The Minor Gesture
Erin Manning is University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. She is the author of several books, including Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance, also published by Duke University Press.
The question of method is at the forefront in chapter 1. Working closely with Alfred North Whitehead’s book The Function of Reason, the chapter seeks to articulate how a speculative pragmatism must always go beyond method. Research-creation is here aligned to study, and the question of how thought and making compose is key. A proposition is made that creative work is a thinking in its own right, and philosophy also a form of making. The question remains: what are the operative differences between these forms of making-thinking. The chapter argues that this difference must be what orients the process, not preimposed method.