8. Crease, Robert P. The Play of Nature: Experimentation as Performance. Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis: 1993.
The physiognomic. Robert Crease, in “Play of Nature: Experimentation as Performance” defines physiognomic metaphors as creative rather than filtrative – where the “entire tissue of our experience is reoriented.” Our understanding is created rather than directed, restructuring how we see and feel something. For this project: Where is health a live space, of hypothesis, experiment? Where hypotheses are not simply the lens through which we apply some sense of “knowledge” and/or in order to formulate our understanding of the world. But instead where hypotheses are developed collaboratively, as a challenge, to see what will work, if something will work, …and, what next action steps it calls us to.
(Massumi, again, in conversation with Crease’s notion of Experiment as fundamental to Performance and Science: “Invention requires experimentation. …If you know where you will end up when you begin, nothing has happened in the meantime.”
“You have left your readers with a very special gift…a problem…That’s where the experimentation begins… then the openness of the system will spread…if [they find what they have read] compelling, …Creative contagion.”).