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Massumi, Brian

Full Professor


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Massumi, Brian

Research expertise

My research follows two principal directions of inquiry, guided by a common philosophical approach. The first bears on the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary issues in communications. This research focuses on emergent modes of expression and modalities of experience, individual and collective, in particular as revealed by contemporary practices in digital and interactive art. The second is concerned with contemporary theories of power in the context of globalized capitalism. The philosophical perspective linking these two research directions is “radical empiricism,” which asserts the primacy of relation and becoming (Bergson, James, Whitehead, Simondon, Deleuze/Guattari).

Areas of expertise


MASSUMI, B. (2011). Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

MASSUMI, B., ERIN MANNING (2011) "No Title Yet". Dans Le cabinet de Bracha: Carnets, Dessins, Peintures, Scanographies 1981-2011, Patrick Le Nouëne (éd.). Angers: Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angers: 37-52.

MASSUMI, B. (2011). "Fragments d'action pour la ville" (entrevue), dans Inter: Art Actuel (Montréal), no. 109 (avril 2011): 16-21.

MASSUMI, B. (2010). Ontomacht. Kunst, Affekt und das Ereignis des Politischen (traduction allemande de Claudia Weigel), Berlin: Merve Verlag, 2010.

MASSUMI, B. (2010). "The Future Birth of the Affective Fact: The Political Ontology of Threat" dans The Affect Theory Reader, Gregory Seigworth et Melissa Gregg (éds). Durham: Duke University Press: 52-70.

MASSUMI, B. (2009). "National Enterprise Emergency", Theory, Culture & Society, 26 (6): 153-185.

MASSUMI, B. (2009). "Of Microperception and Micropolitics", Inflexions: Revue de recherche-création, no 2 (octobre 2009), www.inflexions.org

MASSUMI, B. (2008). "Perception attack. Note sur un temps de guerre", Multitudes, no 34 (automne 2008): 74-83. multitudes.samizdat.net

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