Departing from the previous text, Towards a distributed model of action in the territory, there seemed to be some issues that stood out and from which we could depart from and work on: fluids, dealing with universalim, grounds and surfaces and, finally, communities. Maybe the one important question I’d like to answer (in some distant future) is about communities. If, as Appadurai (1996:48) puts it, “groups are no longer tightly territorialized (or) spatially bounded”, how they relate with and thus rebuild their environment? But as it’s so important we’ll leave them for the end. First, we need to find a language in which we can talk differently about the world, then we’ll be able to talk about this other way of relating to it in its rebuilding.
Here’s a possible path to go:
- Rethinking the fluid-solid distinction in order to find the vitality of materials .
We could start on one side of the history of the material world with ice and end up in the other side with concrete and we may even take a look at new developments in phase-change materials, which at the end could be how we look at all materials in which the vitality and energy of the world is being amassed and released.
- Understanding that ‘oneness’ is not ‘sameness’ and how difference unites ‘becomings’
We would go from Ontology, and maybe even take a glace backwards to the old days of multiculturalism, to Ontogeny in search for a real turn that may let us see how living in a same context of growth is precisely what makes possible the limitless heterogeneity of a world of ‘becomings’: things and people in movement and practicing their lives not still ‘beings’.
- Feeling the ground and other surfaces in search of where meaning is generated
We could start complicating the ground and the idea of infrastructure to see how things, people and places interact with each other not through abstract lines from some mysterious inside of each other but through the friction of its interfaces.
And maybe first on the reading list should be Ingold’s new book The life of lines, as some of the things we talked about are there.