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Crystal Seed

It is a known fact that during the stages of establishing modern sociology, the two schools were in conflict with each other at the beginning of the 20th century. On the one side Emile Durkheim was trying to separate sociology from psychology and philosophy as a separate branch and was considering people as a whole subject at the extension of the Cartesian thought; on the other hand Gabriel Tarde was considering psychology in a living concept which could deal with people, animals and even plants. At the same time based on Leibniz and Tarde were realizing Durkheim’s criticism who was realizing Descartes’s criticism. 

When modern philosophy’s Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari turned their back on Durkheim, the founder of modernism, and leaned on Tarde, they emphasized that the living creatures called humans could not be held separate from animals and plants. 

This heterogeneous structure can be seen in Ali Kazma’s videos: The closeness and distance between robot- machine, human-machine and animal-machine take a significant place in our present day classifications. In a sense “desiring machines” belong to this conceptualization that belongs to this union. Desire is reciprocated and emerges in a machinical layout. Crystal faces us as the element in which this “machinisation’s” seed is formed. The physical, psychological, psycho-technical and biological individual idea we can call pre-individual operates in connection with idea of existence instead of just existence. Crystal is the seed of this type of individualization process. 

The seed is potentially functional as a new machinic tool of a technical union process. The living entities that succeeded in manipulating the tools used by the living are also the tool using entities and the living entities at the same time, especially after the industrial revolution. ‘Crystal Seed’ combines Human-Machine-Animal structure as a potential. In this work, Ali Kazma not only shows us the crafts and the craftsmen but also deals with, and presents to us, the process we have described above.

Ali Akay

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