thinking out loud: “the felt force of a temporal topos of looping”

To follow on from Anna’s post earlier, and my partial response to thoughts re her paper before leaving for the airport (I have now landed in Sydney) I wanted to pick up on the Bookchin YouTube pieces Anna discusses in her paper and how they can become great examples of a collectively generated diagrammatic texture … where, as she says in relation to James: “The shared mosaic of collective experience wanders and loops, creating something more nomadic and tangled” (p68).

Not only are each of the TouTube videos made to be shared by many, but pulled together they show us how many share similar movements/events/gestures. What I love about how Anna discusses the two examples Mass Ornament and Laid Off is the way that I could feel how, in collecting together, these works enable us to feel the diagrammatic texture: the throughline of difference and repetition connecting all the individual ‘components’ that constitute them. Or, in other words, how the tangled looping they weave makes a kind of texture, perhaps something like a Casey Reas process image such as this:
Process 11 (B), 2010

As Anna discusses at the end of the paper, networking generates “the felt force of a temporal topos of looping” (72) – but, if the network is instead reduced to model and map: “The loop closes around the pool, flattening potential into a resource that seems to precede the actual duration of networked events. Potential then becomes some possible set of ‘things’ that might eventuate, there for the taking. In ‘the network’ as model and map, potential has been tamed, translated into possibility, predictably
lying in wait for the future.” (73)

This ‘warning’ becomes a happy reminder of the potential this workshop might aim for – of persistently ‘untaming’ the tendency to map and model the network – of producing something a little less predictable, less knowable, more palpably but ineffably felt. Happily, this resonates very nicely with and helps clarify what I was trying to say in my paper about moving from drawings to buildings through the texture of diagrams.

Looking forward to a drink, and Brian+Erin’s lectures in 1 hour …. 🙂

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