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

By Brian Massumi

Events are regularly passing; to adventure an occasion is to adventure the passing. yet how can we understand an adventure that encompasses the just-was and the is-about-to-be up to what's truly current? In Semblance and Event, Brian Massumi, drawing at the paintings of William James, Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and others, develops the concept that of "semblance" for you to procedure this query. it really is, he argues, a question of abstraction, now not because the contrary of the concrete yet as a size of it: "lived abstraction." A semblance is a lived abstraction. Massumi makes use of the class of the appearance to enquire practices of paintings which are relational and event-oriented -- variously often called interactive paintings, ephemeral paintings, functionality artwork, artwork intervention -- which he refers to jointly because the "occurrent arts." every one artwork perform invents its personal varieties of relational occasions of lived abstraction, to supply a signature species of semblance. The artwork's relational engagement, Massumi maintains, offers it a political valence simply as useful and rapid because the aesthetic dimension.

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