Enter the Event: How is Immanent Participation?


  • Ana Ramos




immanent participation, interactivity, incorporeal materiality, affective immersion, relation, affect, event, affective reading


This paper starts with the premise that the body is the primal media: a “body-worlding”. This event folds the world into its becoming-self, and unfolds a qualitative vibration. This is the dance of affect: being affected and affecting in return. Our daily lives are made of affective states. The concepts affective immersion and incorporeal materiality are here articulated in order to think affect embodiment, and embodiment itself, as body-worlding. It creates the conditions to rethink media, interactivity, and participatory art. Affective immersion occurs every time we are totally immersed in a situation’s unfolding dynamic relation: we become the unfolding relationality. The paper argues for a materiality real but abstract that has been called “incorporeal”. This is the affective territory where affective immersion happens. Deleuze and Guattari would call this territory a “plane of immanence”.


Article received: April 23, 2020; Article accepted: June 6, 2020; Published online: October 15, 2020; Original scholarly paper


Author Biography

Ana Ramos

SenseLab, Concordia University, Montreal,

Ana Ramos holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Communication, Université de Montréal. Her current postdoctoral research at the SenseLab (Concordia University, Montreal) is devoted to process philosophy inquiry. Feeding from both affect theory and media aesthetics, her research work spans questions concerning technology, perception, and collective subjectivity. Her current research is part of a wider SenseLab research project called Immediations. She is concerned with content enactment and micropolitical implications. The key concepts of her research are media/immediation, the virtual, affect, and relation. She is currently working on a manuscript called (Im)Mediation, Affective Entanglements, and Communication Theory.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.397 DOI: https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.397




How to Cite

Ramos, A. (2020). Enter the Event: How is Immanent Participation?. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (23), 67–75. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.397



Main Topic: How to do Things with Speculative Pragmatism: Anthropocene, Aesthetics, Art