By Erin Manning
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It is the lure for feeling, the lure for the creativity generated at the heart of difference. For each occasion, as stated above, only emerges as such as the difference in a multiphasing process of individuation. To have emerged as this or that constellation is to have colluded into a dephasing that activated a differential between what was and what will have come to be. Whitehead’s notion of the “creative advance” rests on the understanding that experience is not continuous but composed of differentials and integrations—once more, the becoming of continuity.
A play of forces and waves of forces, at the same time one and many . . 4 The process of bodying is, as Simondon would say, a continuous case of in-formation: “information is that by which the incompatibility of a nonresolved system becomes an organizational dimension in its resolution: information supposes a change in the phase of a system, since it supposes a first preindividual state that individuates according to the discovered organization” (1989, 22). Information has little to do with a communicational process and even less with a linear one.
It is a suprasociality, a relationality activated at the very interval of relation itself, not yet having landed on individualization. This is relationality at its most intensive, an opening to the complex fielding of multiplicity as yet undifferentiated. To posit this quality of relationality as “autistic” is to radically misrepresent both suprasociality (by negating its relational force) and to simplify autism (by assuming that autism and the asocial are one and the same). Understanding how this suprasociality works will allow us to better understand the relationship between vitality affects, affective tonality, and affective attunement.
Always More Than One by Erin Manning