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Drift as a planetary phenomenon

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Performance Research
Issue number7
Volume23
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)136-144
Publication statusPublished
Early online date31/01/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this paper I situate the Situationists’ dérive within an analysis of drift as a planetary phenomenon. Using the concept of the ‘middle voice’, I suggest that drifting can lead us to a deeper understanding of the way that all things move, that move within the extended body of the Earth. I develop the idea of ‘driftwork’, in which drift is subsumed within a wider set of purposes or functions, and describe different forms of more-than-human driftwork, with different political implications. I conclude by suggesting that things adrift can help us trace the lineaments of a planetary ethic: an ethic that extends beyond the human, the animal, and the living to the whole extended body of the Earth; that allows us to recontextualize human practices of drifting within a planetary context; that is sensitive to the debt that all moving things owe to the planetary mobility commons that enables their motion; and that helps us to recognize our obligations of care towards all drifting things.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Performance Research on 31/01/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13528165.2018.1558436