Thursday, August 07, 2008

Audra Wolowiec: On "Symbiotaxiplasm"

From Lines:

Symbiotaxiplasm is a term conceived by the social science philosopher Arthur Bentley (a contemporary of John Dewey, see Art As Experience) that describes an action of interconnectedness. By breaking down the word we get something like this: a transparent substance that facilitates interdependent relationships by way of connecting various organisms. A sticky sort of we-are-all-in-it-togetherness? Perhaps this is something similar to what Marcel Duchamp meant by the infrathin—a poetic term describing the infinitely small difference between two things, like feeling the warmth left on a vacated seat, or smoke from a pipe mingling with the odors in the room—a capricious amount that attempts to quantify a difference that exists primarily on an emotional level.

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