Gregory J. Seigworth & Melissa Gregg
How to begin when, after all, there is no pure or somehow
originary state for a√ect? A√ect arises in the midst of in-
between-ness: in the capacities to act and be acted upon. A√ect
is an impingement or extrusion of a momentary or sometimes
more sustained state of relation as well as the passage (and the
duration of passage) of forces or intensities. That is, a√ect is
found in those intensities that pass body to body (human,
nonhuman, part-body, and otherwise), in those resonances
that circulate about, between, and sometimes stick to bodies
and worlds, and in the very passages or variations between
these intensities and resonances themselves. A√ect, at its most
anthropomorphic, is the name we give to those forces—visceral
forces beneath, alongside, or generally other than conscious
knowing, vital forces insisting beyond emotion—that can serve
to drive us toward movement, toward thought and extension,
that can likewise suspend us (as if in neutral) across a barely
registering accretion of force-relations, or that can even leave
us overwhelmed by the world’s apparent intractability. Indeed,
a√ect is persistent proof of a body’s never less than ongoing
immersion in and among the world’s obstinacies and rhythms,
its refusals as much as its invitations.
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