Semblance And Event: Activist Philosophy And The Occurrent Arts

Paperback | August 16, 2013

byBrian Massumi

not yet rated|write a review

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 is-about-to-be as much as what is actually present? In Semblance and Event, Brian Massumi, drawing on the work of William James, Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and others, develops the concept of "semblance" as a way to approach this question.

It is, he argues, a question of abstraction, not as the opposite of the concrete but as a dimension of it: "lived abstraction." A semblance is a lived abstraction. Massumi uses the category of the semblance to investigate practices of art that are relational and event-oriented -- variously known as interactive art, ephemeral art, performance art, art intervention -- which he refers to collectively as the "occurrent arts." Each art practice invents its own kinds of relational events of lived abstraction, to produce a signature species of semblance. The artwork''s relational engagement, Massumi continues, gives it a political valence just as necessary and immediate as the aesthetic dimension.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$20.65 online
$26.00 list price
Out of stock online

From the Publisher

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 is-about-to-be as much as what is actually present? In Semblance and Event, Brian Massumi, drawing on the work of William James, Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and othe...

Brian Massumi is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montréal. He is the author of Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press).

other books by Brian Massumi

Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation
Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation

Paperback|Apr 1 2002

$31.91 online$32.95list price
What Animals Teach Us about Politics
What Animals Teach Us about Politics

Kobo ebook|Aug 13 2014

$22.19 online$28.75list price(save 22%)
Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts: Activist Philosophy and the…
Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurr...

Kobo ebook|Nov 1 2011

$16.19 online$20.95list price(save 22%)
see all books by Brian Massumi
Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:August 16, 2013Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262525364

ISBN - 13:9780262525367

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews