MALAS, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences at San Diego State University, is honored to have in residence this late Summer and early Fall, the one and only Dr. Simone Belli, of Spain by way of Italy. Dr. Belli will be lecturing on his diverse body of research in the first MALAS 601 seminar this Fall 2012, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (3:30pm-6:10pm in LSN-134).
The exceptionality of 15M give rise to a collective subjectivity and shared social unrest. This social event generated an innovative speech and the reappropriation of public space. It became a body capable of making visible emotions that are inside each of us. Because the body exists also in the virtual space, participants in the 15M used social networks to mobilize people. Physical bodies (demonstrating at the Puerta del Sol), voices (ideas, posters, banners, tweets, meetings) and emotions (invisible but real) constitute this new mixture that can be understood as machines, technologies which fuse with the bodies.
Most bodies in the square, while shouting, approve, argue, and write banners, as well tweets, texts messages on social networks, shared images. Real space and virtual space intersect within this mix, enriching the linguistic and expressive chaos of social unrest. Ordinary objects for common people, like plastic chairs clobbered with mobile phones, give voice to thousands of bodies in a system that usually suppresses these voices. A camping-like place such as the one in the picture becomes an offline world, while Internet mobile phones, in an online world, are capable of fighting against formal institutions. The ability of putting the body in the language is a feature of the mutant-figure, a body that has won the man with lungs, thanks to a set of voices, emotions and new technologies. Thanks to these technologies, the body becomes a mix of digital and analogical elements, from the virtual and the real world, an online and offline experience.