1. Massumi, Brian. Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation. Post Contemporary Interventions, Ed. Fish, Stanley, Jameson, Fredric. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2002.
What is the how, the movement space, of momentum and motion, between a beginning and end, that is not limited (only) by linearity, but the idea of a transition space, a capacity to “affect and be affected,” as a present potential?
“Intensity is the unassimilable.”
“…All of this is to say that feedback and feed-forward, or recursivity, in addition to converting distance into intensity, folds the dimensions of time into each other.”
*See “there is something beyond this time / Is this Time?” under “Prior Posts” tab.
For this project: What happens in the resonation space? In terms of visual and in-motion landscapes (of bodies, light, film), the question is regarding how we can explore the openness that emerges, and in radical, operationalized hope, begins to develop its own frequencies out from between poles of despair and denial, (these poles themselves static and fixing us along the way). in some notion of difference between expectation (this is how it must turn out!) and expectancy (is this release?), how to explore an openness that folds out (and us with it) to what is.
For this project: Massumi speaks of the “conversion of surface distance into intensity as also the conversion of the materiality of the body into an event.” He calls it a “relay” between “corporeal and incorporeal dimensions” – in which we see the possibility for a body to interact with its own diagnosis, for artful event to curiously encounter itself, its participants, the actualizing, the aptitude of bodies in space together. Massumi, referencing Spinoza, defines the body in terms of its (or as a capacity to enter into) “relations of movement and rest,” – a “capacity that is a power (or potential) to affect or be affected.” Here, he defines “relation between movement and rest” as another way to say “transition.” Massumi asks us to consider bodily intensity: in what sense does the body coincide with its own transitions, and its transitioning with its potential?