The contemplative researcher lives aloof from society, a silent and unseen example it would seem. How is he to share his refined sensitivities, his ascetic and indeed aesthetic findings in ways that reveal their hidden purpose?

Problematisation in Laubies's work

In "Problematization in Laubies's deconstructive work" (ca 2008), problematization initially performed as a prudent probe; but its action went beyond mere problem proposal. It flattened and distorted, marked and defaced, underrode and de-meaned ones own creative urge. It eradicated totally and left in the lurch a crass mistrust that snubbed 'all reliance on technique and virtuosity' (Laubies, 2001, Aphorism No. 9). Its importance may be gauged through indexical aids and performative provisos such as unparsed automatistic paleo-climatology, intertextuality and aleatoricism. These are not to be read for their assumed inventiveness, but reckoned nonetheless for the spatial sphere that at a very high frequency or stratum, let us say, "had recourse to a god" (Zoetmulder). Through its inbuilt resolve and resolution, Rene Laubies's problematization was more or less left to chance.

In a related sense, participation in what had earlier been depicted as "deconstructive practice" was tantamount to drawing on the cognitive means by which perception as a culturally acquired and shielded edifice was ousted by transordinate structures faithful to the process of defamiliarization and the destabilizing all known things. What on earth was left to be unearthed?

Lightness over pale-blue line of horizon,
The untrodden beach under baking sun.
But exactly how this came about was anyone's adventure.


P. J. Zoetmulder, Kalangwan: a survey of old Javanese literature. The Hague : Martinus Nijhoff, 1974.

Laubies, Aphorism No. 9 (2001)

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