Thoughts on Argentina's Conjunctures :: Recuperating Work, Recovering Life (2005-2007)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

On the "soft revolution"

[A few brief thoughts from ongoing conversations I'm having with my dear compañeros, Greig de Peuter and Christine Shaw. Stay tuned for more....]

The soft revolution is a revolution against hardness. The soft revolutionary moment sees soft expressions caress the hard enclosures of empire in ways that melt these enclosures' hard edges with the humane counter-power of love. The soft revolution is intensely synaesthetic, fully immersive, deeply affectual. It revolutionizes all of our senses, breaking them free from the one-dimensional obligations that encase our everyday lives. By engaging with the the world and each other softly -- through our sexuality, affectivity, musicality, love, tactility...in short, through our desires -- we open up our capacities to reverberate and resonate within one another. The soft revolution resonates love. To touch the world and each other softly is to engage in ways of experiencing that impale our hearts with the loveliness of life rather than the ugliness of death. The soft revolution affirms life.