DIFFERENCE AS A MODEL OF IDENTITY
By positioning his meditation on difference and repetition in critique of Plato's crossroads decision that there is a notion of strict differentiation between the Model and a Copy, Deleuse reconceptualized ocean of truth and authenticity, originality and derived, the primordial and what follows, identity and non-equality. In this simulated world of fantasy the very notion of the model and the very concept of a copy are challenged.
Here the difference as a model can be understood not as the ideal mold for the 'sameness', not as the essence of the 'same' that is analogous to truth, but as an opportunity to obtain a copy whose quality is not in similarities with what was originally in the model, but in what is non-equal and different in the copy.
Purely moral outcome arises in restoring, searching and respecting differences and diversity, and in stopping automated hierarchy by which the differences are subordinated to similarity and identity, which guaranteed that the 'sameness' is mapped into 'good'.
After Plato, the built world of the representation in the form of illusion of thinking substantiates the original notion in thinking subject, who subordinats the difference to principle of identity concept.
In the perceptual subordination of difference to similarity, the similarity does not have to be an exact similarity of copy to the model, but the similarity of sensual with itself. The illusion in the form of representation that corresponds to sensory evens out variety of quantity and quality, so that the identity of the concept can be applicable to the representation itself, which makes that the intensity of difference is felt less when compared to quality of similarity.
Illusion of an Idea mystifies the power of the negative, in the form of opposition and limitation, by subordinating the difference to itself. Setting up the Idea as a 'problem' brings it in the relationship with its conditions, determines it and establishes the positivity of the problem. There we can not talk about ignorance and conflict at thinking subject, but of the capability to produce attitudes that generate problem as a response, ie case solution.
Affirmation, or the difference without negation, sets the being of the problem outside the being of the negative, that seems to belong only to the conscious. The Idea-Problem is by nature non-conscious, and the very notion of affirmation in consciousness makes the illusion of negative disappear.
Tatjana Stratimirović (b. 1969 Belgrade) is an architect. She graduated, obtained MSc and PhD degree at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture, in the field of architectural design and contemporary architecture, focusing on phenomenology of architecture. At the same university she is engaged in educating architects for the last 20 years. Tatjana is the founder of the award-winning professional practice NEO arhitekti, together with Snežana Vesnić and Vladimir Milenković, since 2000. She is an author of the book 'Uninterrupted Space - Modern House'. In the period 2012-2016 she chaired subsection the regional committee of Belgrade of engineers of architecture - home section of designers, in Serbian Chamber of Engineers. She is co-author of the of the exhibition the Pavillion of Republic of Serbia at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (Architecture Biennale, 2008). She is married, mother of three.