Speculative Virontology: Malevolent Infrastructure against the Design of Infrastructural Intimacy in Pulse


  • Andrija Filipović




virontology, design, infrastructure, intimacy, malevolency, horror


In this article, speculative virontology refers to a form of thought that revalues the biontological framework present in current queer theoretical and new materialist thinking. Using an archive of horror films, Paul Golding’s Pulse from 1988 in particular, this article points toward malevolent infrastructure – the conceptualization of matter that is performatively terrorizing the closedness of mutually constitutive design of infrastructural intimacy and the immanence of biontology. Both intimacy and immanence depend on production of space and time which exclude forms of life that are not white middle-class cisnormative (re)productive heterosexuality and thus deemed not properly alive and outside of Being. The figure of the Virus upsets these processes of exclusion and divisions, and reorders conceptuality away from immanence and biontology toward what is non-biontological, toward that which is neither Life nor Nonlife.

Author Biography

Andrija Filipović

Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade

Andrija Filipović is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University in Belgrade, Serbia. They are the author of Arsahumana: Anthropocene ontographies in the 21 st century art and culture (2022), Conditio ahumana: Immanence and the ahuman in the Anthropocene (2019), and monographs on Brian Massumi (2016) and Gilles Deleuze (2015). Their articles appeared in Sexualities, The Comparatist, Contemporary Social Science, Journal of Homosexuality, NORMA, and a number of edited volumes. Their research interests include environmental humanities, queer theory, and contemporary philosophy.


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How to Cite

Filipović, A. (2022). Speculative Virontology: Malevolent Infrastructure against the Design of Infrastructural Intimacy in Pulse. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (28), 179–191. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i28.525