A Whiteheadian Laboratory:

Featuring Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, and the SenseLab

Conference Organizers:

Roland Faber is the Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University, Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies, and Executive Director of the Whitehead Research Project. His fields of research and publication include Whitehead's philosophy, Process Philosophy and Process Theology; (De)Constructive Theology; Poststructuralism (Gilles Deleuze); Transreligious Discourse (epistemology of Religious Relativity and Unity) and interreligious applications (e.g., Christianity, Buddhism, Baha'i Faith); Comparative Philosophy and Mysticism (Meister Eckhart, Nicolas of Cusa, Ibn ‘Arabi), Theopoetics, (an approach to post-structuralist and process theology, which addresses the liberating necessity of multiplicity). Publications include God as Poet of the World (2008), Event and Decision (2010), Beyond Metaphysics? (2010), Secrets of Becoming (2011), Butler on Whitehead (2012), Theopoetic Folds (2013), Beyond Superlatives (2014), The Allure of Things (2014), The Divine Manifold (2014), Living Traditions and Universal Conviviality (2016).

Michael Halewood is a senior lecturer at the University of Essex. His research interests lie at the intersection of social theory and philosophy. He is the author of two monographs: A. N. Whitehead and Social Theory. Tracing a Culture of Thought (Anthem Press, 2011) and Rethinking the Social through Durkheim, Weber, Marx and Whitehead (Anthem Press 2014). He has also written on Badiou, Butler, Dewey, Deleuze and Irigaray, as well as topics such as: the tuning of musical instruments and modernity (History of Human Sciences); the form and value of things (British Journal of Sociology); entropy and death (Social Science); conceptions of the self in those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease (Sociological Review).

Joseph Petek is a doctoral student in process thought at Claremont School of Theology. He is the Chief Archivist and Conference Coordinator of the Whitehead Research Project, Assistant Series Editor for the Critical Edition of Whitehead (first volume forthcoming in 2017 from Edinburgh University Press), English Coordinator for the Balkan Journal of Philosophy, and Writing Associate at Claremont School of Theology’s Writing Center. His research interests include Whiteheadian process thought, pragmatism, post-structuralism, philosophy of language, philosophy of death and personal identity, virtual worlds, and the theology of Teilhard.

Featuring:

Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab (www.senselab.ca), a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. Her current art practice is centred on large-scale participatory installations that facilitate emergent collectivities. Current art projects are focused around the concept of minor gestures in relation to colour, movement and participation. Publications include Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance (Duke UP, 2013), Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009) and, with Brian Massumi, Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (Minnesota UP, 2014) and The Minor Gesture (Duke UP, 2016).

Brian Massumi is professor of communication at the University of Montreal. His most recent books include Ontopower: War, Powers, and the State of Perception (Duke UP 2015), Politics of Affect (Polity, 2015), and What Animals Teach Us about Politics (Duke UP, 2014). He is co-author with Erin Manning of Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Also with Erin Manning and the SenseLab collective, he participates in the collective exploration of new ways of bringing philosophical and artistic practices into collaborative interaction, most recently in the frame of the “Immediations: Art, Media, Event” international partnership project.

Conference Participants:

James Burton is Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Cultural History at Goldsmiths (University of London). His research combines process thinking and theories of fiction in examining various aspects of modern and contemporary culture, with particular emphases on storytelling/fictionalizing as cultural technics, and the technological transformation of the human in the context of post-natural ecology. He is the author of The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick (Bloomsbury, 2015), and associate editor (alongside Erich Hörl) of a forthcoming collection of essays titled On General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm in the Neocybernetic Age (scheduled end of 2016).

Brianne Donaldson is the Bhagwaan Mahavir/Chao Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies at Rice University, Texas. Donaldson is a public ethicist exploring the intersection of Indian and western metaphysics, critical animal studies and marginalized bodies, and religion and science. The goal of this work is to rethink relations between marginalized plants, animals, and people, and undermine systematic violence toward excluded populations. She is the author of Creaturely Cosmologies: Why Metaphysics Matters for Animal and Planetary Liberation (Lexington Books 2015)—examining the world visions of Jainism and process-relational philosophy, an edited collection Beyond the Bifurcation of Nature: A Common World for Animals and the Environment (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014), and the forthcoming collection The Future of Meat Without Animals (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016). She has served as assistant professor at Monmouth College (IL) and Claremont School of Theology (CA).

Matthew Goulish is writer, dramaturg, and sometime performer for Every house has a door. His books include 39 Microlectures: in proximity of performance (Routledge, 2000), The Brightest Thing in the World: 3 Lectures from the Institute of Failure (Green Lantern, 2012), and Work from Memory: In Response to In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, a collaboration with the poet Dan Beachy-Quick (Ahsahta, 2012). He teaches writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Susanne Valerie Granzer is a professional actress and professor at the renowned Max Reinhardt Seminar within the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Parallel to her career in acting, she was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy by the University of Vienna in 1995. Together with the Viennese philosopher Arno Boehler she founded the Viennese art factory GRENZ_film and the international festival series “Philosophy on Stage”. One of her books “Schauspieler außer sich. Exponiertheit und performative Kunst” (transcript 2011, 2014) was published at Palgrave Macmillan 2016. | Personal Website

Catherine Keller is Professor of Constructive Theology at the Theological School of Drew University. In her teaching, lecturing and writing, she develops the relational potential of a theology of becoming. Her books reconfigure ancient symbols of divinity for the sake of a planetary conviviality—a life together, across vast webs of difference. Thriving in the interplay of ecological and gender politics, of process cosmology, poststructuralist philosophy and religious pluralism, her work is both deconstructive and constructive in strategy. She is currently finishing Cloud of the Impossible: Theological Entanglements, which explores the relation of mystical unknowing, material indeterminacy and ontological interdependence.

Sandra Lubarsky chaired the Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian University and founded the M.A. Sustainable Communities program at Northern Arizona University. She has written on process thought, religious pluralism, interreligious dialogue, and aesthetics. She is currently completing a manuscript on Beauty and Sustainability.

Barbara Muraca is Assistant Professor for Environmental and Social Philosophy at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, and co-director of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy (IAEP). Her book Denken im Grenzgebiet. Prozessphilosophische Grundlagen einer Theorie starker Nachhaltigkeit, published in 2010 in Germany with Alber, analyzes Process Philosophy as the foundation for a theory of strong sustainability. Recently, she has published several articles on the concept of relational values as an alternative framework for environmental ethics. In addition to process thought, her research interests also encompass social philosophy, sustainability and degrowth research, environmental ethics, feminist philosophy, and ecological economics. She is currently working on a book on Degrowth as a concrete utopia for a radical social-ecological transformation of society.

Andrew Murphie is Associate Professor in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW, Australia. He is editor of the Fibreculture book series at Open Humanities Press and of the open access, online journal, the Fibreculture Journal (digital media + networks + transdisciplinary critique). His research examines the productive nature of differential intensity. He increasingly works on transformation, crisis and possibility—as these are filtered through generative process in media, arts and philosophy, dynamic modeling of all types, and new forms of cooperation in politics/social organization.

Timothy Murphy works at the intersection of constructive theology, Process thought, liberation theologies, and political theory. He received his doctorate from Claremont School of Theology in Process Studies. His dissertation, entitled A Radical Process Ecclesiology: Affirming Planetary Value, Practicing Differentiated Solidarity, and Resisting Empire, reimagines “the church” into the process of “churching.” A book version will soon published, entitled Counter-imperial Churching for a Planetary Gospel: Radical Discipleship for Today. He has been an adjunct professor at Claremont School of Theology and served for three years as Executive Director at Progressive Christians Uniting in Los Angeles, CA.

Adam Nocek is an assistant professor in the philosophy of technology and science and technology studies in the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University. Nocek works at the intersections of Continental philosophy and science studies, digital culture and aesthetics, and design and technoscience, and has published numerous essays on media theory, artificial life, process philosophy (especially Whitehead and Deleuze), architecture, and the history of biotechnology. Nocek is the co-editor of the collection, The Lure of Whitehead (Minnesota 2014), and a special issue of the journal Inflexions titled “Animating Biophilosophy” (2014). He is currently working on a manuscript titled Animating Capital: Molecules, Labor, and the Cultural Production of Science. Nocek is also the founding director of the Laboratory for Critical Technics (LCT) at ASU.

Melanie Sehgal is Assistant Professor of Literary, Science, and Media Studies at Viadrina European University, Frankfurt (Oder). From October 2016 to March 2017, however, she is serving as Professor of Philosophy of Science at Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel. Holding a PhD in Philosophy from the Technical University of Darmstadt, she is the author of Eine situierte Metaphysik. Empirismus und Spekulation bei William James und Alfred North Whitehead (Konstanz Univ. Press 2016). Since 2012 she has been hosting the workshop and lecture series Experimental Speculations/Speculative Experimentations in Frankfurt/Oder and Berlin with, among others, Isabelle Stengers, Vicki Kirby, and Steven Shaviro as guests. Together with the artist Alex Martinis Roe, she is leading the multidisciplinary working group FORMATIONS, which is experimentally exploring ways of knowing beyond modern habits of thought. She is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities Terra Critica.

SenseLab Members:

Ramona Benveniste joined the SenseLab in 2013 as an artist and a student to expand her research practices for architecting within the event, exploring invitations for entering and techniques to foreground the liveliness that often resides in the margins. She has been designing environments for the public, the workplace, and spaces for learning and for resting. She is currently developing a program within the municipal social aid services for new arriving immigrants and refugees, which she likes to think of ‘as growing parallel landing sites’.

Lone Bertelsen has worked with the Senselab collective since 2007. She has a PhD in sociology and her research is inspired by the more micro-political and generative braches of post-structuralist and feminist thought.

Olivier Bissonnette-Lavoie is a Ph.D. student at Université de Montréal. He is interested in aesthetic, activism, political philosophy, with a focus on decolonial and feminist thoughts.

Erik Bordeleau is researcher at the SenseLab (Concordia University, Montreal). He is the author of Foucault anonymat (Le Quartanier, 2012, Spirale Eva-Legrand 2013 award) and of Comment sauver le commun du communisme? (Le Quartanier, 2014). His work articulates at the intersection of political philosophy, media theory, art and cinema studies, with a marked interest for the speculative turn and the renewal of the question of the possible in contemporary thought. He has recently published “Bruno Latour and the Miraculous Present of Enunciation” in the book Breaking the Spell: Contemporary Realism Under Discussion (Mimesis, 2015), and “Immediation, Bergson and the Problem of Personality” in Immediations: Art, Media, Event (OHP, forthcoming).Integrates SenseLab, collective Interdisciplinary for the Movement, is Editor of Inflexions Journal.

Skye Bougsty-Marshall is a militant-researcher working on ecological social movements across a range of communities and contexts. His current research involves exploring the intersection of speculative philosophy and speculative finance to develop novel forms of autonomist politics. Skye is a academic visitor in Concordia University and doing a residence in Senselab, in Montréal.

Branca Cabral is an artist and researcher for performance and movement. She is currently an Assistant professor at the Theater department of UDESC (Brazil) for dance and body techniques. In Florianópolis, where she is based on, she directs the Dance Mill Project and the Factory of Essays and the Unforseen, a program that fosters crossdisciplinary practices of improvisation, a creative platform for musicians, writers and dancers to experiment with alternative spaces. She is has published at the Dance Jornal, Revista Brasileira da Presença, Performance Studies International and several brazilian Jornals for the arts of movement. She holds an MFA from the Bauhaus University and a Phd in Interdisciplinary Studies from Concordia University.

Charlotte Farrell has a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies. Her research has been published in Peripeti, Theatre Survey, Somatechnics, Media International Australia, RealTime Arts, and the book, Corporeality and Culture. Charlotte is based in New York City where she has worked as a gallery and curator of contemporary art.

André Fogliano is currently a PhD student at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo in semiotic and communication. He is devolping part of his thesis as a academic visitor at Concordia University, with a ongoing residence in Senselab. Member of the research group in Spinoza and semiotics of affects. Andre’s research crosses through semiotics of affects, communication and desire, media critique, politics of fabulation, research-creation, amerindian perspectivism, contemporary practices of resistance in Brazil.

Jane Gabriels, Ph.D. is a singer and performance artist, and directs the South Bronx (NY)-based arts organization Pepatián (pepatian.org). She is co-editor and has contributed a chapter to a forthcoming book on performance curation (www.cica-icac.org), and recently presented her work at Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Color (Duke Univ). The work possible through SenseLab supports her artistic and writing practices.

Hubert Gendron-Blais is an author, musician and researcher working at the confluence of philosophy, music and politics, with a particular attention to the concepts of affect and community. Apart from is literary publications (poetry, short stories), he collaborated on the collective works “On s’en câlisse. Histoire profane de la grève”, “traces – déprises” and “FUCK TOUTE! Quelques flèches tirées du Printemps 2015”. He recently co-edited, with Joel Mason and Diego Gil, the latest Inflexions issue. In music, he’s taken in a creative process with the experimental rock band ce qui nous traverse.

Diego Gil is a performer artist completing his PhD in Philosophy, Movement and Arts in Concordia. He is exploring the practices of choreography and dramaturgy as attunements to the genesis of movements and the taking shape of event signs, respectively, as a mode to think the production of spaces for research creation specific to performance art contexts.

Halbe Hessel Kuipers is a PhD student at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. His doctoral research is on exhausted subjectivity and its aesthetics in contemporary visual culture. Currently he is a visiting researcher at Concordia University, Montréal.

Csenge Kolozsvari is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the body’s potential as a membrane for being active between thought, movement and sound; a translucent and permeable substance that resonates both with the constantly changing surrounding and the conceiving forces within. Her recent practice engages with how the affects of collectively produced lived rhythms are felt and accumulated in the everyday. Some of the keywords of this exploration are: polyrhythmic movement, topographies of elasticity, the interval and the interference in the repetition of the almost-the-same. She is part of the Senselab since 2013.

Siglinde Langholz is an interdisciplinary artist based in Mexico. She is currently candidate for a PhD at the University of Maine. Her research moves around transmodal and collaborative emergent events. Siglinde is the recipient of several awards and her work has been exhibited internationally.

Joel E. Mason is an artist and a PhD student at Concordia University in philosophy, music, and performance. He is also part of the Senselab: a laboratory for thought in motion. He co-edited the most recent issue of Inflexions, entitled F®ictions (inflexions.org, 2016), with Hubert Gendron-Blais and Diego Gil. His research-creations seek conditions for thinking/feeling a future otherwise from racialization. His practice co-contaminates the impulses of race studies, process philosophy, radical pedagogy, sound art, circus arts, poetry, jazz, post-rock, somatic practice, and direct activism.

Mayra Morales Currently pursuing her PhD in Dance, Art, Philosophy and Research Creation at Concordia University. Working at the SenseLab with the concept of the anarchive in the Millieux. She investigates choreography as an environmental practice of a processual body. She has taught contemporary dance and choreography in Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, in Concordia University in Montreal and in Jacksonville University in Florida. Her own artistic-philosophical research is centered in the relation between movement and thought through a proposition of work that she calls “mobile architectures for interminable landscapes”, with a special interest on exploring emergence of differential dimensions for becoming’s expressivity and an emphasis on the body as an interplay of forces full of hallucinatory charges.

Leslie Plumb is an interdisciplinary artist and interaction-designer, working across a variety of collaborative philosophy and research-creation practices, She is the Art Director and Web Designer for Inflexions, an open-access online interdisciplinary journal for research-creation, and the Senselab Artist in Residence as part of Immediations, a seven-year partnership project and recipient of a SSHRC partnership grant. She has a BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technologies from ACAD, and an MA in the Special Individualized Program (in Fine Arts) from Concordia University. Her personal practice engages web-design, experimental programming, graphic design, film and drawing. In addition to her work with SenseLab, she works on a variety of collaborative and commercial projects within the film and dance communities of Montreal (Canada) and The Bronx, NYC (US).

Matthew-Robin Nye As a visual artist and curator, I think and create towards the problem of creating a ‘queer utopic space’, a wildness which evolves alongside a continually renewing present; or, the production of multiplicities through fabulation in performance, installation, text-based and conceptual practice. Matthew-Robin has exhibited, lectured and held residencies in Canada and internationally, and is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier PhD student in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Concordia University.

Ana Ramos holds a Ph.D. from the department of communication, University of Montreal. Her current postdoctoral research at the SenseLab, Concordia University, Montreal, is related to the concept of the subject-group and consciousness. She has been a member of SenseLab since its incipience.

Ronald Rose-Antoinette is completing his PhD in Philosophy at Concordia University. He is also a participant of the SenseLab (laboratory in research-creation) based in Montreal, where he lives.

Roberto Scienza is a Master student in Communication at State University of Londrina, Brazil. He is developing part of his research as an academic visitor at Concordia University. Roberto’s research is on Cinema and Alterity.

Mattie Sempert is a practicing acupuncturist, writer and PhD candidate (Creative Writing) at RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia.

Adam Szymanski is a PhD student in the Film and Moving image studies program at Concordia University. His doctoral research is on contemporary art cinema’s aesthetic preoccupation with the politics of melancholy and therapy.

Francisco Trento is a Brazilian completing his PhD degree in the Semiotics and Communication Post-Graduate program in Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and has a Master’s degree in Image and Sound (Audiovisual Studies) in Federal University of São Carlos. Francisco is a academic visitor in Concordia University and doing a residence in Senselab, in Montréal.

Anique Vered is an Australian artist-researcher and cultural consultant. Currently based in Montréal, she has over ten years experience in collaborative, interdisciplinary communities of practice. Anique’s research-creation is based at SenseLab at Concordia University exploring affect theory, political economy and radical organisational approaches through social intervention, diagramming and participatory data mapping. Anique holds a Masters of Studies from Australian National University spanning cultural landscapes, participatory development and digital humanities.