Feb 28, 2013
We vainly try to hold a shaking umbrella over forms of difference that are rapidly blowing away with the vectoral winds. And then we find out that the umbrella of identity has blown away, as well.
This new experience of difference is an experience of an active trajectory between places, identities, formations, rather than a drawing of borders, be they of the self or place. This is antipodiality. Antipodiality is the experience of difference created by the vector. The acceleration of the vectors of transnational communications makes this antipodiality more common, from Kosovo to Kansas. With satellite TV beaming into every part of the globe, with the Internet spreading from west to east, many people are experiencing it. In the overdeveloped world, both the culture of everyday life and the culture of scholarly thinking about the present seem to me to betray the traces of unease if not downright paranoia about antipodiality. Yet it is the emergent experience that yields new possibilities for art and life.

McKenzie Wark, (from “To the Vector the Spoils”)

I came across this quote in my reading and absorbing for a paper I am writing for Colin Koopman’s NetPhi seminar. The context is about the power of “vectors,” Wark’s conception of a new way in which we order perception.

A “third nature” is emerging, one of new patterns of proximity, prosperity, and poverty represented by the relations and flows of information, money, jobs, and livelihoods. The focus is no longer on sources or destinations, but the flows between them.