I will give a keynote speech at 'the 5th International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference Singapore'. (see http://tonysee.wixsite.com/deleuzesingapore2017)
A how to live and how to make live in escaping from fascism
In a fascist-making society like ours, in the Foucauldian sense of fascism in the Preface of Anti-Oedipus, the most urgent task is to find a way of both living (ethics) and making live (politics) in escaping from fascist way of life. The fascist-making mechanism is processed at the unconscious level, so we should be careful not to stay at the conscious phenomena but to "make the Unconscious" as Deleuze & Guattari said. But how can we make the Unconscious consciously? What is the meaning of making the Unconscious?
The unconscious is not a mysterious area in the mind as Freud put it, but a concrete material world, our capitalist society. We are deluded to think and act free in this ready-made world ("striated space") with no doubt. But in fact, we are subject to the space-makers who are not necessarily human. Especially in the capitalist society we are made to desire to be slaves, being trapped in an infinite circuit where we must spend all the lives to earn money to pay debts called existences. In such conditions, making the unconscious means to change such striated space into smooth one where events ever new might happen and we could be free to think and act at our will.
This change could be made only first by shaking the established orders and then by constituting the desired ones. What are the best means? To our surprise Deleuze & Guattari proposed the revolutionary forces of art and science. Art already finds ways to act violently upon our nervous systems and bring us back to the real lives. Science always gives us lenses through which to see the world clearer and differently. Art and science have power to change both ourselves (ethics) and others (politics). They are good means to make the unconscious and liberate us.
Jae-Yin KIM teaches at the Department of Philosophy, Seoul National University (Korea), where he completed his PhD thesis on “Non-Humanist Ontology in Deleuze”. He has recently been a researcher at Institute of Philosophy, Seoul National University and a Junior Fellow at the Transdisciplinary Program Independent Research Group, Korea Institute for Advanced Study. He is an author of Reading Deleuze on the Street of Revolution (2016), Leaked is State, not Samsung: Diagnosis of State, Capital and MERS with Deleuze and Guattari (2015) and of chapters of many books. He has written several articles on modern European philosophy, aesthetics and politics concerning Spinoza, Baumgarten, Hume, Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, Uexküll, Bergson, Deleuze & Guattari and Foucault. He is also researching themes on time, causality, Buddhism, and mind. He translated many philosophical books into Korean, including Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari’s two volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Anti-Oedipe & Mille Plateaus), Gilles Deleuze’s Le Bergsonisme, Richard Kearney’s States of Minds and John Rajchman’s The Deleuze Connections, etc.