We Found Love in a Hopeless Place

Affect theory for activists

Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Surrogate, 2014. Oil and wax on canvas, 72 x 66”. Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.

Affect offers a new approach to this old problem: What latent thing do you and I, two powerless individuals, share that might, if activated, endow us with a common sense of things, and from there a collective potency? Affect theory does not discover an authentic self buried by oppression; it constructs one anew from the wreckage of defeat. In doing so, it assembles collective knowledge against the devil on your shoulder that whispers that you are alone in this — in this dead-end job, in this broken relationship, in debt, in depression, in paralysis.

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