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Affective analysis reaches an impasse in the presence of something so deeply enfolded that it can only be unfolded by a determined, collective effort. “The Feelings of Fabulation” offers a six-step method for fabulating, informed by Deleuze's concept of powers of the false. Drawing on the method of affective analysis, fabulation adds a “zeroeth” step: making connections with the beyond or the incompossible. Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's Je veux voir is the central case study. Fabulation doesn't need to occur at the level of science fiction: small and local acts can bring the inconceivable into existence right on your doorstep, as in Sofia Bohdanowicz's Maison du bonheur, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Mysterious Object at Noon. On a large scale, fabulation carries out a “great refusal” that rejects almost all of present reality and pulls out the most distant, most unlikely fold.

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