneficent God is invented for geological movements. In a book, as in everything else, there are lines of articulation or segmentation, strata, territorialities; but also lines of journey, movements of de-territorialisation and of de-stratification. The comparative rates of flow along these lines produce phenomena of relative slowness and viscosity, or alternatively of precipitation and rupture. All this, these lines and measurable speeds, constitute an assemblage. A trace is such an arrangement, and as such, un-attributable. It is a multiplicity – but we still don’t know what the multiple implies when it ceases to be attributed, that is to say, when it is raised to the status of a substantive. An operative arrangement is orientated toward the strata that undoubtedly make of it a kind of organism, either a signifying totality or a determination attributable to a subject, but it is orientated no less toward a line without traces that never ceases to break down the system, causing a-signifying particles to pass and circulate freely, pure intensities, an causing the attribution to itself of objects to which it allows no more than a name as trace of an intensity.
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