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Brian Massumi + Erin Manning. Coming Alive in a World of Texture. 2010

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http://www.egs.edu/ Brian Massumi and Erin Manning lecturing about Coming Alive in a World of Texture: For Neurodiversity at the Thinking - Resisting - Reading the Political conference in Giessen, Germany, November 12th 2010 Brian Massumi and Erin Manning speaking about Autism, multiplicity, mind-blindness, and textures. In this lecture Brian Massumi and Erin Manning explore the Neurodiversity Movement reading from collected writings by Autists. They talk about multiplicities of existences, emergent relations in the environment, re-conceptualizing what it means to be "human" and what it means to be "autistic". Specifically they focus on neuro typical experience of experiential fielding, inter-modal modes of existence, intricacies of perception, environmental awareness, entrainment, and actively relational thinking. Coming Alive in a World of Texture: For Neurodiversity at the Thinking - Resisting - Reading the Political conference in Giessen, Germany, November 12th 2010.
Brian Massumi, Ph. D., is a political theorist, writer and philosopher, and is currently a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montréal in Quebec Canada, where he directs both the Ph. D program and the Workshop in Radical Empiricism (Atelier en empirisme radical). He is well-known for his translations of several major texts in French post-structuralist theory, including Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus, Jean-François Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition, and Jacques Attali's Noise. Brian Massumi received both his Masters and Doctoral degrees in French Literature from Yale University and completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University. In addition to his theoretical work and teaching, Massumi works with Erin Manning in her research-creation laboratory Sense Lab located at Concordia University in Montréal.

Massumi has authored several books: Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (2002), A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (1992), and First and Last Emperors: The Absolute State and the Body of the Despot, with Kenneth Dean (1993). He is also the editor of The Matrixial Borderspace: Essays by Bracha Ettinger (1997),A Shock to Thought: Expression After Deleuze and Guattari (2002), Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger: The Eurydice Series (2002), and The Politics of Everyday Fear (1993). Massumi was the founding editor of the University of Minnesota Press book series Theory Out of Bounds (1991-2006; co-edited by Michael Hardt and Sandra Buckley) and has written numerous articles which have been published in collections.

Erin Manning, Ph.D., is a philosopher, visual artist and dancer, and is currently a University Research Chair at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal. She is also a founder and director of The Sense Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory on research, creation and an international network focusing on intersections between philosophy and art through the sensing body in motion. Erin Manning received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Hawaii (2001) and has been teaching philosophy, political theory, visual studies, cultural studies, and film theory. She is a member of the editorial board for the online journal Inflexions and the author of works on movement and ephemerality, for which she frequently collaborates with Brian Massumi.

In her writing, Erin Manning addresses various topics related to thought and politics in a field between dance and new technology, the convergence of cinema, animation and new media. Her focus is on the senses, philosophy and politics, as well as on the political and micropolitics of sensation and performance art. Erin Manning's art practice combines painting, fabric design and sculpture, and her dance background includes classical ballet and contemporary dance. She dances Argentine tango professionally. Erin Manning is the author of Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (2009), Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (2007) and Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home and Identity in Canada (2003).

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