Morphogenesis and Animistic Moments (with Mattias Kärrholm)

On formative processes and territorial production

embryo

Human embryo 4 mm long, 30 days old

 

Abstract. This piece explores the issues of morphogenesis and metamorphosis in socio-spatial formations and social assemblages. The specific key provided here to apprehend the issue of ‘form’ is what we propose to call the ‘animistic moment’ in form-taking processes. We believe that a conceptualisation of animistic moments might help us to better understand, not simply the coming about, but the specific yet elusive power forms are endowed with. The general social-theoretical horizon for the essay is an approach to social collectives as forms of territorialisation and territorial stabilisation. An inquiry into the genesis and the transformation of forms through animistic moments, we suggest, might also be employed in the study of processes of social territorialisation at large.

Keywords: social theory; genesis of forms; formative processes; individuals and social aggregates; socio-spatial formations; animistic moments;

 

Outline

Introduction
1. The mystery of appearances
2. Metamorphosis and investments into form
3. Form-taking and the environment
4. The formation of individual collectives
5. Animistic moments and the revelations of form
6. Territorial production through animation
Conclusions
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Social Camouflage: Functions, Logic, Paradoxes (with Alessandro Castelli)

Now published in Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory

Fixing the Shadow / Beyond the Law (1992)

Fixing the Shadow / Beyond the Law (1992)

Abstract. Camouflage is usually understood as a type of deceitful communication
strategy in the animal and human domains. In this piece, we invite scholars to consider how the phenomenon of camouflage, while certainly grounded in antagonism and selection, might exceed its strategic meaning. Using the case of undercover agents movies, we attempt to flesh out the inner logic of camouflage and the type of social-existential situations it gives shape to. Exploring the mundane practical problem of ‘infiltration’ into a social group or social milieu, the article zooms in onto the experience of camouflage and highlights its relatedness to and distinction from imitation. Camouflage is here used not as an overarching interpretive category, rather, as an instance that reveals something about the problems inherent in the constitution of inter-subjective life. The article seeks to contribute to a theoretical development in the study of social logic and social teleology, stressing the curious entanglement of deliberate strategic action and irrational desire that contradistinguishes what could be called the ‘aberrant conjunction’ of the camoufleur and its target. Camouflage, we conclude, is not only about make-believe but also, crucially, about desiring and learning to desire.

Keywords: Mimicry, Camouflage, Undercover movies, Infiltration, Social logic, Social phenomenology, Inter-Subjectivity

TOC
Introduction
The Functions of Camouflage
The Logic of Camouflage
The Existential Phenomenology of Camouflage
The Paradoxes of Camouflage, or, Learning to Desire
Conclusions

Social Camouflage-FIN+pics

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/PNcAa3KNVDYUT3yZ6jhR/full  (50 free downloads)

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What’s a philosopher useful for?

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Antonio Gramsci’s Theory of the Civil Society

Gramsci

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An entry for Handbuch Kultursoziologie, edited by Stephan Moebius, Frithjof Nungesser and Katharina Scherke. Springer.

https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-658-08000-6_72-1

 

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L’etnografia e i sensi: una riflessione preliminare

cosmique

Introduzione al monografico su “L’etnografia e i sensi”, Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa, n.1/2016

 

Brighenti -2016-L’etnografia e i sensi

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Value – Inquiries into a Polymorphous Magic Substance

A Lecture I’m giving at The Debt Complex Spring School  19-21 May 2016, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

http://prev.unibz.it/EN/ECONOMICS/EVENTS/Spring-School.html

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 12.46.06

 

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Gabriel Tarde: logica sociale e teleologia sociale – A seminar

 

 

Brighenti__24 maggio_Gabriel Tarde

martedì 24 maggio 2016 ore 13:00 AULA SEMINARI SPS (stanza 215, lato Passione)
Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Economiche e Sociali – via Conservatorio 7, Milano

 

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Il valore dello spazio pubblico. Qualche declinazione giuridica, politica ed economica

Una relazione al seminario Giustizia, architettura, diritti. Visioni e pratiche della città contemporanea, Napoli, 29 aprile 2016.

Giustizia, architettura, diritti

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The Visible: Element of the Social

A speech I’m giving at the conference Understanding Visual Culture – Interdisciplinary Perspectives – Bologna, 21-22 April 2016

http://www.sssub.unibo.it/eventi/understanding-visual-culture

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Cineforum TRANSIZIONI TERRITORI / 2 I tempi dei villaggi e delle città al cinema

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De la visibilité by Nathalie Heinich – Book Review

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Brighenti-2016-De-la-visibilité – Book Review

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Visibilità e spazio pubblico – Città di muri e città di schermi

Brighenti-5aprile2016

Lezione al Corso di dottorato in Scienze sociali, Università di Padova
5 aprile 2016 – h. 14-17 – Sala Specchi – Via Cesarotti 10/12 – Padova

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Urban Interstices

9781472410016.PPC_urban interstices

now on googlebooks: https://books.google.it/books?id=Xw2OCwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=it&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Also here: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=FB566BA4DF4C751868F0239B3C06AF87

and here: urban-interstices

 

 

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Graffiti, Street Art and the Divergent Synthesis of Place Valorisation in Contemporary Urbanism

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Camouflage, or, the Temptation of Relationship

URME - © Leo Selvaggio

URME – © Leo Selvaggio

Published in membrana 1/16 – Magazine of Photography

Brighenti_2016_camouflage,_or

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The Public and the Common: Some Approximations of Their Contemporary Articulation

42_2_LARGE
Critical Inquiry
Vol. 42, No. 2 (Winter 2016), pp. 306-328

also here

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Far-casa migrante: soglie del domestico, comune e pubblico

Un intervento a Tracce Urbane, con Paolo Boccagni

Sessione 3- Casa e città: pratiche dell’abitare e processi di home-making nella vita quotidiana

Venerdì 11 dicembre 2015, Politecnico di Milano

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Warming up for camouflage

photo credit | MKVL ©2015

photo credit | MKVL ©2015

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Il senso del convivere. Lo spazio pubblico nella società contemporanea

Un incontro con Franco Rella, Alberto Winterle e me – 11 novembre 2015

Video : short | long
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Foucault’s Book of Practical Black Cats

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Another review of «Urban Interstices»

9781472410016.PPC_urban interstices

A review of the Urban Interstices collection by Margarethe Kusenbach, published in The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 651–653, May 2015:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-2427.12239/abstract

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Social Memory: Stratification and Folding

© Heide Fasnacht

© Heide Fasnacht

in http://www.losquaderno.professionaldreamers.net/?p=1637

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The Unsettling Visibility of Public Space — Public Lecture

mbrodkafka

Lecture @ The Summer School in Urban Ethnography.

Recording available here.

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The Reactive: Social Experiences of Surfaces and Depths

strata-accident

A speech I gave in Copenhagen @ Christian Borch’s Imitation conference.

Recording available here.

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Twilight of the Icons, or, How to Sociologize with Visibility

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Twilight of the Icons, a contribution to the “On Icons” Symposium, Edited by Marco Solaroli

Available at | http://www.sociologica.mulino.it/journal/issue/index/Issue/Journal:ISSUE:26

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