“…their taste for erudition and speculation and what sometimes looks like intellectual dandyism, odd as this expression may appear when it is applied to people with so rudimentary a level of material life.”

Claude Lévi-Strauss, The Savage Mind

Fosse così, cara…

« Fosse così, cara, che in realtà nulla si perde o si divide. In questi strani giorni, qui a casa sua, mi sembra di essere “nel vero” – non ne so il perché, ma ho una sensazione di vero, di verità, forse perché noi due siamo persone senza più giovinezza. Le dispiace, questo?»

Anna Maria Ortese, Alonso e i visionari

A World of Pregnances. Researching the Visible


A keynote speech to be given at Jahrestagung DigiKomm22, Düsseldorf, 10-11 Nov 2022

In this short talk, I briefly introduce what I regard as the major social-theoretical challenges today in the study of inter-visibility relations, as specifically applicable to the digital domain. In a nutshell, my argument is that, besides the architectures and infrastructures of visibility, we also need to take into account what I call the world of pregnances, that is, the intensive states associated with the visible. If we follow this avenue, a few fault-lines in our categorical apparatus need to be rearranged.

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Event beautifully hosted at Haus der Universität, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf :


…something else the same

“We go on living, we permit ourselves
to continue—but certainly
not for the university, what they publish

severally or as a group: clerks
got out of hand forgetting for the most part
to whom they are beholden.


spitted on fixed concepts like
roasting hogs, sputtering, their drip sizzling
in the fire


Something else, something else the same.”

William Carlos Williams

…Yet I still believe…

“Yet I still believe in another possible perspective on life: one that does not separate the whole and the parts, one for which the category of the whole and parts is not applicable to life at all but that takes life to be a unified process whose nature it is to exist only in moments that can be differentiated by their qualities or contents. Life … is an absolute continuity in which there is no assembly of fragments or parts. Life, moreover, is a unity, but one that at any moment expresses itself as a whole in distinct forms. This cannot be deduced further because life, which we attempt to formulate here in some way, is a basic fact that cannot be constructed. Each moment of life is the whole life whose steady stream — which is exactly its unique form — has its reality only at the crest of the wave in which it respectively rises. Each present moment is determined by the entire prior course of life, is the culmination of all preceding moments; and already, for this reason, every moment of life is the form in which the whole life of the subject is real.”

Georg Simmel, Rembrandt