How might we understand entanglements of the mind, brain, body and world? And how can we develop creative forms of experimentation to enact these entanglements?

In this unique contribution, Blackman focuses upon the affective capacities of bodies, human and non-human as well as addressing the challenges of the affective turn within social sciences. Fresh and convincing, this book uncovers the paradoxes and tensions in work in affect studies by focusing on practices and experiences, including voice hearing, suggestion, hypnosis, telepathy, the placebo effect, rhythm and related phenomena. Questioning the traditional idea of mind over matter, as well as discussing the danger of setting up a false distinction between the two, this book makes for an invaluable addition within cultural theory and the recent turn to affect.

In a powerful and engaging matter, Blackman discusses the immaterial body across the neurosciences, physiology, media and cultural studies, body-studies, artwork, performance, psychology and psychoanalysis. Interdisciplinary in its core, this book is a must for everyone seeking a dynamic and thought provoking analysis of culture and communication today.

Affect, Energy, Rhythm and Transmission

Affect, energy, rhythm and transmission

One is inside

then outside what one has been inside

One feels empty

Because there is nothing inside oneself

One tries to get inside oneself

that inside of the outside

that one was once inside

once one tries to get oneself inside what

one is outside:

to eat and to be eaten

to have the outside inside and to be

inside the outside (Laing, 1970: 83)

I have started this chapter with an excerpt from R.D. Laing's poetic translations of some of the relational dynamics that he observed in his clinical practice. He famously referred to them as knots, tangles, fankles, impasses, disjunctions, whirligogs and binds. The knots refer to those relational connections that circulate between people that are characterized by a kind of rhythmic repetition. This rhythmic ...

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