convulsa or The Need for Each Other’s Relay

Visual essay as contribution to the online conference

„On Activity II: Space and Materiality“
organized by Michael Friedman and Samo Tomšič

an event of „Matters of Activity - Image Space, Material“, Cluster of Excellence, Humboldt University Berlin, March 19, 2021


convulsa or The Need for Each Other’s Relay

Ok, lets start to entangle....What could be an institutional critique of the tradition of masculinist
thinking of space or space of thinking? Whereas “man thinks with his objects” according to
Jacques Lacan, we could respond with Ursula K. le Guin’s Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction that
the first cultural device was probably a recipient, like a sling, a bundle, or a net carrier—not a
bone, as a tool, a weapon, or a symbol. Such a vessel is, to speak with Catherine Malabou,
“(...) an empty but resistant essence, an essence that is resistant precisely because it is empty”.

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