monade (diskontinuierliche Endlichkeit)
-2015-monade (diskontinuierliche Endlichkeit)
|Instrumentation:||clarinet in A, cello, piano|
|Premiere:||10 january 2016, Paris; Ensemble Aleph (Dominique Clément, Christophe Roy, Sylvie Drouin)|
|Duration:||approx. 10 minutes|
|Commissioned by:||Ensemble Aleph|
|Score:||Contact the composer|
Monad (from Greek μονάς monas, “unit” in turn from μόνος monos, “alone”)
The monad, the word and the idea, belongs to the western philosophical tradition and has been used by various authors, most famously by Leibniz that designates the monad as metaphysical point (without extension) in which the entire universe is reflected.
Monads are manifest, they are everywhere, and there is no extension without monads. They are, then, the plenum, that is to say, the condition of an infinitely dense universe, but nevertheless they are unextended. However, this doesn’t mean that they lack of any function (as far as they project and reflect force), matter (since they come with it) or that they are extended (considering that they don’t interact with anything in the world).
The ‘intensive infinity’ within the monad is in excess of any concept. Monadic fullness is dizzying, ‘confused.’ The infinity within the monad is infinitely analyzable, which means that it cannot be captured by a finite consciousness, but is lost for intentionality. Nonetheless, this loss is not an abstract negation of knowledge, since the monad has all the complex determinacy of an intensive gathering of relations.
The ‘pregnant’ fullness of the monad intends no mythic re-enchantment of nature. On the contrary, it definitively secularizes temporality, and shows how the modern notion of progress reintroduces the Christian via recta into the representation of time.
monade (diskontinuierliche Endlichkeit) – Oscillation measures the failure of a limit to exist.
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