Brian Massumi on Relational Fields

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Massumi "is particularly celebrated for his insights into the dynamics of the unconscious and the complexities of social and psychological fields. ...

EP6 Highlights:

1) Translating "Capitalism and Schizophrenia": Brian Massumi guides listeners through the intricate process of translating the seminal work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, shedding light on the challenges encountered in making such a complex text accessible to a broader audience, especially in the pre-internet era.

2) Exploring the Unconscious: Massumi unpacks Deleuze and Guattari's unique perspective on the unconscious as a dynamic and generative force, delving into the interplay between chaos and structure and how it shapes our perception of reality.

3) Navigating Social and Psychological Fields: The conversation delves into concepts like field theory, abstract and concrete, and the origins of language, as Massumi navigates through the complexities of social and psychological fields, urging listeners to critically examine the structures that govern their lives.

4) Themes of Surveillance and Freedom: As the discussion progresses, themes of surveillance, docile bodies, and the quest for freedom emerge, prompting listeners to reflect on the mechanisms of normation and the importance of self-awareness in challenging societal norms.

5) Introduction to SenseLab and Three Ecologies: Massumi introduces listeners to innovative projects like the SenseLab and the Three Ecologies project, emphasizing the power of relational fields and self-organizing collectivities in driving innovation and change.

6) Embracing the Unknown: The episode culminates in a call to action to embrace the unknown with enthusiasm, inviting listeners on a transformative journey of discovery and regeneration."