“Actually existing, structured things live in and through that which escapes them. Their autonomy is the autonomy of affect.”
--Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation
Beginning when I was young, and persisting through adulthood, there’s been the nagging sense that I belong nowhere, to nothing. There’s always been a marked schism between my inner and outer selves. It has to be said though that I’ve been told, on more than one occasion, that I do a poor job veiling my emotions, that I wear them on my face.
Alienation is not a popular term these days, but it is descriptive of much of my felt experience.
“…’reality,’ in Luhmann’s words, ‘is what one does not perceive when one perceives it.’”
--Cary Wolfe, What is Posthumanism?
Reality exceeds one’s ability to perceive it. Art’s job is to render the unseen. I mean the word “render” to be understood in all of its senses.
“The reality of the actor is its way of perturbing, transforming and jostling other things.”
--Graham Harman, The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE
When don’t worlds collide?
“The stranger is infinity.”
--Timothy Morton, The Ecological Thought
One is wanting.