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Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance


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In Always More Than One, the philosopher, visual artist, and dancer Erin Manning explores the concept of the andquot;more than humanandquot; in the context of movement, perception, and experience. Working from Whitehead's process philosophy and Simondon's theory of individuation, she extends the concepts of movement and relation developed in her earlier work toward the notion of andquot;choreographic thinking.andquot; Here, she uses choreographic thinking to explore a mode of perception prior to the settling of experience into established categories. Manning connects this to the concept of andquot;autistic perception,andquot; described by autistics as the awareness of a relational field prior to the so-called neurotypical tendency to andquot;chunkandquot; experience into predetermined subjects and objects. Autistics explain that, rather than immediately distinguishing objectsandmdash;such as chairs and tables and humansandmdash;from one another on entering a given environment, they experience the environment as gradually taking form. Manning maintains that this mode of awareness underlies all perception. What we perceive is never first a subject or an object, but an ecology. From this vantage point, she proposes that we consider an ecological politics where movement and relation take precedence over predefined categories, such as the neurotypical and the neurodiverse, or the human and the nonhuman. What would it mean to embrace an ecological politics of collective individuation?


The philosopher, visual artist, and dancer Erin Manning explores the concept of the "more than human" in the context of movement, perception, and experience.

About the Author

Erin Manning is University Research Chair in Philosophy and Relational Art and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. She is the author of Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy and Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty and coauthor, with Brian Massumi, of Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (forthcoming).

Table of Contents

Prelude / Brian Massumi ix

Acknowledgments xxv

1. Toward a Leaky Sense of Self 1

Interlude. When Movement Dances 13

2. Always More Than One 16

Interlude. Dancing the Virtual 30

3. Waltzing the Limit 41

4. Propositions for the Verge 74

Interlude. What Else? 91

5. Choreography as Mobile Architecture 99

Interlude. Fiery, Luminous, Scary 124

6. The Dance of Attention 133

7. An Ethics of Language in the Making 149

Interlude. Love the Anonymous Elements 172

8. The Shape of Enthusiasm 184

Coda. Another Regard 204

Notes 223

Bibliography 257

Index 267

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Manning, Erin
Duke University Press
Dance - Reference
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Trade Cloth
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33 illustrations

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