Today I am wishing that I were in Amsterdam yesterday. At the city’s Goethe Institut, If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution launched their latest reader, Reading/Feeling, which departs from a series of confluent study groups that happened in Amsterdam, Sheffield and Toronto last year around the idea of affect. Toronto’s meetings were led by Jacob Korczynski, and he was there in Amsterdam at the launch, representing the strange, tender and hilarious readings of affect we generated across the ocean. Asked by Korczynski to reflect, in retrospect, on the meetings, I was struck by the possibility that affect is not only “formative to our relationships with others,” but that it might be possible to employ affect on ourselves. Sort of like a resolution asks you to be something you are not yet. Can affect be self-administered in order to generate a desired effect? I haven’t exactly got it figured out yet, but in the meantime, I am going to watch for cracks, listen for whispers and feel for strange electricities. All this with the hope of making a gap and not filling it, in the hope of holding a point of rupture tactically.


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  1. JW says:

    of course we can and do apply affect on ourselves , of course affect can be self administered… i’m surprised anyone would think otherwise

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