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INFLeXions No. 4 - Transversal Fields of Experience (Dec. 2010)

Loco-motion -14 Theses and 21 Ghosts for Locative and Mobile Media by Andrew Murphie (University of New South Wales, Australia)
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Mobile and locative media are now at the core of things. This is an unstable core. It’s this instability that I’m interested in today. I’m not trying to “pin down” mobile and locative media. Rather, I’m interested in how what I’m calling “loco-motion” propels an ongoing variation in living and technical systems. This has implications for thinking about media, but also for much else. I’m also interested in loco-mobile media as inter-temporal. By this I don’t mean that we have lots of modes of living available to us, that we can switch between. Rather I’m suggesting that the switching itself is becoming our prime mode of living, not only with mobile phones, or locative media, but all media events, for example VJing.


1 – If ‘a body coincides with its own variation’ (Massumi) then mobile media coincide with their own variation

2 – Location is Mobile

3 – The Locative Opens a Field of Variation

4 – Loco-motion remakes communication – but not as communication studies style communication. Here “Communication is a mutual adjustment of bodies” (Sean Watson)

5 – Loco-motive battles are not over content, or communications, or intellectual property, but over affective distribution.

6 – Work with loco-motion is transdisciplinary, beyond even this perhaps. There are no “stable” media to pin down in a discipline. A self-satisfied Media Studies perishes.

7 – Mobility is often immobile, if immobile intensity. However, it’s also true that mobility creates mobility.

8 – It’s the phone that’s mobile, not you.

9 – Loco-motion resists “art”, but is good for chasings …

10 – Loco-motion brings the “postcognitive” into fuller operation (Mark Amerika)

11 – New inter-temporalities proliferate.

12 – So do new “pre-accelerations” (Erin Manning). So do new preterritorialisations

13 – loco-motion is about targeting (servomechanisms rule the world in most spheres of life)

14 – loco-motion “fractalises” (Guattari) “the screen” and with it the society of spectacle (there is no attention, no “capture”, no time of the gaze, only inter-times)


1 – Location itself

2 – Mobility – it’s all around us, and yet ..

3 – that which remains hidden .. as Derrida once wrote, “The hidden theme is the hidden theme” (as Nick Mansfield was fond of quoting to me)

4 – Cognitive Capital

5 – Politics, that is, the Polis

6 – the haptic, the proprioceptive (and proprioceptive enslavement)

7 – down time

8 – possessions

9 – Possessions of Possession; Shamanism and Exorcism

10 – Animal Spirits

11 – Ghosts at the Edge of Infinity

12 – Ghosts with No Name (the asemiotic)

13 – Devas (that is, new forces of production that we might have to talk nicely to)

14 – the world (do we still believe in it, see it)

15 – abstraction – misplaced concreteness (Whitehead) and “concrete misplacedness” (Matthew Fuller)

16 – “Standard Objects” (Matthew Fuller)

17 – forgotten networks

18 – Work … as a separate activity from other activities

19 – Love … as assembled from non-standard objects

20 – the synaptic (Guattari)

21 – Escape

  INFLeXions No. 4 (Dec. 2010)
Transversal Fields of Experience

edited by C. Brunner, T.Rhoades

Transversal Fields of Experience
Christoph Brunner and Troy Rhoades

ZeNeZ and the Re[a]dShift BOOM!
Sher Doruff 1-32

Body, The Scrivener – The Somagrammical Alphabet Of “Deep”
Kaisa Kurikka and Jukka Sihvonen 33-47

Anarchival Cinemas
Alanna Thain 48-68

Syn-aesthetics – total artwork or difference engine?
Anna Munster 69-94

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Aden Evens

Edgy Colour: Digital Colour in Experimental Film and Video
Simon Payne 118-140

“Still Life” de Jia Zhangke: Les temps de la rencontre
Erik Bordeleau 141-163

To Dance Life: On Veridiana Zurita’s “Das Partes for Video”
Rick Dolphijn 164-182

Jazz And Emergence (Part One) - From Calculus to Cage, and from Charlie Parker to Ornette Coleman: Complexity and the Aesthetics and Politics of Emergent Form in Jazz
Martin E. Rosenberg

edited by B. Mancini, J. Wiersma

3 Poems Crina Bondre Ardelean

Healing Series Brian Knep 278-280

R.U.N.: A Short Statement on the Work Paul Gazzola 281-284

Castings: A Conversation
Bianca Scliar Mancini, Deborah Margo and Janita Wiersma

Matter, Manner, Idea
Sjoerd van Tuinen 311-336

On Critique
Brian Massumi 337-340

Loco-Motion (HTML)
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Andrew Murphie

An Emergent Tuning as Molecular Organizational Mode
Heidi Fast

Semiotext(e): Interview with Sylvere Lotringer
Sylvere Lotringer

Andreia Oliveira