This panel explores the paradoxical role of images, sounds and other media in the emplacement and displacement of affective communities: the creative processes by which the intensive nature of affective experience becomes invested in and divested from the extended world of people, places and things.
This panel explores, theoretically and ethnographically, the paradoxical role of images, sounds and other media in the emplacement and displacement of affective communities. Through the empirical focus on such media, it seeks to shed light on broader processes by which the 'internal' nature of affective experience becomes both invested in and divested from the extended world of places, people and things. Affect is understood here as the intensive yet open-ended aspect of a sensation, its potential to become something other than it is. At the same time, that affect may be situated or captured in the form of a given emotion, a specific emotional investment can equally take on the unbounded form and intensity of affect. We propose the notion of medi@tion to account for the complex and creative processes by which sounds and images become the object, expression or vehicle of affect, and thereby contribute towards the formation, dissemination and transformation of affective communities. In tune with the theme, 'Creativity & Emotions', our emphasis lies in the material things (images and sounds) and the processes of medi@ation (via audiovisual media, radio, internet) through which affective connections with the world take on meaning and body, converting abstract spaces into inhabited places, charged with affect. If the affective resonances produced or expressed by such media may crystalize into shared and recognized ways of seeing and being-in the world, they can likewise contribute toward the invention of new modes of feeling out and embodying as-of-yet indefinite relations between people(s) and places.