Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance PDF/EPUB

Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance In Always More Than One, the philosopher, visual artist, and dancer Erin Manning explores the concept of the than human in the context of movement, perception, and experience Working from Whitehead s process philosophy and Simondon s theory of individuation, she extends the concepts of movement and relation developed in her earlier work toward the notion of choreographic thinking Here, she uses those concepts to explore a mode of perception prior to the settling of experience into established categories Manning connects this to the concept of autistic perception, described by autistics as the awareness of a relational field prior to the so called neurotypical tendency to chunk experience into predetermined subjects and objects Autistics explain that, rather than immediately distinguishing objects such as chairs and tables and humans from one another on entering a given environment, they experience the environment as gradually taking form Manning maintains that this mode of awareness underlies all perception What we perceive is never first a subject or an object, but an ecology From this vantage point, she proposes that we consider an ecological politics where movement and relation take precedence over predefined categories, such as the neurotypical and the neurodiverse, or the human and the nonhuman What would it mean to embrace an ecological politics of collective individuation Erin Manning is University Research Chair in Philosophy and Relational Art and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University She is the author of Relationscapes Movement, Art, Philosophy and Politics of Touch Sense, Movement, Sovereignty and coauthor, with Brian Massumi, of Thought in the Act Passages in the Ecology of Experience forthcoming Brian Massumi is the author of Parables for the Virtual Movement, Affect, Sensation, also published by Duke University Press, and Semblance and Event Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts Erin Manning s book offers a philosophy of neurodiverse perception, encouraging us not to begin with the pre chunked How ironic, then, that the impulse to categorize and to pathologize is generally seen as evidence of the normate s proper functioning In Manning s splendid book, autism comes to signify not a disorder but a relational dance of attention, one that refuses to strand any entity at the margin of our concern Ralph James Savarese, coeditor of Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity, a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly In Always More Than One, Erin Manning produces a truly original choreographic thinking I don t just mean that she writes about choreography She thinks how the body moves, and moves her writing in step with that thinking She performs an expanded choreography, developed in dialogue with dance, putting dance in dialogue with other practices A must for dancers who think and philosophers who wish they could dance William Forsythe, Choreographer and Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company In this book, Erin Manning takes us on an amazing journey It is a journey of philosophical thought, to be sure but it is also a journey of bodies in motion, through landscapes that are enlivened and transformed by their passage Always More Than One is a book about the vitality of the in between It presents a vision of life adding to life, whether in the simplest everyday encounters, or in the densely articulated webs of works of art Steven Shaviro, author of Post Cinematic Affect

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About the Author: Erin Manning

Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University Montreal, Canada She is also the director of the Sense Lab , a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement In her art practice she works between painting, dance, fabric and sculpture Her current project entitled Folds to Infinity is an experimental fabric collection composed of cuts that connect in an infinity of ways, folding in to create clothing and out to create environmental architectures The next phase of this project will explore the resonance between electromagnetic fields and movement through the activation of the existent magnets in Folds to Infinity Her writing addresses the senses, philosophy and politics, articulating the relation between experience, thought and politics in a transdisciplinary framework moving between dance and new technology, the political and micropolitics of sensation, performance art, and the current convergence of cinema, animation and new media.

Back To Top