[-empyre-] TBT (ae)ffective as a kinopoltical gesture and safety tool

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Mon Feb 29 04:13:53 AEDT 2016

dear Ricardo, dear all

>> [Ricardo schreibt]
>I was struggling to comprehend Ricardo's references to "gesture" and "kinopolitics" (this misleading term) 
(I asked this before, when I wondered how the migrant from Honduras or Guatemala will download the border tool app when she crosses, 
say, from Mexico to Arizona and loses her way in the desert?)>

"Kino" (just mean movement): before vowels, kin-, word-forming element meaning "motion," from Greek kino-, from kinein "to move."
The politics of movement or motion.
Who has the right to move and where do they have to right to move to or  move away from?
TBT is both affective and effective-both poetic and utilitarian-TBT does both at the same time.
(Or else the NGO's we worked with would not have worked with us.)
It is (ae)ffective app.
I do not understand why you find it so difficult to imagine both at the  same time.

yes, you are quite right of course, it's my problem and possibly a different cultural/language formation
that makes me associate cinema with Kino, the way germanic and russian languages and writing
on the politics/aesthetics of 20th Century cinema shape an understanding different from Thomas Nail's
who claims (in 2015) to have invented the term 'kinopolitics' -  
I went to have a look, and found his explanation of "social motion' here:

Part 2 of this book is a radicalization of Marx's concept of primitive accumulation and social periodicity under the concept of "expansion by expulsion." However, before we can elaborate on the consequences of such a concept for the phenomenon of historical and contemporary movement, it needs to be further defined according to the more general method followed here: the analytics of social motion,, or what I call "kinopolitics", from the Greek word kino, meaning movement.

Kinopoltics is the theory and analysis of social motion: the politics of movement, Instead of analyzing societies as primarily static, spatial or temporal, kinopolitics or social kinetics understands them primarily as "regimes of motion."  Societies are always in motion: directing people and objects, reproducing their social conditions (periodicity), and striving to expand their territorial, political, juridicial, and economic power through diverse forms of expulsion. In this sense, it is possible to identify something like a political theory of movement. 
>>[The Figure of the Migrant, by Thomas Nail, in the section on "Expansion by expulsion"]

these short paragraphs alone could of course be discussed at length....

My question about your notion of the "gesture" (and your theatrical reference in regard to the Transborder Immigrant Tool) was meant simply to raise discussion about the rhetorical (or you may call it affective poetic) nature of what I meant to interrogate as, in some contexts, futile gestures.


Johannes Birringer

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