The Fold: From Your Body to the Cosmos (Paperback)

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In The Fold, Laura U. Marks offers a practical philosophy and aesthetic theory for living in an infinitely connected cosmos. Drawing on the theories of Leibniz, Glissant, Deleuze, and theoretical physicist David Bohm--who each conceive of the universe as being folded in on itself in myriad ways--Marks contends that the folds of the cosmos are entirely constituted of living beings. From humans to sandwiches to software to stars, every entity is alive and occupies its own private enclosure inside the cosmos. Through analyses of fiction, documentary and experimental movies, interactive media, and everyday situations, Marks outlines embodied methods for detecting and augmenting the connections between each living entity and the cosmos. She shows that by affectively mediating with the ever-shifting folded relations within the cosmos, it is possible to build "soul-assemblages" that challenge information capitalism, colonialism, and other power structures and develop new connections with the infinite. With this guide for living within the enfolded and unfolding cosmos, Marks teaches readers to richly apprehend the world and to trace the processes of becoming that are immanent within the fold.

About the Author

Laura U. Marks is Grant Strate University Professor at Simon Fraser University and author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses, also published by Duke University Press, and Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image, among other books.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781478030119
ISBN-10: 1478030119
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: April 5th, 2024
Pages: 344
Language: English