By Erin Manning

In Always greater than One, the thinker, visible artist, and dancer Erin Manning explores the idea that of the "more than human" within the context of move, notion, and adventure. operating from Whitehead's strategy philosophy and Simondon's concept of individuation, she extends the thoughts of move and relation constructed in her prior paintings towards the inspiration of "choreographic thinking." the following, she makes use of choreographic pondering to discover a style of belief sooner than the settling of expertise into verified different types. Manning connects this to the idea that of "autistic perception," defined via autistics because the information of a relational box ahead of the so-called neurotypical tendency to "chunk" event into predetermined matters and items. Autistics clarify that, instead of instantly distinguishing objects—such as chairs and tables and humans—from each other on getting into a given setting, they adventure the surroundings as progressively taking shape. Manning keeps that this mode of knowledge underlies all notion. What we understand is rarely first an issue or an item, yet an ecology. From this vantage element, she proposes that we think about an ecological politics the place stream and relation take priority over predefined different types, similar to the neurotypical and the neurodiverse, or the human and the nonhuman. What would it not suggest to embody an ecological politics of collective individuation?

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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.

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