Massumi & Manning: For a Pragmatics of the Useless Propositions for Thought


Erin Manning is a cultural theorist, political philosopher, and practicing visual artist. She currently holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University and is the founder and director of SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. In her writing, Manning addresses various topics related to thought and politics in a field between dance and new technology, the convergence of cinema, animation, and new media. Her focus is on the senses, philosophy, and politics, as well as on the political and micropolitics of sensation and performance art. Her publications include: Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (2009), Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty(2007), and Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home, and Identity in Canada (2003).

Brian Massumi is a political theorist, writer, and philosopher. He teaches in the Communication Sciences Department at the Université de Montréal and is well known for his English translation of several major texts in French post-structural theory including Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus and Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition. In addition, Massumi’s research is two-fold: the experience of movement and the interrelations between the senses, particularly in the context if new media art and technology; and the emergent moves of power associated with the globalization of capitalism and the rise of preemptive politics. His authored books include Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts (2011) and Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (2002). Massumi is also the editor of A Shock to Thought: Expression After Deleuze and Guattari (2002) and The Matrixial Borderspace: Essays by Bracha Ettinger (1997).


2 Responses to “Massumi & Manning: For a Pragmatics of the Useless Propositions for Thought”

  1. troyrhoades Says:

    Reblogged this on Drops of Experience and commented:
    Courtesy of ANTHEM, here is an excellent talk on the importance of the useless by Erin Manning (my former PhD advisor) and Brian Massumi (my current Post-doc supervisor.

  2. dmfant Says:

    Reblogged this on synthetic_zero and commented:

    this outline of their work at sense-lab and beyond comes very close to the kind of virtual workshop/lab/studio that I would hope that this space becomes for people to collaborate on making differences that make a difference in their lives and their communities.

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