Drift as a planetary phenomenon

Szerszynski, Bronislaw (2019) Drift as a planetary phenomenon. Performance Research, 23 (7). pp. 136-144. ISSN 1352-8165

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In this paper I situate the Situationists' derive within an analysis of drift as a planetary phenomenon. Using the concept of the middle voice', I suggest that drifting can lead us to a deeper understanding of the way that all things move, that move within the extended body of the Earth. I develop the idea of driftwork', in which drift is subsumed within a wider set of purposes or functions, and describe different forms of more-than-human driftwork, with different political implications. I conclude by suggesting that things adrift can help us trace the lineaments of a planetary ethic: an ethic that extends beyond the human, the animal, and the living to the whole extended body of the Earth; that allows us to recontextualize human practices of drifting within a planetary context; that is sensitive to the debt that all moving things owe to the planetary mobility commons that enables their motion; and that helps us to recognize our obligations of care towards all drifting things.

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Performance Research
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Performance Research on 31/01/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13528165.2018.1558436
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?? driftmobilitysituationismmotionplanetarityvisual arts and performing arts ??
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