::fibreculture:: TONIGHT SYDNEY: Two free talks by Brian Massumi and Erin Manning

Anna Munster a.munster at unsw.edu.au
Tue Dec 13 00:47:07 CET 2011

WHAT: Into the Diagram: Two Public Lectures
WHO: Brian Massumi and Erin Manning
WHERE: Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woollomooloo, Sydney
TIME: Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Artspace and National Institute of Experimental Arts, CoFA present two lectures by Brian Massumi and Erin Manning, leading philosophers and practitioners of movement, affect and relationality. Together their lectures ‘Animality and Abstraction’ (Massumi) and ‘The Dance of Attention’ (Manning) explore the virtual, abstract and powerful dimensions of diagrams.

Everywhere maps and visualisations of space are multiplying around us as new applications of cartography gain prominence. In a quieter manner, the diagram has also re-emerged as an abstract device for thinking about, generating and re-imagining relations themselves. Unlike maps and the rapidly expanding domain of information visualization, diagrams often seem more obscure modes of picturing and inscribing relations. They hint at something imperceptible, something that lies in wait that we need to make more explicit through further explanation or interpretation.

Pictorial and conceptual diagramming is increasingly deployed in collaborative and collective design, architecture, dance and new media practices as a means for facilitating complex cross-modal research and creation. The diagram’s very abstraction allows it to be open, elastic and resonant across practices and modalities. As the philosophers of diagrammatic thought Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari suggest, diagrams exist in the dimension of the virtual and help to construct, ‘a real that is yet to come, a new type of reality’. Thinking about the diagram, then, is to think generatively about what can and could be created; by whom – humans and nonhumans; and under what circumstances – via collaborative and singular relationships.

13 December 2011, 6pm

A/Prof. Anna Munster
Deputy Director Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics
College of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 259
NSW 2021
612 9385 0741 (tel)
612 9385 0615(fax)
a.munster at unsw.edu.au<mailto:a.munster at unsw.edu.au>

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