In the face of the structuralization of things through evolving modelization, we must speak, as Guattari once did, of metamodels, interactive designs and representations of present, everyday systems that do not seek to control, but to unleash collective powers, human and nonhuman, organic and technical, by seeking out exit points and escape routes, places where the margins leak and holey spaces grow wider. Metamodelization is about those blind spots in control, about trying to find them and amplifying them in turn. Design, particularly when separated from the commodity circus, could contribute to the creation of just such a thing: design not as lifestyle enhancement, but as intervention, penetrating the smooth functioning of a system to create some sort of transformation. Design would thus operate as an imaginal machine, the coming-together of elements that appear as if coming from the outside (even if such a thing can longer be properly talked about), and by intervening in open-ended way to point towards a new outside by putting individual and collective imaginal machine into play. But before one could even approach the question of design, and its interrelated rhythms of aesthetics, architecture, and media, a designer-militant would have to go about overcoming the limits pushed upon the disciplines.
It may very well be that we can no longer say the word “revolution”; tinkering and mutation are far more equitable to an age when the anti-capitalism and utopian ambitions of the Old Left must be formally rejected. Processes of metamodelization intrinsically reject the concept of the totality, and giving up on totalities entails giving up utopias, those guideposts towards revolutionary territory. This isn’t to say that mutating systems will spontaneously create new orders; our time isn’t one with the space for naïve optimism. This means that agency, intent, and will must be renewed, and if we find them to be an impossibility, then let the myth of their existence be followed and perpetuated it. They must, however, be subsumed within the symbolic coordinates to be courted from within the everyday’s existential territories. If we are to have a new set of coordinates, let them be built around a radically innovative counter-knowledge, a knowledge bursting with emancipatory energies, one that rejects anthropocentrism, realizes our human limitations, and be of the earth and the cosmos. This is nothing short of a new ethics, an ethics for mutants with dimensions of disconnection. If this sounds like too grand of a program, and too close to the utopias of old, consider this: there is no exodus to be found, yet if the abstract machine continues its rhythmic evolution as it is, we will, at best, continue on to integrate into its circuitry, become utterly calculated and coordinated by cybernetic rationality. At worst we will be swept away as dust, along with the planet we have so coldly brutalized.