I thought I would draw your attention to the Micropolitics Research Group. I think “micropolitics” might present a possible modus operandi for drawing connections between art and politics, and more specifically the possible formations and structures of community that might occur or come into being through ruptures in the “distribution of the sensible.” As a concept, “micropolitics” works as an identification of a sphere or process of articulation between community and artistic work. What is particularly interesting is that the Micropolitics Research Group seems to work at the intersections between theory and practice – analysing and interacting with current “creative production” and investigating how this production might carry a disruptive agency rather than being subsumed by the “system.”
What is Micropolitics?
A term that comes (originally?) from Deleuze or Foucault – I have not yet traced its proper theoretical genealogy. It is the way in which affect or emotion becomes resonant (I guess largely through artistic or creative praxis in this instance) on the level of subjectivity or subjectivation, generating the “surplus creativity” that the Micropolitics Research Group identifies as contributing to cognitive capitalism as well as modes of resistance, refusal, or exodus.
See the group’s own definition on their blog.
What is Militant Theory?
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the Micropolitics Research Group is their engagement with the idea of militant theory. I wonder if militant theory might be a lively and productive way to drive our own writings and theorisations about community into (dialogue, exchange, relevancy, political relation to) community. Here is the Micropolitics Research Group’s definition of militant research:
Related to practices of co-research and institutional analysis, militant research proposes that all new knowledge production affects and modifies the bodies and subjectivities of those who have participated. Rather than use research as a tool to categorise and separate knowledge from practice, militant research operates transversally, becoming part of the process that organises relationships between bodies, knowledge, social practices and fields of action.