In “Semblance and Event,” Brian Massumi, drawing on the work of William James , Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and others, develops the concept of. Following ideas, images, sensations and intense affects charted by William James, Alfred North Whitehead and Gilles Deleuze, Brian Massumi. Events are always passing; to experience an event is to experience the passing. But how do we perceive an experience that encompasses the just-was and the.

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Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts

The ‘is’ of ‘to be’ is ‘becoming’. Massumi’s writing combines the delight of an attractive scene made magical and the unease of the familiar rendered unreliable. But attend as you might, you find nothing to look at. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Alan znd it it was ok Mar 20, What has been is still. The copula is mistreated badly; torn from its bearings in space and time. Dawn Tritch rated it did not like it Apr 14, Following ideas, images, sensations and intense affects charted by William James, Alfred North Whitehead and Gilles Deleuze, Brian Massumi invites us into an aesthetic meditation that is also a meditation on art.

As pictured in Isabelle Stengers’s generous blurb, Massumi’s prose achieves ‘indiscernibility’ between disciplines and experiences. For instance, imagine a represented and familiar scene where all that is missing is the sign for a departed loved-one.


Brian Massumi, Semblance and Event: Arts of Experience, Politics of Expression – PhilPapers

Andrew rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Each one of these is singular and not common. It does not therefore depend evenh what does or vrian not transform something else, but rather whether there is or is not transformation in any given case. Amanda J rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Instead of abstraction Massumi seeks immersion. We’d be very wrong to conclude that his art cannot be event-like in the same way as contemporary dance by Cunningham, as championed by Massumi.

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Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts by Brian Massumi

Massumi develops a critique of perspective in landscapes because formal order is imposed on the virtual potential of non-sensuous events, that is, events where perception and sensibility are set in motion through affective and bodily movements which break subject-object relations.


The reality of the world exceeds that of objects, for the simple reason that where objects are, there has also been their becoming.

No keywords specified fix it. History of Western Philosophy. Meditation calls for commentary. Massumi is giving us an alternative line of thought which defines existence as event and event as complex and multiple becoming.

His phraseology is elegant, simple and enticingly set in motion through a discrete counter-point of puzzles and partial answers. It nags at you. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

The philosopher should not be so easily led towards a final extreme point, because each of the earlier passages was such a point and because the latest field of detonation will fade too and take its place in another sequence.

On Deleuze’s Reversal of Time and Movement.

Middlethought rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Ideas and experiences are elevated above the heavy and messy work of construction, conflict and friction.