Date of Award

Spring 4-19-2019

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Interdisciplinary Program


Owen Smith

Second Committee Member

Laurie Hicks

Third Committee Member

Michael Kinnison

Additional Committee Members

Erin Manning

Iain Kerr


This research is composing in the moving with affective speeds and rhythms, instead of unfolding direct and in linear ways. It is important to come across different planes of composition in movement. There are so many planes of voices spinning around in relation. Research-creation seems as forms of relations and an invitation to appreciate the collectivity at the heart of thinking. The many entering-into relation within a differential thought in the making of its own.

Emergent properties in non-human interactions, such as those presented in Steven Shaviro ́s Against Self-Organization (2009) and Brain Massumi, are symptomatic of how individualities relate to creative tendencies in relation to the human, non-human dynamism, and emergence as a state or condition. Emergence can be co-joined around the notion of self-organization, “the spontaneous production of a level of reality having its own rules of formation and order of connection” (Massumi, 2002). Self-organization emphasizes on matter-energy which Gilles Deleuze conceives of as the difference or line variation running through all things. Therefore, Deleuze focuses on immanence, how new forms are created, and on the ways in which material bodyings self-organize rather than being forced to do so.

Moreover, the research in this dissertation seeks to generate a charged environment where human and non-human emergent processes activate creative encounters that co-create and co-shape each other (Delueze and Guattari, 2003; Stangers, 2017; Manning 2009). This study investigates how complexities and relations expand as an attractor of potentialities, that informs a matrix as movement, and recognizes nodes of the matrix as connections for such movements.

My research is transdisciplinary, where experimental work interconnects art, science- zoology, architecture and process philosophy, and conjoins such with non-human emergent processes which are complex systems that activate intermodalities in their doing. These areas of research focus on, thread processes and transdisciplinary art doings.Textiles seen as intensities, transformations, movements, multiplicities of sensations experienced by familiar bodies in resonance with the world in acts of co-composing.

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