constructive ambiguity

i am interested in taking kissinger's more sinister power play into a positive, generative direction in composition. rather than sapping optimism, i wonder how constructive ambiguity might push students to "write offshore" (cynthia haynes) and contemplate hopeful futures. how do we construct a future that allows for impredictability, cultivates that even? is there a way to … Continue reading constructive ambiguity

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Composing ‘Histories of the Present’

a quick pin, excerpted from Lauren Berlant's Cruel Optimism (p. 63-69): Here, figures move transversally across spaces, quickly and lingeringly, reflectively and in the flesh, projecting and sensing atmospheres and impacts to which they have to catch up and respond. Sometimes they unlearn, sometimes they repeat, sometimes they surprise themselves, often they just lean numbly or … Continue reading Composing ‘Histories of the Present’

touching [writing, writing] feeling

Handout/notes from yesterday's WIDE-EMU '16 presentation with my brilliant colleague, Thomas Passwater. touching [writing, writing] feeling The sense of physical touch itself, at least so far, has been remarkably unsusceptible to being amplified by technology (Sedgwick 15). The experience named “writing” is this violent exhaustion of the discourse in which “all sense” is altered, not into another … Continue reading touching [writing, writing] feeling

performing empathies [the empathics]

I'm always thinking about what are the potentials for the body. What can we be? Who could we be? Who could we become? -Saya Woolfalk wanting to put The Empathics into conversation with Blackman's work in body studies and Manning's relational movement concepts, as well as explore this project from a cultural/comparative and/or visual rhetorics perspectives ... … Continue reading performing empathies [the empathics]