Semblance and event.

By: Massumi, Brian.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : MIT Press, 2013Description: xii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780262525367.Subject(s): Philosophy and Psychology | Time in art | Events (Philosophy) | ExperienceDDC classification: 144MAS
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<p> An investigation of the "occurrent arts" through the concepts of the "semblance" and "lived abstraction." </p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>