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Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy

Erin Manning


This book offers a philosophy of movement, challenging the idea that movement is simple displacement in space, knowable only in terms of the actual. Exploring the relation between sensation and thought through the prisms of dance, cinema, art, and new media, it argues for the intensity of movement. From this idea of intensity—the incipiency at the heart of movement—the author develops the concept of preacceleration, which makes palpable how movement creates the relational intervals out of which displacements take form. Discussing her theory of incipient movement in terms of dance and relationa ... More

Keywords: preacceleration, incipient movement, choreographic practices, Leni Riefenstahl, Étienne-Jules Marey, Norman McLaren, Bergson, Aboriginal artists, prearticulation, Whiteheadian perspective

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262134903
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262134903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Manning, author