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Intoxicated Passion

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Edward Wainwright


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Sam Austin & Edward Wainwright (Newcastle University, UK)What is Passion? [...] It’s a state, something that falls on you out of the blue, that takes hold of you, that grips you for no reason, that has no origin. [...]Passion gives itself all the conditions necessary to continue, and, at the same time, it destroys itself. In a state of Passion one is not blind. One is simply not oneself. To be oneself no longer makes Sense. – Foucault, 1996Passion is turmoil; it puts us into a place of intoxication. The self that attempts to identify as solid and stable is agitated through stimuli external to the body: sound, light, chemicals, space. Passion is unstable: it consumes itself and yet is capable of continual expansion. Passion as intoxication can, through careful modulation, induce an experience of turmoil that moves us out of ‘ourselves’ and allows a space outside of the colonization of capital to open up. How this turmoil can be produced spatially and aesthetically through material and immaterial encounters has formed the basis of our design and research studio at Newcastle University. We propose to present our experiences of designing with and through spatial intoxication, and to contemplate the capacity for resistance through moments when ‘one is simply not Oneself’.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wainwright E, Austin S

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Research Networking Day - CTM-2018, Berlin

Year of Conference: 2018

Pages: Recording of presentation, published on Soundcloud, at 41.52mins

Acceptance date: 10/01/1953

Publisher: CTM