[NetBehaviour] No Such Thing as Rest: a walk with Brian Massumi [trailer] On Vimeo

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Jan 17 13:35:57 CET 2014

No Such Thing as Rest: a walk with Brian Massumi [trailer] On Vimeo

Setting thoughts and conversation in constant motion the British 
performance and art theorist Adrian Heathfield encounters the renowned 
philosopher and cultural theorist Brian Massumi while walking the 
streets of Montreal.

In this relaxed but intensive exchange Massumi discusses issues that 
have recurred across his writing: the nature of events, their sensuous 
and affective forces, immaterial art practices and their critical 
potential under capitalism, belief and hope and their relation to 
political agency. Taking in the scene as it goes by, the film constantly 
counterpoints these ideas with a micro-attention to the environment and 
the minor events the two figures are moving through. Charged ideas are 
quietly elaborated against a vibrant, restless backdrop of everyday life.

Brian Massumi is the author of major works in contemporary philosophy 
including Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and 
Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts. He is 
also the translator of significant works of French philosophy including 
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, Jean-François 
Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, and Jacques Attali’s Noise.


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