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LIQUID, GASEOUS, POROUS

Hardware has been replaced by software. Certainties have been replaced by dynamic realities. Heavy structures have been replaced by a light touch and ever-changing systems. The stories we tell each other about the world and ourselves have lost their solidity and certainty.

Liquidity can be seen both as a liberation from the solid and as its breakdown. The liquid forces us to think other non-stable states and configurations: the gaseous, the porous and the void.

Beginning in 2000 with an analysis of Liquid Modernity the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman continued to explore Liquid Love (the frailty of human bonds), Liquid Life (the precariousness of contemporary living conditions), Liquid Fear (the constant anxieties of imminent catastrophes) and Liquid Times (the inherent uncertainties of ever changing frames of reference).

In Cinema 1: The Movement Image (1986), Deleuze makes a distinction between three different kinds of perception: solid perception, liquid perception and gaseous perception. Gaseous perception is defined as an image-system where everything is at the service of variation and interaction. Gaseous perception describes a molecular inter-relationship of images, a kind of montage of the world that carries perception into matter.

Thinking through Bauman’s and Deleuze’s conjugation of the liquid, porous and gaseous we might consider some key notions:
Porous space (connected topography)
Dissolving history (the non-diachronic)
Gaseous images (ghosts and hauntings)
Liquid work (and precarious conditions)
Melted identities (and politics)
Liquefied media and processes (and our changing roles as artists)

Together we can define further areas of focus through (in no particular order) thinking, reading, discussing, watching films, looking at art, travelling, talking to artists and writers, planning an exhibition and/or publication (all of which is what I do most of the time anyway).

Proposed trips Cairo or Johannesburg (?) and London.

Definition: Liquid is the only state with a definite volume but no fixed shape. A liquid is made up of tiny vibrating particles of matter, such as atoms and molecules, held together by intermolecular bonds. Like a gas, a liquid is able to flow and take the shape of a container. What distinguishes a gas from liquids and solids is the vast separation of the individual gas particles and that it disperses to fill the entire space available.

 
 

  

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