https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/issue/feed Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research 2021-07-26T13:30:59+00:00 Beatriz Revelles Benavente (editor) matterjournal@ub.edu Open Journal Systems <p>MATTER: Journal of New Materialist Research is an online publication platform published by the Cultural Pedagogies Unity (Department of Visual Arts and Design) of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. Its main objective is to offer a forum for discussing new materialism and feminism in their specific connections with questions of politics, epistemology, methodology, ethics and pedagogies from a monist perspective of knowledge production.</p> https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35886 Editorial 2021-07-26T08:31:30+00:00 Beatriz Revelles Benavente beatrizrevelles@ugr.es <p>This issue shows how matter is mathematical, artistic, propositional, an ethical apparatus, affective pedagogy and, above all, everyday experiences. The combination of these elements can help to create innovative methodologies based upon affirmative practices able to undo the global state of pandemic in which human, and more-than-human beings, suffer from their own precarity.</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35888 Mathematics in the middle: The relationship between measurement and metamorphic matter 2021-07-26T08:55:33+00:00 Elizabeth de Freitas L.de-freitas@mmu.ac.uk <p>This paper revisits philosophical questions regarding the relationship between mathematics and matter. I briefly present four contrary and contemporary perspectives on the speculative force of mathematics, as a provocation for further discussion on the subject of sciento-metrics. I first consider the ideas of the philosopher Quentin Meillassoux, as a way of setting the stage for various kinds of materialist philosophies of mathematics. I then turn to the ideas of two mathematicians - Fernando Zalamea and Giuseppe Longo - and a computer scientist - Gregory Chaitin - and explore how their discussions of contemporary mathematical practice offer important insight (and twist) regarding the relationship between mathematics and matter.</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35889 Agential realism meets feminist art. A diffractive dialogue between writers, theories and art 2021-07-26T09:02:40+00:00 Alisa Kronberger lkrall@uni-koeln.de Lisa Krall lkrall@uni-koeln.de <p>This article invites readers to follow our diffractive dialogue, which reflects on our interdisciplinary collaboration in thinking and writing with Karen Barad. Working with Barad’s diffractive methodology, we bring her agential realism, insights from quantum physics and feminist theories to contemporary feminist art. The aesthetic practices of three art works are discussed, and we argue that these call for an understanding of eco-, capitalist-, colonialist- and feminist critique as interrelated phenomena in the sense of agential realism. This is because it is not only the art works themselves that create encounter-moments of being-entangled with the bodies and discourses that surround them. From a methodological perspective, we are also interested in marking diffractive moments of encounter with the art works and between us, given our different disciplinary backgrounds. So, we intend to open up a space of encounters between Barad’s work, the work of the three artists and the work of ourselves as writers.</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35891 What do ‘propositions’ do for research-creation? Truth and modality in Whitehead and Wittgenstein 2021-07-26T09:30:20+00:00 David Ben Shannon David.Shannon@mmu.ac.uk <p>Research-creation is a way of researching socio-material processes as art practices. Scholars and artists pursuing research-creation often reference Whitehead’s conceptualisation of the ‘proposition’ as a key theoretical device for speculative and creative work. However, this scholarship perhaps downplays the truth/false distinction that is essential to Whitehead’s account of the proposition in favour of the proposition’s potential as a speculative tool. In this paper, I explore the proposition as conceptualized by Whitehead. I think with a series of music theory concepts to theorise how Whitehead’s proposition explores a modality of truth. I then discuss how the concept is taken up in research-creation. I frictionally bring together Whitehead’s articulation of the proposition with that of the early Wittgenstein’s. Finally, I discuss some promises and perils of this approach, with direct relevance to questions around research method and methodology in the social sciences. This article is of relevance to scholars interested in research applications of process philosophy, graduate or post-graduate students interested in an introduction to Whitehead, and research-creation practitioners interested in the proposition.</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35892 Apparatus and Its Uses: ‘Ecologising' Diffraction As A Materialist-Epistemological Practice 2021-07-26T09:35:18+00:00 Christopher F. Julien c.f.julien@uu.nl <p>This paper addresses the problem of how to 'do' theory without implying “that theorizing is outside the world” (Barad &amp; Gandorfer, 2021, p. 16) by elaborating a particular, ecological use of the apparatus. Tracing Foucault’s use of the dispositif (Foucault, [1977] 1980, p. 194), I argue that his key invention is identifying the generative capacity of the apparatus in terms of its constraints, which coincide with its situatedness as part of the world. By diffractively reading this invention through Barad’s posthumanist use of the apparatus, their agential realist practice of diffraction is re-iterated as a specifically 'ecologising' technique. Rather than following Barad in grounding this technique ontologically, Foucault’s “author-function” (Foucault 1969) leads me to ground such theorising an ongoing, materialist-epistemological engagement with the environment.</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35893 Towards a Feminist and Affective Pedagogy of Vulnerability 2021-07-26T09:41:33+00:00 Mónica Cano Abadía m.c.abadia@gmail.com <p>This paper gives a theoretical-affective account of my experience of teaching the course “Vulnerability, Gender, and Justice.” Applied to pedagogy, the notion of vulnerability, diffractive methodologies, and rhizomatic thinking can potentially transform traditional ways of reading philosophy, of understanding ourselves, and of understanding how we are situated in practices within molar and molecular lines. This course aimed to activate potential lines of flight that may fly away from normativity.</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35894 Becoming-cat or what a woman’s body can do 2021-07-26T09:45:20+00:00 Maria Tamboukou M.Tamboukou@uel.ac.uk <p>Drawing on a body of literature that considers narrative meaning emerging&nbsp; in intra-species entanglements, in this paper I read Gwen John’s letters revolving around her relationship with the many cats she lived with throughout her life. I am particularly interested in throwing light at moments when a woman’s body makes strong connections with the animal’s body blurring the boundaries between humans and non-humans through a cosmological ethics of care. In doing so, I follow trails of Deleuze’s and Guattari’s idea of becoming-animal, as it is fleshed out through a narrative analysis of a modernist woman artist’s letters.</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35896 Synaesthesia 2021-07-26T09:51:19+00:00 Helen Palmer H.Palmer@kingston.ac.uk <p>The following entry includes firstly a list of synaesthetic portals, and secondly an initial table of scaled sensory modalities following Felicity Colman’s ‘Fragment of a Modalities Map’ (Colman, 2019, p. 985-987).&nbsp; James Joyce famously begins his ‘Proteus’ chapter of <em>Ulysses </em>with Stephen Dedalus describing the ‘ineluctable modality of the visible’ (Joyce, 1922, p. 37). Synaesthesia presents a phenomenon whereby the modality is not merely ineluctible but is&nbsp;also a portal that can potentially link one sensory realm to another, suggesting an infrastructural connectivity that links ostensibly individuated or hermetically differentiated perceptual fields. To describe this process as merely the condition of synaptic short-circuitry affecting a small percentage of human animals does not account for the ways in which synaesthesia is always already at play in all the regular sensory categories, in its experience as and between what analytic philosophers call ‘qualia’, neither does it account for also the ways it can be played as if it were an instrument itself. Perception in general can be perceived as an organ within itself: a desiring organ, as Vicki Kirby says in <em>Quantum Anthropologies</em> (2011, p. 120).</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35899 Versions of Phenomena 2021-07-26T09:59:35+00:00 Sofie Sauzet sosa@kp.dk <p>*</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35900 Slime 2021-07-26T10:04:40+00:00 Esther Leslie e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk <p>*</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35901 The Glove as Tool To Touch: An Intra-view from Within New Dawn Felipe Duque in Conversation with Swantje Martach 2021-07-26T10:10:47+00:00 Swantje Martach swantjemartach@gmx.de Felipe Duque info@felipeduque.eu <p>New Dawn is a global arts/theories queering project, which was initiated in Berlin in 2020, and which speculates future aesthetics of the glove as “tool-to-touch.“ The present intra-view is a real ‘view-from-within,’ as it unfolds a conversation (a turning, moving, becoming [<em>versare</em>] together [<em>con</em>]) in-between the two members of this project’s theoretical section: Felipe Duque and Swantje Martach.</p> <p>This intra-view sets out to explore the role the glove plays within the touch. A gloved touch differs from a non-gloved touch, as the glove heightens the touch. The glove functions as a first other that is encountered in the touch, hence it is touched and touching us back. And it is a medium for and mediator of touching other others, as it is through the glove that the ordinarily touched (the world) is touched. By means of this double position in the touch, the glove emancipates from human control. It enables us humans to realize many touches that we alone would not be capable of, and in this way, it emancipates us from our limitations as humans. The glove is a very material invitation to become, that increases with every new gloves invented, a switch to which is just another un/dressing away.</p> <p>By focusing on the glove/hand entanglement, New Dawn can be read as promoting the haptic sense as a hitherto neglected contributor of the aesthetic. Being self-critical however, we argue that depicting the future of touch by means of the glove eventually is a rather restrictive speculation, as it limits all touch to the one we exert by and experience from hands; whereas reality disposes a multiplicity of touches (e.g. a touch between shoulders, eyes, lips). To expand future touches could thus be an interesting continuation for New Dawn.</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35902 Review of the book: New Directions in Philosophy and Literature (Rudrum, Askin, & Beckman, 2019) 2021-07-26T10:17:00+00:00 Mar Sureda Perelló marpsureda@gmail.com <p>*</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35903 Review of the book: Derrida after the End of Writing. Political Theology and New Materialism, Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (Crockett, Clayton, 2018) 2021-07-26T10:20:02+00:00 Rocco Monti rocco.monti@studenti.unimi.it <p>*</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/matter/article/view/35904 Embodied Knowledge of/with the place. Review of the book: Placemaking, A New Materialist Theory of Pedagogy (Page, Tara, 2020) 2021-07-26T10:22:50+00:00 Shiva Zarabadi shiva.zarabadi.15@ucl.ac.uk <p>*&nbsp;</p> 2021-07-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research