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Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab


Technologies of Lived Abstraction

Ed. Erin Manning, Brian Massumi (MIT Press)


“What moves as a body, returns as the movement of thought.”

Of subjectivity (in its nascent state)

Of the social (in its mutant state)

Of the environment (at the point it can be reinvented)

“A process set up anywhere reverberates everywhere.”

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The Technologies of Lived Abstraction book series is dedicated to work of transdisciplinary reach inquiring critically but especially creatively into processes of subjective, social, and ethical-political emergence abroad in the world today. Thought and body, abstract and concrete, local and global, individual and collective: the works presented are not content to rest with the habitual divisions. They explore how these facets come formatively, reverberatively together, if only to form the movement by which they come again to differ.

Possible paradigms are many: autonomization, relation; emergence, complexity,process; individuation, (auto)poiesis; direct perception, embodied perception, perception-as-action; speculative pragmatism, speculative realism, radical empiricism; mediation, virtualization; ecology of practices, media ecology; technicity; micro politics, biopolitics, ontopower. Yet there will be a common aim: to catch new thought and action dawning, at a creative crossing. Technologies of Lived Abstraction orients to the creativity at this crossing, in virtue of which life everywhere can be considered germinallyaesthetic, and the aesthetic anywhere already political.

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“Concepts must be experienced. They are lived.”


Steven Shaviro. Without Criteria: Whitehead, Kant, Deleuze (2009)

Manning, Erin. Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (2009)

Massumi, Brian. Semblance and Event (2011)

Combes, Muriel. Gilbert Simondon and the Philosophy of the Transindividual. Trans. Thomas Lamarre (2012)

Munster, Anna. An Aesthesia of Networks  (2013)

Portanova, Stamatia. Moving Without a Body  (2013)

Parisi, Luciana. Contagious Architectures  (2013)

Lazzarato, Maurizio. Expériementations Politiques. Trans. Jeremy Gilbert = Expérimentations Politiques

Andrew Goffey (2013).