Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen

My recent interest is to be able to understand – and maybe make a diagramme – of new media interfaces in relation to haptic spaces and relations. My understanding of ‘new media’ includes the electronic signal and the way the feed-back noise and the real-time sensation of magnetic pulses, digital codings or foldings shape the relational spaces of ‘now’ created in the interfaces. The interface ‘spaces’ created since the 1960s might thus (with Michel Serres) be understood as mediators ‘in-between’ an outside and an inside sensation of the body (Anna Munster). In that sense ‘space’ in its ‘interfacial’ form might inspire to reflect on the ethymological meaning of space, namely ‘openness’ and ‘to contain’. In Danish we can both talk of a ‘timespace’ (et tidsrum), meaning a period or a duration of time; and about a ‘space of time’ (en rum tid), meaning time in the condition of space. In its latter meaning a haptic interface including the sensations of the body (as the center of the registration of affect – like Justines measuring instrument in Melancholia) might be an openness toward a diagramming of the “between-times, between-moments” that Deleuze writes on in “Immanence: a life”: “it doesn’t just come about or come after but offers the immensity of an empty time where one sees the event yet to come and already happened, in the absolute of an immediate consciousness.” Instead of my own diagramme   I will refer to the diagramming ambition of the website of Melancholia (this includes the instrument for ‘measuring the planet’ from the bodily-relative sensation of it: http://www.melancholiathemovie.com/

3 thoughts on “Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen

  1. Bodi marie
    I found your words, describing what the in betweeness is,so beautiful. Beautiful in ‘beyond the aesthetic’ sense but still in between.I could relate to the use of the sense of haptic in a way that Derrida talks about reciprocality that is touch, when one ‘feels oneself feeling one’s self touch’ is also feeling itself touching a limit and feeling touched by a limit and its own limit (Derrida 2005: 111) but also I agree with Derrida that haptic (not only touch but also taste that incorporate touch)does not establish an opposition between two sense organs but rather invite the assumption that they are all connected. So, when using haptic sensing blurs the ‘outside’><'Inside' division and does go to the inbetweeness. Thank you so much I look forward to talking to you

    • Thank you so much Haya, it was great to have your comments – and so precisely related to my thoughts. Long time since I have read Derrida, but I will look into it – thank you. I just returned from Oslo in a storm with a tiny aircraft: while we were returning for the second time to try to reach ground, the thing that kept me focused was reading the Massumi piece on the diagramme + First movement: to dance a storm. I bet you will enjoy that too!

  2. Bodil Marie—what an amazing story. I really hope you’re ok after such an experience, although I can well imagine you dancing a storm with philosophy. And that is certainly a measure of “impact” for research that I hadn’t thought about before, not to mention a different kind of diagram, or inter-relation of forces … !

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