Brian Massumi and
After the Planes
A Dialogue about Movement, Perception and Politics
14 x 21 cm
Humans, data, goods, money—everything is in motion. It is not always clear what enables these processes in the first place and why they run sometimes more smoothly and sometimes less. The forces that set the world in motion seem to operate invisibly.
Against this backdrop this book, which has borrowed its title from Don DeLillo’s 9/11 novel “Falling Man,” asks seminal questions: How do new forms of power and counter-power condition the movements of humans, data, goods, money? How do movement-based powers struggle to make our high-voltage environment livable?
“After the Planes” has been conceived in the context of TACIT FUTURES, a project by Berliner Gazette e.V. encompassing research, interviews and public events.
“This is a book that, like an x-ray, makes visible today’s hidden infrastructure of movement. The images and the writing presented here have been calibrated to capture, to freeze in the frame, the light emitted by power in motion that usually exists outside the spectrum of our perception.”
“The human has always been on the move throughout its history. Or is it more accurate to say that a movement of relational transformation has moved through the human?”
“Seeing with the omnipresent eyes of the observation society also enables seeing through the eyes of another subject. Here, in these openings, is where one's movements become political.”
Brian Massumi (1956) lives as a philosopher and social theorist in Montreal, Canada. His research encompasses art, architecture, cultural studies and philosophy. Massumi teaches at the Université de Montréal in the department of communication studies. He frequently collaborates with Erin Manning, Director of the Sense Lab, a research-creation laboratory affiliated with Hexagram: Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technology in Montreal. Massumi‘s many publications include “The Politics of Everyday Fear” (1993), “Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation” (2002), “What Animals Teach Us about Politics” (2014), “The Power at the End of the Economy” (2015), “Ontopower: War, Powers, and the State of Perception” (2015). He is also widely known for his English-language translations of Jean-François Lyotard’s “The Postmodern Condition”, Jacques Attali‘s “Noise” as well as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari‘s “A Thousand Plateaus”.
Krystian Woznicki (1972) lives as a journalist and critic in Berlin, Germany. He is founder and co-publisher of Berliner Gazette (www.berlinergazette.de) and curator of Berliner Gazette's conferences. Woznicki’s work adresses socio-cultural and political questions related to globalization and digitalization. His publications include “McDeutsch. Globalisierung der deutschen Sprache” (2007), “Abschalten. Paradiesproduktion, Massentourismus und Globalisierung” (2008), “Wer hat Angst vor Gemeinschaft? Ein Dialog mit Jean-Luc Nancy” (2009), “Vernetzt” (2009), “Modell Autodidakt” (2011, with Magdalena Taube) and “Komplizen” (2014, with Magdalena Taube). Since the 1990s his photographic work has been published in print and online media such as Frankfurter Rundschau, springerin, Studio Voice and Wired Japan.