Sorting Guattari

by jasminmatzakow

Guattari sorted copy

When I read The Three Ecologies by Félix Guattari for the first time, I was struck by the depressive and pessimistic view of our society, which seemed to predict that everything was going to hell. Reading the text decades after it was written, it seemed that no solutions have been found, and if anything the problems have gotten worse. Guattari’s rampant writing style adds to the breathlessness with which I read. I got the impression that I could deal with his ideas better if I could cut out his rage, which is why I started rearranging The Three Ecologies. I cut as I read and piled up snippets of text in the categories: predictions of a chaotic future, descriptions of present problems, attempts at solutions, psychoanalysis. My attempt is not to analyse the concepts of the ecologies but to be able to enter the text in the first place. As the text turned into little pieces, I realised how many ideas for solutions he offers, but they had drowned in the negative chaos when I read the first time. In fact, the pile with attempts at solutions is the biggest.
The part I named psychoanalysis is the clearest to read. It is well structured, lacks the rambling writing style, and I have hardly taken it apart. Why is this the only part of his ecologies that I detect so clearly? This question stays with me, and I will have to read the text many more times before I will be able to answer it.


(Félix Guattari, The Three Ecologies, London: Athlone Press, 2000.)